Organizing your recipes can save you a lot of time in the long run. Finding recipes and buying ingredients can be one of the most time-consuming parts of cooking. Organized recipes can make meal planning quick and easy. Gather all the recipes you have lying around your house and find the ones that you would prepare. If you have old worn out recipes transfer these to a recipes card and toss recipes that you know you will never make. There are multiple ways you can store your recipes; a recipe box, three ring binder with plastic slipcovers, photo albums with sticky pages, a blank recipe book you can write in, or electronically. Pick the best one that works for your system, no two people are alike when it comes to your organization.
Once you select your storage method, put your recipes in categories such as: appetizers, soups, vegetables, salads, main dishes, and bread/desserts. Once they are organized, make a list of the most used items in your recipes. This way the next time you head to the store you can take this list and make sure to note the aisle numbers for each item. Now you can easily access these items whenever you are at the store.
Here are some tips for organizing your recipes:
- Have a collection of simple, quick recipes. Eighty percent of the ingredients in these recipes should be basic staples that you have on hand.
- Plan ahead. Before you go grocery shopping, decide what meals you want to make for the week. Use those recipes to help make your grocery list.
- Prepare lunches to go the night before. If you are making lunch for more than one person, consider using colored plastic wrap to keep them separate.
- Create a favorites folder on your computer for quick internet links to good, fast recipes.
- Looking for a gift for a bride-to-be? Give her copies of your favorite family recipes.
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