I am an old school soul- I like my pieces of paper. Phones & internet are great, but for lots of things, I still prefer physical piece of paper. There is no exception when it comes to recipes, working in the magazine industry I had accumulated way too many food magazines. Lot of them would only have 1 or two recipes in I’d actually liked, so I started ripping or cutting the recipes out. After my pile was getting bigger by the day- I needed to come up with a way of how to organise recipes that will make sense to me & make me actually use them.
I am not going to lie- this was one of those tasks that after I started I thought- why did I do this?
But long story short- I have all my recipes nicely organised in a folder, which is easily navigated and also lots of room to add new ones in.
What I used:
- Lever arch folder
- A4 white sheets of paper
- Glue stick
- Top opening clear A4 pockets
- Divider inserts
Here’s how I did it:
I went through all the recipes that I had cut out from magazines and separated them out in categories. See below image of all the categories I used. I weeded out ones I know I won’t make.
Make sure you have all your filing things at the ready before you start. I picked one category and went through it again and this time – I sub-categorised.
For example- for chicken- I separated these out into- roasts, normal dinners, tray bakes, foreign dishes.
Before glueing any recipe down, I cut all the excess paper off the recipe. I did a page at a time and glued them down. If the sub-category was the same, I glued them on both sides. Once you’ve done that, slide them into your clear pockets. Work through all your categories & sub categories.
Once you have done all the you can arrange them in your folder with dividers to separate all the different categories out. I went for the alphabetic order approach, as I find this being the best way for me to locate recipes.
I used the clear pockets to protect the recipes from when I am using them in the kitchen.
Recipe pictures- I kept some, but majority I cut out to save space. You can always add your own ones once you’ve made them.
I have answered my own question – How to organise recipes? Has this helped you? Are you a digital recipe hoarder or more like me?
Any favourites in your book you like to make often?