As you'll see my recipe binder looks a bit disorganized as sheets of paper are different sizes, some are typed out, some printed out ... but I love it! For some reason it gives the book an authentic vibe sorta as though I have scored all resources for the recipes.
I started off with a 1 1/2 inch ring binder. I purchased the type that had a see-through cover, so that I could include a fun title page & spine. I downloaded this Recipe Binder template via the Internet. I love it!
Next I purchased page protectors to protect each page & recipe. I find this so useful as usually I don't like to have my entire binder on my counter top while I'm cooking as it takes up a lot of room. This gives me the freedom of removing pages and not worrying about spoiling the recipes with spilt milk & loose flour.
I also purchased tabbed dividers for my recipe binder. I browsed a couple cookbooks at first to find out how cookbooks are easily divided, and I also thought about my recipe database & things I enjoy cooking. Taking both into account, I had settled on the below categories.
|I used alphabet stamps for the first letter on each tab and hand wrote the rest of the word.|
Here are some pictures of how I've laid out my recipes within my recipe binder.
|Recipes ripped from newspapers & magazines|
|Handwritten while cooking with my mom.|
|I have even taken photos of recipes in magazines at Chapters|
|I love to add comments of my own|
|Printed off websites|
|Family favourites handwritten for me! This one is from my dad of my favourite sandwich - the Monte Cristo!|
|Sometimes I highlight ingredients I might not buy on a consistent basis. That way I will be reminded of key ingredients while creating my grocery list.|
|I love recipes from a magazine, the colors really help you re-create the dish|
|Post-it notes for quick & easy recipes|
Do you have any ways of how you like to organize your recipes?