Too many cookbooks, and not enough space? Let me help you solve the problem!
Never lose another recipe by creating a cookbook with all the recipes you love from every cookbook and recipe you own. Usually, I buy a cookbook and only have about 10 recipes from each cookbook that I really love. One day my husband was teasing me about how many cookbooks I have and how much space they were taking up. Then, I decided I didn’t need the entire cookbook, just the few recipes I liked from each one. After the initial setup, this will save you time in the kitchen that you could spend doing other things!
I found a solution:
1. Start with 2 3 ring binders (I used 2″) and a box of clear page protectors.
2. Label one “Most Loved Recipes” and the other “Would Love to Try These Recipes” (or whatever you choose, you get the idea). Here are free printable of the ones I designed:
3. Any recipe from the internet, a cookbook or a family recipe handed down…photocopy or print it! Place in a page protector and put it in your "MOST LOVED RECIPES" binder. This part is extremely important. It will cut down on loose papers with recipes written on them as well as the stacks cookbooks (if you are like me).
4. Next, go through those same problem piles of recipes and only keep or photocopy the ones you really want to try and then place them in the "Would Love to Try" binder. Then those cookbooks can be donated or passed on to other family members and free up valuable space.
This idea would also make a wonderful wedding gift, grab a binder and photocopy some of your favorite recipes to get the happy couple started. Add a little note about the idea behind this cookbook so they can acquire their own recipes over the years. Don’t forget to add a few (or a lot) of empty page protectors to make it easy on them. It makes a thoughtful gift! We even made one for Grandma to keep her old recipes preserved, she loved it!
Get the kids involved and let them choose some recipes they love too!
This has also helped with picky eaters in our family. Need more ideas for picky eaters? Click here for free printable.
How do you keep your recipes organized?