You normally think of paper clutter being in an office or from kids’ papers from school, but if you enjoy cooking and exploring new recipes, then paper clutter can be a big issue in the kitchen. Here are 4 tips to create a recipe binder that works!
Here are 4 tips to create a recipe binder that works!
Create the sections based on how you approach meal planning or cooking.
When you plan your meals, do you think about what you have on hand? Do you think about the season? Do you cook by ethnicity? If you go big for holiday cooking, then you will definitely want to include sections for specific holidays! It would be so fun to have a July 4th section or St. Patrick's Day section! Divide your recipes by what makes sense for you.
Use dividers with folders.
All “keeper” recipes go in the sections using clear sheet protectors. The recipes you want to try go in the folder in the front. That way, when you go to cook that type of food, if you are in the mood to try something new, it will be right there. It also ensures that everything in the binder sheets is a tried-and-true recipe.
Use plastic sheet protectors to help you organize the recipes.
Put one-page recipes back-to-back in the sheets to save sheet protectors, and put recipes that go together in a sheet protector together. Two-page recipes will go back-to-back, so that while you are cooking, you simply turn the sheet over, and you do not have to pull out the paper.
Make a copy of frequently used cookbook recipes and add those to your binder.
They will be front-and-center when you are meal planning, and you don’t have to wonder which book it came from if you are looking for it.
Curious what sections I use?
I have two binders. One binder is all entrees, and I’ve divided into the following categories. Soups/stews are its own category because I prepare those usually when I’m in the mood for them. The sections are meatless, seafood, chicken, pork, beef, and soups/stews.
The next binder is everything else! It includes appetizers, breakfast, breads, sides, salads, drinks, and desserts.
I’d love to hear how you organize your recipes! Comment below!