Recently I figured out how to organize my boards on Pinterest and I might have enjoyed it a little too much. You can have a board for everything! Breads, breakfast, sides, appetizers, desserts, party food, crock pot, and so much more. Everything gets put in a very specific category—to be made at a later date.
That’s WONDERFUL for future recipes. I can’t get enough of pinning and organizing and categorizing and labeling. Any other organization-aholics out there? Pinterest is our online dream come true, right?
But what about our own recipes, written on recipe cards or bunny-eared in cookbooks or stored in emails? What about the recipes YOU make on a consistent basis? They might even come from Pinterest but now you’ve made them your own and they are in your rotation.
These are the recipes I’m talking about here. They’re what I like to call your “repertoire of meals”.
In order to avoid having to search all over the place (cookbooks, magazines, Pinterest, email, blogs, random stacks of paper, bulletin boards, etc.) for the recipe you’ve made before and are ready to make again, my advice is to have a central location for ALL recipes to go once they get the seal of approval from you (you know you’ll want to make them again).
I like to use a photo album to keep my recipes organized. I’ve tried using the fancy divided/categorized recipe books but it didn’t give me enough freedom, plus I didn’t like how completely overpriced the recipe refill cards were.
Photo albums have some nice benefits:
- Most will hold at least 200 recipes. That is a lot of recipes! I’m all about adding to my repertoire, but I have a LONG way to go before I fill that book up.
- They fit up to card size 4×6. Cute recipe cards from others come in all sizes, but I’m pretty sure they’re usually 4×6 or smaller. So if you have a recipe from someone else that you want in your repertoire, no need to re-write it. Just stick in a slot.
- Notecards are very inexpensive. You don’t need fancy recipe cards—note cards work very well. They fit great and are cheap!
- You don’t have to mess with categorizing or alphabetizing. Of course you can if you would like to. Normally I would opt for some type of organization, but I’ve actually found it much easier to store them in my recipe photo album wherever there is a spot. It doesn’t take long to flip through and find the one I’m looking for, and I don’t have to constantly be taking them all out and shifting every time I add a new one to the mix.
It’s not fancy or high-tech, but it sure is efficient and cost-effective. If you’re looking for a way to keep recipe cards organized, hopefully this will be an easy solution.
*You can read more about choosing a system for storing your recipe cards in a series called Meal Planning: A Step by Step Guide. If you’re looking for a detailed meal planning how-to, please check it out!
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