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From Jennifer Allen
I love to collect recipes. There is a love of cooking and collecting recipes passed down from my great-grandma to my Mom then to me. I have been collecting recipes since I was 16. I have changed the way I keep my recipe collection several times. I started out in one of those recipe folders, but quickly outgrew it. I then switched to card holders. I outgrew that as well. This is my current system:
This is very simple and inexpensive way to keep your recipes organized.Buy a shoe size plastic container with a lid for $1.00 at Walmart. Buy card separators and write your categories on the tabs. These are my categories:
Appetizers and Dips
Jams, Jellies, and Preserves
Biscuits & Muffins
Sauces & Gravies
Cakes & Frosting
I keep extra 3 x 5 cards in the very front of my recipe box to grab for any that I want to write down instead of print.
When I create my menu plans each week I pull those recipes out of the box. I have a recipe folder. On the left side I put recipes I’m interested in but haven’t filed yet. On the right side of the folder I put all the recipes I will use for my menu plan this week. When the week is through I take those out and put them back in the recipe box.
When we bought our house the previous owners had installed this nifty pull down shelf in the kitchen. I don’t know what they used it for. I put it to good use. That’s where I put the food magazines I need to look through and the green folder with my current recipes in it.
I can push this up and out of the way. Works great! If I didn’t have this I would put my current recipe folder in the cabinet with all my recipe books.
A couple of times a year I go through my recipes and get rid of the ones that may not have been awful but certainly weren’t a big hit. As I am cooking if something was really great I put a happy face on the recipe. Those become well used favorites! If the food from a recipe was awful it’s a simple decision. I open the trash can and toss the recipe (okay, sometimes the food too). Keeps life easier. Not making that mistake twice! This makes for a happy hubby and less waste of my food.