If Chef Alison Cooper ever contemplates what she would save from her home in a fire, the answer is simple.
“Assuming people and pets are safe, one thing would be my recipe binder,” says Cooper, 52, author of food blog The Sticky Kitchen.
The binder is a compilation of the greatest hits from her culinary repertoire that have been endorsed not only by Cooper but also by her husband and their three children. Inside, she says, are printed recipes (and some cut out from magazines) with notes in the margins — all slipped into protective plastic sheets. “I imagine someday my kids will want copies of the binder for their own homes,” Cooper says.
Chances are you also have some favorite recipes lying around – perhaps crumpled up in a kitchen drawer, stuffed in a cookbook, or somewhere on the internet waiting for you to search for them whenever you need them. want.
Without an organized system, searching for that family recipe passed down from generation to generation or the online recipe for the perfect chili from a few months ago can be a waste of time. Here are some ways to better organize those cooking instructions.
1. Make a recipe binder or family cookbook
When it comes to keeping physical copies of your favorite recipes organized, it’s hard to beat the ease of creating a recipe binder.
Two-inch binders hold around 350 sheets of paper, while 4-inch binders can hold up to 800, so choose your size accordingly. Then start collecting.
“I usually use a three-ring punch and add the paper sheet directly into the binders,” says Kelsey Riley, founder of plant-based food blog Planted in the Kitchen. recipes or recipe cards, she suggests buying clear plastic protective sheets and slipping recipes into them before adding them to the binder.
It’s a good idea to use protective plastic sheets on all your recipe binders so they can be easily wiped down if Nonna’s spaghetti sauce splatters or that bottle of vanilla spills.
Tabs, with a table of contents to remind you what each section contains, are useful for organizing recipes in different sections of the binder. And you can consider organizing your recipes by dishes (starter, soups, main courses, desserts, holiday dishes, for example) or by seasons, suggests Ashley Schuering, home cooking enthusiast, who writes the blog Confessions of a Grocery Store. Addict.