HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR RECIPES: Today’s post is coming to you from my kitchen. There are homemade pumpkin bread muffins in the oven at the moment, and my two sick twin boys are reclining on the sofa. Pumpkin bread is their personal favorite, so I’m baking it in hopes that they feel better soon. I’ve had this recipe in my recipe binder for years, so I thought it best to explore how to organize your recipes. Let’s get started.
My husband and I will celebrate 20 years of marriage next year, so I have accumulated quite a few recipes over the years. Some are handwritten recipes from my mom, my mother-in-law, and a few more special people in my life.
I have sentimental attachment to those particular recipes because they are handwritten by people I love and mostly written on index cards. I wouldn’t want to part with these index cards because they represent family and sharing meals together, which I think is an important tradition.
I use a recipe binder. It’s pretty simple and messy from cooking. I didn’t clean it up for a beautiful photo, because it is a fairly good representation of our lives. It’s not clean and perfect, but it has splatters of food and cooking mishaps, which represent memories of my kids and I cooking together in my kitchen.
Bonus Clip: Here is an excellent video of someone who did a great job setting up her recipe binder. Watch it and let it inspire you!
My binder has a large width and a clear pocket cover for my “Recipes” label. My mother is a natural born cleaner and organizer, like myself. I have seen my own mother writing her recipes one by one in those store-bought cute, little recipe folders for years.
She probably has a kitchen cabinet full of these cute organizers with different patterns and designs on the cover and colorful pages. I am much more simple that that, or perhaps too lazy to put in all of that extra effort and time rewriting all of these recipes.
Here inside my binder there are no cute papers, no pretty designs- just simple and plain. As with most binders, I have a hard plastic cover page to keep everything neat and the pages flat. I separate my recipes by category, some general and some specific.
I use a three ring binder, so I purchased a three-hole-puncher to use with this binder. If I print a recipe from my computer that we want to use again, I just punch holes in it and add it to the appropriate category. The dividers I use are manila file folders which I have labeled by category.
My categories include breakfasts, breads, soups, chicken recipes, beef recipes, seafood, side dishes, salads, desserts, and so on. Some recipes fit more than one category, like the pumpkin bread I’m baking now. It can be served for breakfast, but I store it by title under the bread category. Just do what works best for you.
I mentioned those special handwritten recipes earlier. As to protecting these pages from getting damaged, I have a few clear page protectors I use for special and awkwardly shaped recipe cards. I slip these inside a page protector and place them in the binder by category.
Sometimes the index cards are small and punching holes through them would destroy the handwritten words I need to read. Putting them in these sleeve- style page protectors works better for me.
I can open the binder on my kitchen counter to the recipe I’m cooking now. I find that it produces such a large portion that we have to half it. Half of the typed recipe on this page yields 1 large loaf or 18 muffins. Because we prefer muffins, I half this recipe to accommodate my family of five.
You can also make handwritten notes on your pages. My notes state these handwritten measurements represent a half of the recipe. The half recipe yields about 18 muffins. Because my kids would be happy to eat this nearly every day of the week, I usually make a large batch and keep some of the uncooked mix in the refrigerator to bake another day.
This makes breakfast preparation easier because the work is already done for me. We struggle with timeliness, so I try just about anything I can do to make our mornings go smoother. All I have to do is preheat the oven and pour the mix in the muffin tin to bake.
Special Tip: We add chocolate chips to this recipe, and the kids love it. I mean, adding chocolate makes everything instantly better, right? Their friends even ask me to bake it when they sleepover. We also love it plain, so I usually bake 6 plain muffins and 6 with the chocolate chips added. Then, I refrigerate the remaining portion to bake later.
Special Shopping Tip: If you’ve ever shopped for canned pumpkin when it’s not around the Fall holidays, you may not be able to locate it in your grocery store. Sometimes even the store employees have been stumped when I ask them.
It is not usually kept in the canned fruits and vegetables department. Our grocery stores keep it in the baking aisle. You can find it near the graham cracker pie crusts, the canned apple pie mix, or cherry pie mix. One regular can yields one half of the recipe. Your store may be different, but I have found this consistent in several of my local grocery stores.
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I wish you the best in your organizing efforts, and I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post on how to organize your recipes. Subscribe to my site for more tips and tricks on cleaning and organizing everything in your home. Also, check out my daughter’s related blog post on this topic.
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Step 1: Check out this post on the 1st step you should take to get organized. If you don’t have a calendar, you can grab my free weekly printable calendar page here. It is in my shopify store, but it is totally free, so you won’t be prompted to put in any payment information. It is a free download and will be delivered straight to your email.
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