Friday, December 4, 2009

Recipe Overload

My recipes collection is out of control and desperately needs to be organized. The books and the online recipe boxes are fine but the problem is with the binder that has become a permanent fixture in my kitchen.

The purpose of this binder is to organize recipes I print from various sites.  All Recipes and Food Network are probably the most common.  I also get Food Network Magazine, which is awesome!  I highly recommend it if you love to cook are not already a subscriber. 

Back to the binder:  It started out as a great idea.  I had little sections with labels like, Bread, Soups, Beef, Vegetarian, etc.  It was all very cute and organized - at first.  Now it just looks pitiful.  There is more paper crammed in there than the rings will actually hold.  I've considered getting a giant binder or spreading everything out in several.  This may seem trivial to some but, let me tell you , it's really becoming a problem!

I do have alot of recipes stored online so that's helpful.  Another good thing is I actually do know what's in here very well and can usually locate what I want fairly quickly.


  1. I bet there are lots of treasures in it! I have 2 binders but neither are stuffed that full! :)

  2. OMG! That looks almost exactly like my binder! The problem with mine is...I write on the recipes when I make changes...then just shove them in the pockets and never put them back where they go! It's a mess that I really should work on...someday!

  3. may want to consider an additional binder or three! Perhaps separate binders; one for breads, one for veggies, etc. I like to put recipe print-outs in those clear plastic sleeves found at any discount store or office supply (usually 50-100 per box). Two recipes (front & back) will fit in one sleeve, and you don't have to deal with torn paper holes. If you want to make notes just slip the recipe out of the sleeve. When cooking, remove recipe from binder (sleeve and all) and it stays neat and clean.
    Just a system that works well for me.

  4. This was originally submitted by Willoughby but I accidentally hit "reject" instead of "publish" and there does not appear to be any way to undo such a thing. So, I've copied and pasted her comment here. :)

    Posted by Willoughby at December 4, 2009 10:10 PM

    I have the same problem! I keep printed recipes, recipes torn from magazine pages and handwritten recipes in a binder. It's so full that it is splitting along the spine. I need to go through and get rid of the ones my family didn't like and the ones I'm not very likely to try. I'm on an organization kick lately, so I may clean it out over the weekend.



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