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How To Organize A Recipe Collection




I have a huge collection of recipes but I was so disorganized that I found myself rotating between the same 5 or 6 dinner recipes every week. Even the kids were tired of the same old spaghetti and they love spaghetti. It seemed like such a waste to have all these delicious recipes gathering dust or lost in cyber space instead of trying them out. When I set out to organize our whole life this summer I made a plan to organize my recipes too. 






I gathered all my favorite recipes that were written on slips of paper or marked in a cookbook or torn out of a magazine. I sorted them into piles: main dishes, sides, appetizers, desserts and beverages. I used the website Key Ingredient as my virtual cookbook. You can create categories and collections of your own recipes. I searched through a lot of websites before deciding on this one and what finally made me choose it was the app. I can look up any recipe I need on my laptop, my tablet, and my phone app. So if I need to double check a recipe’s ingredients while I’m at the grocery store it only takes me a second to look it up on the app I have on my phone.  


It took me a few weeks to get all my recipes typed in and saved on the website but it was worth the effort. I was able to get rid of all those big cookbooks and random recipes torn out of magazines and written on napkins. Once I got started I added a few more categories: Thanksgiving, Holiday, and Breakfast. 


So that took care of my big collection of recipes that we had tried and liked over the years but what about the enormous pile of recipes I hadn’t tried out yet? I didn’t want to add them to my Key Ingredient cookbook until I knew they were something I would make again. Remember my Magazine Reference Binder I showed you? I have a section in there just for recipes. Whenever I see a recipe in a magazine that I want to try I tear it out and add it to a page protector in the binder. Once I try it I either toss it out if it was something I won’t make again or I go ahead and enter the recipe into my cookbook on Key Ingredient and toss out the paper copy. 


I also created a new board on Pinterest for recipes I want to try. Any recipes I see online I save to my recipes to try board. Once I try a recipes we like I add it to my Key Ingredient cookbook and move it to my dinner recipe board on Pinterest. Having a separate board for all those delicious looking dinner recipes that I know I want to try has made it so much easier to plan my menus! Tomorrow I will be sharing exactly how I plan my monthly meal plans. 


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  • Emily Janz

    I love this!! Just added the app to my phone and will be adding it to both of our tablets when I get home. We have been struggling to figure out how to organize our recipes. We often find good recipes online and then forget where we found them or where we save the link and can never remake them. This will be perfect for that! And I would love to get rid of some of our cookbooks we have way too many!!