Post by dragonchilde on Jul 9, 2008 14:10:23 GMT -5
I've started saving all my recipes in google documents. That way, they're accessible from anywhere! takes up no extra space. I still have a huge stack of books and recipe cards in a plastic box, but the clutter has been somewhat reduced. And since I have wireless internet, I can just plop my laptop on the counter for easy reference! (Well away from the cooking space, since I'm a klutz and don't want to risk my precious digital baby!)
Wow! A lot of really good ideas floating around here!! All of the ideas are excellent but I think using an expandable file like Moggyfan suggested is probably the most "do-able" for me. Quick and easy to get them in general order. I like quick and easy Thanks to everyone for their ideas!!!
Red meat is not bad for you Fuzzy green meat is bad for you.
I've resolved to only keep what really works: Once I try a recipe which I like, I immediately (or almost immediately, before forgetting) write it down on a little normal exercise book. I write down only recipes I personally cooked, or which I didn't actually cook myself, but which I tasted (for instance, my mother's traditional dishes and so on). This way I'm pretty sure I only own the recipes I like and which I'm sure will work. Everytime I cook one of them, I simply add some tips, adjusting whatever needs to be addressed (cooking time, quantity of ingredients, something which can be left out, etc).
At the moment I only have 2 handwritten exercise books (I began the first one almost 20 years ago). This way I can get rid of everything else without much effort or pain.
FWIW, I type recipes into documents on the computer. When I want to make something, I print the recipe, make the dish, and throw the printed page away afterward. I like this system because all my recipes are in one place, and if I spill stuff all over the page it doesn't matter. The downside is you do need to be good about backups, because if your computer goes haywire you can lose them (it's happened a time or two..)
This is my mess. Another "hot spot" so to speak. I throw all my recipes in this drawer in the kitchen. And it's such a mess that finding a recipe is difficult but what happens most of all is I forget I even have a certain one because I can't find it in all this. There are recipe cards, recipes torn out of newspapers and magazines, books, handwritten ones, some printed off the internet, labels off of cans or jars, etc...
The only good thing about this is that everything is in one spot. What's even worse is I'm at a loss how to organize all this so I can actually use them. So tell me, what do you do with your recipes!! I need ideas!!
I'm all about digital.
If you have the time just type them into the computer or, if you've got one handy, scan the recipes (if you want to keep pictures and stuff like that.) In the future if you find recipes you like you can just type them in or scan them instead of stashing them away in some disorganized pile.
Also, you can start subscribing to www.gsnrecipes.com. They mail me a recipe everyday and I just save them into my digital recipe box. You can also look stuff up online there and at other sites like www.epicurious.com