Simple Tips to Organize Your Recipes

You sit down to plan the menu for the week and get ready for another trip to the grocery store. There was that recipe you made a couple weeks ago that everyone loved, where is it? You dig through handwritten papers, torn out magazine pages, and tattered index cards. Stop and read a card you’re you remember now you were dying to try 6 months back. Somehow when it came to your home filing system you just never got to the kitchen. Now is the time to take action and get all those recipes organized!

Paper Recipes: As I’m sure you have found printed recipes come in many shapes and sizes. In order to begin your recipe home filing system collect all your recipes together in one place. You will then begin by sorting them into categories. For example: vegetables, appetizers, main course, and desserts. You can either choose your categories before hand, perhaps with the help of a cookbook, or choose them as you begin to sort. It’s possible your categories will become obvious while you sort as everyone’s recipe collections are a little different. Some categories may become very large, if this happens consider breaking them into subcategories. Main courses could be broken into Hot and Cold, or Vegetarian and Meat.

Alphabetize your recipes within each category once you have them sorted.

While you’re sorting have you been coming across recipes that no one liked, you never made, or are something you’ve found a better recipe for? Now is the time to purge your collection. Don’t put back recipes you aren’t going to use again now that you have everything spread out. Recipes you didn’t like can just go into the recycling. If it is a recipe you still want to try I would suggest one of two options. You could admit you aren’t really going to try it and recycle it, or you can create a “recipes to try” category in your home filing system. This category is great when you are looking for something different or exciting! Then when you finally try them for the first time you can either file them into one of categories you created or recycle them!

Storing Paper Recipes: If you have varying size pages a standard recipe box probably isn’t your best choice for storage, and now that you have your recipes sorted and alphabetized you’ll want just the right container. The good news is there are several economic choices for new containers to start your home filing system.

A simple notebook can be used. Staple or tape your recipes to the pages and then use the space around them to make notes about them as you try them. Make sure to leave blank pages in each category so you can add additional recipes. Tuck any size recipe behind a tab in an accordion file. A three ring binder or photo album are both excellent options. They both allow flexibility for sizes of recipes, and give you the ability to add in pages where you need them as your collection grows and changes. They will easily stay open while you cook, and can be easily cleaned off if you spill food on your recipe.

Electronic Recipes: Keeping our recipes on computers as oppose to on paper is becoming more and more common. When starting a home filing system for your electronic recipes you have two choices. Are you going to store them on your computer or online?

You can follow a similar layout to your paper recipes by creating categories with folders on your computer.

Storing your recipes in this way on your computer you have the benefit of making your recipes entirely portable. If you have your computer with you, you can access all of your recipes, no internet connection needed. They also sell software that will help you organize on your computer, the benefit of many of these is they can produce grocery lists or help with meal planning. Keep in mind if you are in transition from paper to electronic scanning is a good option to move your paper recipes without having to retype everything.

There are a number of different formats that you can use to store your recipes online. The benefit is many of these programs also can help generate meal ideas and grocery lists. Also you don’t need your computer in order to access your recipes, all you need is an internet connection.

Regardless whether you choose to go with paper recipes or electronic recipes don’t underrate the effect of organizing the portion of your home filing system. Think of the daily frustration that could be eliminated by organizing getting your recipes. Take the time to organize today!

Where Do 21st Century Vegans Get Their Recipes?

In the past, wives and mothers traded their ‘secret recipes,’ met together for recipe swaps and jotted down their recipes by hand onto a small piece of paper, which would soon be added to their recipe collection. In the 21st century however, the trend has changed into an ‘electronic recipe collection.’ And for those into healthy eating, vegetarian or veganism, this electronic recipe collection/swap likewise applies to them!

That’s right folks, the modern day computer, tablet, iPad, or smart phone also serves as massive storage device and means of ‘chatting’ with the community. Many folks enjoy typing out their favourite recipes these days, and store them on their computer or electronic device (rather than printing them). I personally tend to store my recipes on my laptop these days, and I take great delight in my ‘electronic recipe collection,’ which is continually expanding!

One can find an infinite variety of vegan food recipes online these days, ranging from vegan breakfasts, lunches, dinners, main meals, light meals, snacks, cakes, desserts, drinks, gourmet vegan meals and quick and easy vegan recipes. Yes, these can all be obtained online! How?

Websites
Vegans can find all of their recipes online nowadays, by several means. Firstly, there is an increasing number of vegan websites where everyday folks like you and I can create a recipe, possibly take a photo of it, and share it with the world. I have stumbled across hundreds of vegan websites boasting in some great looking recipes!

Blogs
Secondly, many vegans like to blog their recipes and share them with the community. Others can comment on the recipe, and they have the opportunity to give feedback if they have tried the recipe out themselves. It’s similar to the recipe swap that your grandmother partook in, only it’s now an electronic recipe swap taking place in an electronic community! But hey, us 21st century foodies have no problem with this method, right folks?!

Online Shopping
Thirdly, you can do some online shopping and purchase your books via stores such as e-bay or amazon. You can thus get your vegan recipes and food books delivered straight to your front door! Many people enjoy online shopping nowadays and prefer this method of purchasing their books. Be aware however that oftentimes, the freight can be rather hefty.

You-tube
Fourth, there are many vegan food recipes and meal ideas that can be watched on You-tube. This is another type of community where folks can post a recipe video and people in the community can comment on it. There are many excellent You-tube videos on vegan food, meals and recipes, so you should have no trouble in finding some recipes here.

Recipe E-Books
Fifth, many folks nowadays enjoy purchasing their recipe books completely electronically via e-books. This way, they can gain access to their vegan recipes instantly (after a few seconds of downloading time of course) and store their recipe book on their device forever. With electronic recipe e-books, there is not wear and tear, the price is cheaper than a physical copy, there is no freight cost, the owner will not have to worry about losing the book, and the device can be taken into the supermarket or grocery store and can facilitate ones shopping (I.e., the days of writing out a recipe list will be over!).

There are many excellent vegan recipe e-books available to download nowadays created by professional vegan chefs. The vegan recipes contained within are generally delicious and gourmet, but also can be surprisingly easy and quick to make. Vegan recipe e-books also generally boast in stunning food photos to accompany the recipes. The recipes are also tried and tested, so you can be confident that you will be getting some decent recipes!

Why Pay for Recipes When You Get Them Online for Free?

With so many recipe web sits online, why should you pay for recipes? The Internet really gives you a great resource of many different web sites. There is a great variety of web sites out there. Some sites are run by food companies such as Kraft foods, Barilla Pasta, and Land O’Lakes. Other sites are run by magazines like Martha Steward, Women’s Day, Family Circle, and many others. There are other websites that are simply collections of recipes.

Many companies such as Kraft foods build websites so you will use their ingredients in the food that you make. On Kraft’s website you can find so many recipes for things made with cheese: casseroles, appetizers, breads, pizzas, and so much more. Other sites such as Barilla Pasta feature recipes that are specialize in pasta. Land of Lakes features recipes that contain butter: cookies, sauces, breads, a variety of desserts, and so much more. If you buy a particular brand of food, chances are that there is a web site to compliment what you just bought.

Many magazines offer free recipes online. Bon Appetit, Gourmet Magazine offers tons of recipes from current magazines as well as the past. Other magazines such as Woman’s Day, and Family Circle offer so many free recipes. So if you can think of a magazine you enjoy, chances are there is a web site to match.

Another terrific type of recipe web site are simply ones that are collections of recipes. Allrecipes.com features many recipes from its viewers, people just like you. SOAR recipe archive has been around since around 1995 and is a non profit web site that features thousands of recipes from many different categories. Be sure to use your favorite search engine to find recipe collections based upon pies, cakes, Jewish, French, and just about any other sorts of recipes you can think of.

You can easily see that there are many different free recipes available online. There is really no need in purchasing recipes when there is a great variety that is available for you. There are literally thousands of recipes and cooking web sites that are waiting for you to explore them.

Web Sites Mentioned

Major food companies

http://www.kraft.com

[http://www.barillaus.com/index.aspx]

http://www.landolakes.com/

Magazines with recipes

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/ – Features recipes from Gourmet and Bon Apetit Magazines

http://www.womansday.com

http://www.familycircle.com

Other Recipe Websites

http://www.recipesource.com/

http://www.allrecipes.com