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!