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Recipes - The art of Thornwolf — LiveJournal
Hey all.

Quick question. How do you organize your recipes? I have a ton of recipes, some are written down, some are on my FoodNetwork.com recipe box, and some are in my head, but currently I don't have a tried and true way to keep them all in one spot that works for me. If I need a recipe I tend to either have to look it up in the original location online, or log into my FoodNetwork site, but given that my recipe list keeps growing and growing I want to keep them all in one spot.

I have a few recipes I want to share with friends but I realized that everything's kinda scattered to the wind, so I wanted to get myself organized first before blasting folks with mountains of text.

So, LiveJournal, how do you organize your recipes for easy access?
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westly_roanoke From: westly_roanoke Date: January 4th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pen and paper.

Mostly 3X5 cards, using a photoalbum to keep it together.
pen_umbra From: pen_umbra Date: January 4th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a little wooden recipe box. Once I get a printer it will swell to unmanageable levels, but for now it's only got in what I remember to write down (or cut out of something).

I tend to organize stuff by keyword, but the keywords are all mental. So "Stuart's Mom's Banana Bread" is in the B section. Etc.
dustmeat From: dustmeat Date: January 4th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Recipe box with 3X5 cards.
foxfeather From: foxfeather Date: January 4th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a 3 ring binder with those clear sheet protectors inside - I use that. I organize recipes by category (appetizers, breakfast, entrees, indian, soups, etc.). I love the binder because it keeps my recipes protected when I've got the book open while cooking (can just wipe splatter off) and just add new pages when I need them. Holds cards, handwritten things, and printed stuff all the same. :)
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: January 5th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Judging by yours and some other similar comments it seems that's the way to go. I used to take my laptop into the kitchen with me and read directly from it but with this new machine there's no way in hell I'm doing that, so I'd have to write everything down every time and that's a pain in the butt. I need something I can have in the kitchen with me, so either recipe cards that have been laminated and put in a box, or a 3 ring binder with splatter proof sleeves.
weaselpard From: weaselpard Date: January 4th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wouldnt say my recipes are organised, more so clumped in an easily definable disaster.

I have a note book, one of those big coil ring ones you can get for a buck at the dollar store (usually with horrid florescent colored penguins, panda's and birds on them) And I have some recipes written down, and others printed off and hastily taped into the book.

There's no sections really, just a lot of recipes. I usually find my favorites by how stained the page is.

That's about as easy access as I get. But printing the recipes off is a lot easier then searching through a sight again.

Hope that helps some : /
brown_wolf From: brown_wolf Date: January 4th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use a Rolodex.
corvidophile From: corvidophile Date: January 4th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
i keep them on my food blog or in a couple recipe collection binders. i have a little netbook so when i want to use a recipe i can just pull up the blog in the kitchen.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: January 4th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now THAT is handy. My stepsister just got one of those for Christmas. I used to take my laptop into the kitchen but now that I have the new work machine I'm to paranoid to keep it anywhere where it might get splattered XD Mah baybee!
techno4tomcats From: techno4tomcats Date: January 4th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use that soupy grey thing in my head. I reaaaaally need to get a food blog.
rah_bop From: rah_bop Date: January 4th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
We print out the recipes and then put then in plastic sleeves in a 3-ring binder. They're organized primarily by main ingredient (vegetables, pasta, beef, etc).
unmutual From: unmutual Date: January 4th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a bunch of printed-out and hand-written recipes all folded together on the bookshelf with cookbooks. It's a mess and I would like to sort it out better. Ideally, I'd type them all up neatly, print them out on color-coded paper, and put them in a three-ring binder.

Blue for meat dishes, yellow for dairy, green for vegetarian/vegan, pink for desserts, tan for breads, something something for side dishes...
marurun From: marurun Date: January 5th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
My mom uses three ring binders with page protectors and we print out recipes to stick in it. The only issue is that there are three whole binders now filled and they take up a lot of space...
tesseracting From: tesseracting Date: January 5th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't use books much, most everything comes from online. First source: blogs. 2nd source: seriouseats 3rd source: epicurous/allrecipes.

When, in the course of browsing, I see something I like, I bookmark it with delicious, putting in course/meal, key ingredients, and any other keyword I might like to search by.

For meal planning, I pick stuff out from delicious and put it on google calendar. Event name = recipe name, event location = recipe's address, event details = the body of the recipe.

gCalendar allows me to drag around meals, duplicate them, which I love. Also, it's pretty easy to make a grocery list by looking at the next few meals and making note of things I don't keep on hand.

When it's time to cook, I read the recipe over a few times, and copy the most important bits into a yellow notepad that I use for lists and recipes. This is what goes into the kitchen with me, though I sometimes have to check details on my computer again.

After I cook I add notes to the gCal event (how good it was, what I changed, what I'd like to do next time if I do it again), and also add a "recipowned" tag to the delicious bookmark.

This works for me because I don't cook out of books (although I think I can easily adapt it if I do, by adding the book/page number to the gCal event and putting in the ingredient list) and the things I cook multiple times I don't really need notes for. Even though I only have a dozen or so "planned" on the calendar, I have a few hundred recipes in my delicious bookmarks and dozens more to sift through on my feed reader.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: January 5th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Recipowned, I like it :D

That's interesting, I've never seen that app used that way, very cool, thanks for the tip!

And yeah I tend to not use recipe books, I get almost everything from online, lately Food Porn on LJ has been the source of most of my recipes, so either printing them out and putting it in a binder or doing your method might be best.
doodlesthegreat From: doodlesthegreat Date: January 5th, 2010 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, I don't keep mine down on anything. I just wing it.
selunca From: selunca Date: January 5th, 2010 07:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I have a small three ring binder, maybe 8"x5", and it seperates my receipes in to different catagories (Main dish, side dish, desert, etc.) and each ones covered in a plastic sheet. Makes it easy to print out Online receipes (Your email for that german salad? Totally printed out and slapped in there)

but then, I cook the same 30 recepies over and over agian ;)
datalore From: datalore Date: January 5th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use MacGourmet Deluxe (http://www.marinersoftware.com/sitepage.php?page=130) and also keep printouts sorted alphabetically in a binder, in plastic inserts, for use for actual cooking. :)

synnabar From: synnabar Date: January 5th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Another "three-ring binder" person here!
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