For my fourth installment in my Old Fashioned Kitchen series, I wanted to share with you how I organize my recipes. How do you organize your recipes? Is your system working for you? I realized a few months ago my “system” wasnt much of a one at all and I had things strewn about here and there, with no quick, easy, and efficient system for organizing my recipes.
Having recipes on hand quickly in an organized way is a very important part of being a homemaker, because meal-planning is such a corner stone of of a well-run home in my experience. Buying, storing, cooking, serving, eating, preserving, disposing of food takes up such a large portion of our time as homemakers, and so knowing what I am gong to make and when helps keep me sane and our home running more smoothly (not to mention saving me money when it comes to grocery shopping). Having my recipes on hand both for inspiration while meal planning as well as instruction while cooking is essential.
I resisted joining Pinterest FOREVER because I tend to drag my feet when it comes to new technology (hello.. I still dont have a cell phone and I dont tweet either! How old-fashioned is THAT?). But I have to tell you… now that I have an account it is incredibly helpful as a holding place for recipes I find while reading blogs or browsing online. Instead of emailing myself endless links and then having to go back and find what I had saved, now I just pull up my Pinterest recipe board and find what Im looking for in a minute.
I dont find cooking from an online recipe very practical, however, so eventually I like to move these saved recipes onto index cards. My recipe book is photo album with plastic sleeves that are perfect for holding my recipe cards. For me, this is the perfect resource to leaf through on meal-planning day to see what looks good (and matches my food stockpile) for the week ahead.
And I still read books! Remember those darling things? I rarely buy new cookbooks because I find there is such a wealth of recipes available both online and in books you can borrow at the library that there is not often a reason to buy an expensive cookbook.
This is the system that is working for me these days. It helps me find my recipes without much work, and allows me to meal plan well, which helps me to save time, money, and energy, and helps keep my family well-fed and my home in some semblance of order. And those are all good things!
How do you organize your recipes? I’d love to hear your tips! And if you’ve done a blog post on it, be sure to post the link in the comments for our other readers to enjoy!
Happy to be linking up today with Teach Me Tuesdays at Growing Home, Tiny Tip Tuesdays over at Nature's Nurture, Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays at New Nastolgia Frugal Fridays over at Life as Mom as well as Link Love with the Accidental Housewife.