How to Organize Your Favorite Recipes

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There is nothing worse than finding a really good recipe and then you have nowhere to put it. I’ve been trying to store recipes for years. There comes a time when you need to put a day or two aside and just spend time organizing your favorite recipes.

Since I’ve been collecting recipes forever, I am going to walk you through some of my favorite organizational steps. Here is how to organize your favorite recipes.

I have four daughters and several granddaughters and I asked them if they wanted a collection of my recipes to add to their recipes. So, I bought 12 binders (3-inch ring binders) and these awesome Recipe Dividers.

Then I bought several boxes of page protectors and we all worked together to share our recipes. I have granddaughters that will want the recipe binders as well. We will continue to share recipes with each other.  

How to Organize Your Favorite Recipes 

The first step in organizing your favorite recipes is to go through your entire collection. Get rid of what you no longer want. Remember we’re only organizing the recipes you want to keep.

Organizing your favorite recipes will be a lot easier when you get rid of the junk. Learning how to organize your favorite recipes now will also save you a ton of time later.

1. Print, Use Page Protectors, and Add to Binders

How to Organize Your Favorite Recipes

I’m actually in the process of doing this for my kids and grandkids. I firmly believe that my recipes are a legacy that I get to leave behind for my family. Taking the time to print, using page protectors, and add to binders is the way in which I’m choosing to organize my favorite recipes.

I’m also printing all of the recipes from my blog and adding them to the binders. All of my favorite recipes are on my blog, so it only makes sense that I add them to the list. 

I can bet you guessed what color I want, yep, it’s the purple one. I bought some of the binders at Staples in St. George, Utah. But I also ordered some online 2-Inch Better Binders and found there are many colors to choose from.

Recipe Page Protectors

I bought these Page Protectors and these LONG Recipe Dividers ( I LOVE these-you can see the tabs) and I started printing recipes and copying all the recipes we want to save for future family members. I tried to get the page protectors at Costco, but they didn’t have any here in Southern Utah.

2. Write the Recipes on Recipe Cards

It’s important to realize that recipe cards are not dead. In fact, they are still a really awesome way of organizing recipes. Every time you find a recipe that you truly love, don’t be shy about writing it on a recipe card and adding it to your collection.

Recipe cards are popular because they don’t take up a lot of room and they’re super easy to organize. The key is making sure you organize as you go, so you don’t have a huge pile of recipe cards that you don’t know what to do with. 

3. Recipe Binders to the Rescue

This is my husband, mark, helping sort and fill the plastic page protectors. This has been a HUGE job, but it is so worth it. I wish I had done this with my mom and my siblings.

Sorting Recipes

If you do a lot of recipe collecting and need to get super serious about recipe organization, then binders are the way to go. The type of binder organization I am talking about is organizing one type of recipe in the right section of each binder.

For example, you might put bread recipes into one binder. You might put meat recipes in another binder. This will REALLY help you to stay organized and on top of it all. It really all depends on how many recipes you want to organize.

4. Recipe Flip Stand

One of my favorite inventions for organizing your favorite recipes is known as a recipe flip stand. This works for your most favorite recipes, but not everything. You can easily add the recipes and keep the stand on your counter.

The stand allows you to easily flip to whichever recipe you want to see. Plus, there are 10 tabbed dividers and 24 sheet protectors. 

5. Recipe Book

While this may take some time to transfer all of your recipes over, it’ll be worth it in the end. A leather recipe book is perfect for adding all of your favorite recipes for future use.

Plus, it’s in a safe spot because the recipe book is so sturdy. If you’re just starting to collect recipes, this may be an excellent route to go. 

6. Recipe Card Protectors

Sometimes you get the opportunity to get organized and make it easier on yourself. If you already have your favorite recipe cards and just need a way to protect them, grab these recipe card protectors. You can organize your recipes and keep them as protected as you possibly can. 

7. Don’t Forget the Recipe Box

Something that is still very prevalent today is something known as a recipe box. This is where you store all of those recipe cards passed on down from generation to generation.

Recipe boxes can easily be stored in your cabinet or on a shelf. Something like this shouldn’t be forgotten because it truly is such an easy way to organize your favorite recipes. 

I hope these 7 tips help you learn how to organize your favorite recipes. You’ll enjoy being able to tackle this project sooner rather than later. What’s your favorite way to organize your recipes?

What are the Best Ways to Organize Recipes?

I think that’s a matter of opinion. It’s nice to know that you can try different organizational methods. Go through each one of these ideas and see what works best for you. You’ll enjoy being able to find an organizational approach that works best for you! 

How Do You Organize a Loose Recipe?

Well, if you have a loose recipe, there are several ways that you can organize it. Create a recipe binder, recipe scrapbook, recipe box, or recipe holders. Pick which way you enjoy organizing and go for it. 

Final Word

I don’t know about you, but I have a ton of recipes that I love. Don’t wait until it’s too late to start organizing those recipes. As I mentioned before, it’s an awesome legacy to leave your recipes to your loved ones.

Use these tips to learn how to organize your favorite recipes. Whether you’re doing it for yourself or for your family, it’s a great project to get started on. May God Bless this world, Linda. 

17 thoughts on “How to Organize Your Favorite Recipes

  • June 2, 2020 at 9:28 am
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    I had three very very full binders of my recipes. A couple of years ago I downloaded an app on my phone called AnyList, primarily to use it for creating lists such as a grocery list, Costco list – things like that. It’s a free app, but for $8 or $9 a year It unlocks the recipe portion of the app. I started loading my recipes in there, and then got serious about it a few months ago. Now all of my recipes are at my fingertips. I bought gift subscriptions for my daughters and granddaughters – now we all share the same recipes, and we can all add to it! I’ve got a printed copy of all of them in my file cabinet ‘just in case’ !

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    • June 2, 2020 at 1:40 pm
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      Hi Kathie, oh my gosh, I use AnyList on my phone for Costco, Home Depot, or any store. I LOVE IT! But, I did not know you could download recipes and share them, this is a game-changer!! I can’t wait to check that out!! Thank you! Linda

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      • June 2, 2020 at 7:04 pm
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        Yes, it was a game changer for me!!

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  • June 2, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    I have several binders with recipes in them but I must admit, I love the fancy ones like what Susan Branch does. I’ve been using page protectors for half of forever for just about anything, including quilting patterns, etc. I especially like how I can print your recipes in a clean, neat format without a bunch of ads and junk. All that being said, I do still have alot of recipe cards. In going through my recipes recently, I rediscovered my late mother’s box, dirty and grimy, but oh! to see her handwriting again after all these years! It’s a treasure I’ll never give up. No one really wants my recipes but I’m still keeping them all.

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    • June 2, 2020 at 1:46 pm
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      HI Robbie, oh my gosh, I had never heard of Susan Branch binders. I love her different binders!!! Great tip! I’m glad you can download my recipes. I’m sorry about the ads but I think I have told you before I need them because my expenses each month are $3000.00 each month to run my blog. It’s crazy, nothing is free. I do not take any money from my blog, it’s what it costs to keep it running smoothly. I have my mother’s recipe box with handwritten and typed recipes, they are a treasure. You will be surprised how many family members will want your recipes after you leave this earth. AND they will be in your recipe binders, yay! Linda

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  • June 2, 2020 at 2:24 pm
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    No, Linda, I wasn’t complaining about your ads!!! I fully understand that nothing is free, that it costs to keep your blog up! I was saying that I love how your recipes print off so neat and clean! I don’t have to worry about cropping or deleting color pictures, etc. that waste my ink. I don’t even “see” the ads on the blog – they’re “just there” as they are with everything. I’m too cheap to buy ad-free sites, too. So please don’t worry about it!!!!

    I found Susan Branch in Costco one year when I bought her recipe binder. I searched her out and found other stuff that she’s got – it’s expensive – but it sure is fun to look at. I think I have three of her binders and that’s all that’s been made so far. Another really neat site is MaryLakeThompson.com. She’s got awesome fabric, aprons, etc. Check her out.

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    • June 2, 2020 at 2:37 pm
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      OH my sweet friend Robbie, I knew you were not complaining. It’s so funny when I read my blog I never “see” the ads, I know they are there but I just keep scrolling. LOL! I’m so glad my recipes do not print the ads!!! Oh my gosh, I LOVE that MaryLakeThompson website! I need to get out of my shell and look around more!! I will have to watch for a Costco roadshow for one of the cookbook binders. I love learning about new stuff, thanks for sharing!!!! Linda

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  • June 2, 2020 at 5:44 pm
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    I need to do this soon! I keep collecting but not organizing. Of course, a number of the recipes I have collected are not as good as they sounded!! I always make notes on recipes as I use them and that is very helpful later on – for example, needs more salt, needs more sauce, leave out the ***.

    I just made a recipe today where the person who gave me the recipe said the original was WAY too sweet and that she had cut back on the sugar. I used her method and find that they aren’t quite as sweet as I would like so I made a note – original recipe called for 2 cups of sugar, she cut back to 1 cup so I will leave the note that it needs between 1 and 2 cups of sugar (most likely 1 1/2 cups). Then when I make it again, I will have my notes on the recipe.

    I just ordered the tabs from Amazon. I have document protectors and binders so I will work with those rather than spend money on other binders.

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    • June 2, 2020 at 5:49 pm
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      HI Leanne, all I really needed was the tabs for myself. BUT then I decided to make it a “project” for my 4 daughters and 8 granddaughters. LOL! I really wish I had my mom’s recipes that I loved. I have several but not all. Have fun putting yours together. It’s so fun to get our recipes organized!! Linda

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      • June 2, 2020 at 7:53 pm
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        I have a lot of my mother’s recipes. I probably mentioned in some other post that one of my nieces created a family cookbook and we all shared recipes that we loved but we also included many of mom’s. It is a treasure for sure.

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  • June 4, 2020 at 8:59 am
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    Linda, I found a great website also, Its called Copy Me That. It is free for storing all the recipes that come up on the computer that you want to keep. If you pay a small fee you can get them all indexed and several other features.
    Even if you do the free one it is super handy you can print them anytime and save on paper. You can search for anything you have stored by ingredient. And you can share with others but I’m not too good with computers.

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    • June 4, 2020 at 9:51 am
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      Hi Annie, oh my gosh, I love hearing about this Copy Me That! Checking on it now! Thank you so much! Linda

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  • June 4, 2020 at 2:44 pm
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    Thank you. I collect recipes, this way I can read them again later and decide if I want to print them. Hope you enjoy.

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  • June 9, 2020 at 6:36 pm
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    Linda, Just got my recipe dividers!! Now to find time to put them in my binders….BTW, I finally got two 55-gal. water barrels and Amazon delivered two bottles of water preserver concentrate. Now if it would stop raining here in the PNW I can fill them! Also planted 8 tomatoe plants. We will see how these do. LOVE your website and all you do. Glad I had almost all my preps in line when this “plague” hit.

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    • June 9, 2020 at 7:34 pm
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      Hi Joanne, oh my gosh, I love it! They are the cutest dividers! I love hearing you got two-55-gallon barrels with the preserver. Did you get a pump and bung as well? Tomato plants are the best! I have a lot of green ones but haven’t picked a red one yet! I’m glad to hear you were all prepped (which I knew already about you) before this darn plague hit! Stay well, stay safe, Linda

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