how do you organize your recipes??

Indonesia
May 7, 2007 11:53am CST
i have seen so many great looking recipes posted here and sometimes i think about them later and wish i would have copied or saved them rather than trying to search them down. Do any of you have a good system for saving and filing recipes on the computer?or do you print out the one's you like and keep them in a recipe box, a book or what?? would love to hear some ideas for how you organize your recipes. Thanks!!
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17 responses
@creematee (2810)
• United States
7 May 07
I print out my favorite ones that I find. I keep them in a sprial bound notebook, with those plastic "slickies." All the recipes are organized by their type... main dishes, cookie, pie, etc. If I found a recipe in a cookbook, and know I'll never remember which one, I copy it and put it in my recipe card box. This way, I only have two sources I need to search when looking for something specific! Good luck with your organizing.It's a chore, but well worth it when you are done. :)
• Indonesia
8 May 07
creematee,u are at least ahead of me,if you have them in a cardbox and organized.i just see so many that people post here and don't know whether to save or print them.like one of the recipes i saw in myLot, i read it to my mom and she wrote it down and called me to tell me how good it was,lol.thanks for your comment,it's a gud idea !!
@creematee (2810)
• United States
8 May 07
I must admit, that i do save a lot of recipes on the computer. I have a folder "recipes" in my documents, and just cut and paste into a single word document. Each recipe has it's own page, so it's easier to find one that I'm looking for, and print off. Crazy huh?
• Indonesia
8 May 07
no,it's not..it's smart !! at least for me :))
• Brazil
20 May 07
I have just given for my Mother a Notebook for her to organize their incomes and also to change incomes for the Internet with their friends.And I helped to her to organize like this : Menu : Ave Drunk Cakes and Pies Meats Sweet and Desserts Snacks Masses Pisces and Fruits of the Sea Main plate Salads, sauces and attendances Soups I organized like this for her,I made a special program for him to work with her incomes.She loved. Thank you
• Indonesia
20 May 07
it looks interesting!may i know what kind of special program that u've made for your mother?thanks a lot!
• Brazil
22 May 07
Hello my friend, I made the program of managing my mother's incomes in the software Dreamweaver.
• Indonesia
23 May 07
thanks alot for the info!
@ktmay1 (22)
• United States
9 May 07
i use Filemaker Pro and keep a database of recipes. . . at least i did until i became a parent and had less time to type them in. sometimes i still do, but when i can't i just print them out (in the most printer friendly format i can), put the sheets in plastic sleeves and into a binder that stays on the shelf with my cookbooks. the binder is sectioned off to make it more organized. "for kids," "breads of all kinds," "soups and main meals," etc. it's the best way i've found.
• Indonesia
9 May 07
yes,it looks the best way for me too :))thanks for your comment
@prestocaro (1254)
• United States
9 May 07
Recipes I like from the internet, I print out and put into a binder. The binder has "slicksheets" which are like paper holders so I can wipe them off after I'm done cooking. Other than this, I have no real system. I should really organize that binder... lol!
• Indonesia
9 May 07
some friends in myLot have suggested me about the slicksheet,will buy it in this weekend:))thanks!!
@irishmist (3820)
• United States
8 May 07
I find recipes everywhere. When I find a food one on the internet I print it out, or if it's on like say Betty Crocker.com etc. I will put them in my recipe file and go back another time and print them out. I have for years kept all my mine in photo ablums. I even have a section for BBQ, desserts etc. It works well for me.
• Indonesia
9 May 07
u must be have a lot of nice recipes inside the album! will try to buy some folders too this weekend.thanks for your comment!
@gegegelay (934)
• Philippines
8 May 07
Just keep it inside our drawer, hehe..Ü I don't like throwing them right away coz' I would like to also try some of 'em some time ;)
• Indonesia
9 May 07
that's what i do to save some fav. recipes but mostly i lost it:)) thanks for your comment!
@peaceful (3301)
• United States
8 May 07
You are the perfect candidate for a Think Free Virtual Office! http://www.thinkfree.com You can create, edit and even make your recipes into a media project with this system, and it's free1 :) I'm collecting all of my responses and creating a "Slush Pile" for my writing projects... The software is easy to use and you can also share your files with the Think Free community, if you wish! :)
• Indonesia
9 May 07
thanks for gave me the link,i've checked it y'day and my husband even love it more than me,lol.i will use it for sure!thanks again
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
8 May 07
i have put a book together of all the mylot recipees i have seen on here. I copy and paste them all in to a word processing document and save them. I think im up to 37 pages now and its forming a great resourse. All i will have to do when its done is index it all, that will be fun, lol. blessed be
• Indonesia
8 May 07
thanks for the great idea :))
@fazelath (1176)
• India
8 May 07
First i try the recipe if it comes out good,then i print and make a file
• Indonesia
9 May 07
it sounds easy:),thanks for your idea!
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
8 May 07
Please don't take any advice from me as I am terrible at organizing things. I have recipes scribbled on pieces of paper and shoved into the pages of a cookbook. Then there are the ones that I have found online. I have copied and pasted some into folders and put them on the desktop but there are a lot that I haven't copied yet. My printer does work right now either.
• Indonesia
8 May 07
hohoho..u sounds exactly like me,lol. that's why i came up with this topic :))thanks again for your comment!
@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
8 May 07
I am not all that organized so I print mine off , then put them in a three ring binder after I slip them into a plastic cover to protect them. simple but it works for me. I do manage to keep the cake , or cookies , or main meal recipes all together so they are easier to find
• Indonesia
8 May 07
thanks for the comment! it's simple but it works!
@krebstar5 (1267)
• United States
8 May 07
I have a binder that I keep my recipes in. First I print them out, and then I slip them into a plastic sleeve to keep them clean. Then I keep them in a 3 ring binder. I like it this way because then it is easy to just take a recipe out when I want to use them and the plastic sleeve keeps it from getting dirty. Right now I don't have many recipes in there, but once I get a lot of them, I am planning on adding labeled tabs that tell me what section is appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Then I will alphabatize them within each section. Right now this system seems to be working out pretty well for me.
• Indonesia
8 May 07
i like the plastic idea, coz i just realized that's why the recipes always get dirty,coz i'm too lazy to cover it w/plastic :)) will do that. thanks for your idea!!
• United States
7 May 07
I save mine on my computer and then print them out and put them in a binder near my stove with dividers sorted out to different sections. I am always collecting new recipes and found this to be the easiest.
• Indonesia
8 May 07
thanks for your idea,i'm thinking to put my recipes in a folder too :))
@aweins (4203)
• India
7 May 07
If you work from a cafe or somewhere out then you will need to print them done either on a CD or on a paper, which ever is preferable to you. i think you should buy a CD, and make it exclusive for recipies only. its easy to keep and carry. if you are working from home computer or laptop then you can make a folder by the name of recipe and save all the recipes you find interesting in that and then categorize it into sweet, veg r non-veg, i mean what ever you prefer. i do it in the same way. i have categorised each and every thing and then i copy it in their respective folder. it is easy to find then, you dont have to go through each n every recipe, you know which taste item u want n go to that folder and search. it is much more easy, (i feel). i hope u can organize it soon.
• Indonesia
8 May 07
i'm working from laptop.hmm..based on several suggestions in here,i'll consider to make a folder and categorized it.yes, it sounds easier for me too :) thanks !!
@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
7 May 07
I am always picking up recipes from the internet...mylot and other places...throw that in with recipie csharing with friends over the internet, and it can be hard to keep everything organized. I found what works best for me is to have a word document on my computer that I just copy and paste recipes into. It's not the most organized...recipes are in the order I get them rather than alphabetical, or by dish or course. But I like that I don't have a lot of extra paper around, and I have more than one recipe on a page so this keeps things condences too. I figure so long as I have everything electronically, it's not to hard to organize them when I am ready to.
• Indonesia
8 May 07
thanks for your suggestion :)) it just my pc is far away from kitchen and i'm terrible with remembering things inside the recipe..i do save some recipes in my pc and if i want to try it then i'll print.not the smartest thing to do i admit :))
@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
7 May 07
My husband created a file for me to put all the recipes from myLot that I want to save it works great I love it. I have tried out alot of the recipes. It is fun experimenting.
• Indonesia
8 May 07
ur cook must be delicious that's why he made you that file :)) thanks for comment !!
@magica (3710)
• Bulgaria
7 May 07
I printed some of them. Think that if somebody does it regularly, she/he can have quite interesting collection of recipes from all over the world.
• Indonesia
7 May 07
i did print it but the problem i sometimes couldn't remember where i put it :)) thanks for your comment !