Organize Your Recipes

Menus4Moms: Ways to Organize Your RecipesHere a few methods I have found to organize recipes:

Photo Albums

You can place clipped recipes and recipe cards in a any type of photo album (hint: go to the thrift stores and pick up inexpensive albums) although the type of albums that you can add pages to would be best because this will help you organize the album better. You can place tabs on pages to divide the album into categories then simply place your clipped recipes into the appropriate category. This method is a great way to keep all loose recipes together. The plastic protection will help keep your recipes clean.

A Recipe File

Get an accordion-type file to organize clipped recipes and recipe cards. Label each section with a different recipe category then simply file your recipes. This method will at least keep them all together and is quick, but you will have to sort through all the recipes in a certain category when trying to find a particular recipe.

A Recipe Box

With a recipe box, you can put different categories onto tabbed dividers and you can buy more dividers if necessary. You can file clipped recipes but it is neater if you write them onto recipe cards which is time consuming. As with the accordion file, you’ll have to sort through recipes in a category to find one.

A Computer Recipe Program

If you have a little spare time this is a great way to compile all of your favorite recipes–including ones in your recipe books. These programs are pre-formatted so you just fill in the blanks. It can get time consuming entering in all your recipes, but if you stick to entering in 1 or 2 recipes a day, you’ll make some progress. There’s a number of benefits using this method, one being that you can easily find recipes and print them out. You can print out recipes and make homemade cookbooks to give to your friends and relatives. The program will figure the nutrition information for your recipes. Some programs offer a menu maker and a shopping list. It’s also easy to locate certain recipes with certain ingredients. For example, if I have ground beef on hand, I can do a search for ‘ground beef’ and the program will bring up all recipes with ground beef in it. Also, these programs come with recipes–so if you don’t want to enter your own, you’ll still have a great cookbook to use all these features on.

A Three Ring Binder

I use the three-ring binder in conjunction with my recipe programs. I have put tabbed page dividers into it and labeled each divider with its own recipe category. Whenever I print out a recipe to use from my recipe programs, I punch holes in it and place it into the appropriate category in the three-ring binder. This eliminates the need for me to re-print the recipe later. I hope this article gives you some ideas for organizing your recipes. Recipe collecting can be a fun hobby especially if it is organized!

Benefits of Recipe e-Books
  • Rather than lugging out a cookbook and turning pages for hours searching for the perfect recipe, simply click open a recipe e-book on your computer, do a quick search for an ingredient or key word, then print your recipe!
  • Get your cookbook dirty & it’s ruined; get your printed recipe from a recipe e-book dirty, simply print a new one!
  • Make your own customized cookbook by filing your favorite printed recipes in a 3-ring binder with dividers!
  • Print favorite recipes for your friends & family, or even make them a homemade cookbook!
  • Save all that valuable space those cookbooks are taking and use recipe e-books instead! [ED: Link no longer active]

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About the Author: Monica Resinger is a loving wife and doting mother of two who enjoys gardening, painting, dancing and homemaking. She edits and publishes the e-zine The Homemaker’s Journal, a free e-zine published Monday through Friday, that features a useful homemaking tip and scrumptious recipe of the day; if you’d like to subscribe, visit:

About Mary Ann

Mary Ann Kelley has been creating meal plans online for over 15 years, first as part of TheHomeSchoolMom's cooking resources for busy moms and later on Menus4Moms, which has been highlighted by "Diner's Journal," The New York Times' Blog on Dining Out, and PBS Parents' "Kitchen Explorer."

Mary Ann loves cooking and she loves planning/organizing, so meal planning is a natural intersection of the two. She believes her mission for the meal plans is being fulfilled when visitors let her know that she has helped them save time and money by teaching them to plan ahead and become more efficient in the kitchen.

When Mary Ann is not cooking or publishing, she enjoys reading, researching genealogy, and traveling.

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