Have you ever gone to make dinner only to realize that you couldn’t find the recipe anywhere? I don’t know about you, but this happens to me all of the time. I’m not that disorganized, either. I simply have recipes stored in a few different places, and so every time I go to find one I need, I never remember where I put it!
Thankfully, the solution to this problem is easy: Find a recipe organization technique that works for you and stick with it! Here are a few you might want to try.
1. Allrecipes.com or Similar Site
Allrecipes is full of all sorts of different recipes. Save them in your recipe box, create a shopping list, modify recipes by serving size, add a rating, make notes for yourself for next time… there’s a lot you can do. Plus, since it’s all online, you can have your recipes with you wherever you go, including at the grocery store, at home or at a friend’s house.
Pros: Unlimited storage potential, easy to edit recipes, very portable
Cons: Can’t add recipes from anywhere, won’t work if your power/internet go out, you risk spilling things on your phone/laptop while cooking
Pinterest is a fantastic place to find a wealth of recipes no matter what type of food you prefer. Organizing your recipes is easy since you can create different boards (ex: crock pot recipes, dinner recipes, chocolate recipes…) and like allrecipes.com, you can take them with you wherever you go.
Pros: Unlimited storage potential, can store recipes from anywhere online, very portable
Cons: Recipe generally lack reviews, won’t work if your power/internet go out, you risk spilling things on your phone/laptop while cooking
3. Paper Binder
A great option for those old-fashioned types, a paper binder is still an effective method of recipe organization. Simply print out every recipe you find online and scan a copy of good recipes you find in books. Assemble all of your recipes together in a binder in page protectors to keep them from getting ruined and organize them alphabetically or by type of dish.
Pros: Don’t need internet access, can add recipes from anywhere, great for storing family heirloom recipes
Cons: Takes time and money to assemble, limited storage space, can get dirty and gross
Ultimately, however, the best recipe storage solution is the one that works the best for you!
Teacher turned work-at-home mom, Brittany loves using her words to help people improve their faith, marriage and parenting. And with one awesome husband and two very rambunctious little boys, she’s always got a lot to say! In addition to writing for Love and Marriage, she also owns her own site, Equipping Godly Women, where she regularly shares helpful tips, tricks and encouragement to help women be the amazing women God created them to be.