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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

WFMW-Organizing Recipes


Wow, I can't believe it's already Wednesday. I really thought I had another day left to do this! Well, here is my WFMW tip of the day.



I have a lot of recipes. More than I can really keep track of most days. So what I have started to do is to organize them on my computer (and soon, into a binder or three). I have organized my files to be very similar to a cookbook. I have a folder for Appetizers, Yeast Breads, Quick Breads, Main Dishes, Sweet Treats, and so on. Within each of those folders, I also have sub-folders. For instance, Sweet Treats has sub-sections for Cakes, Pies, Cookies, and so on. Within each of those sub-folders, I also have a folder for New Recipes To Try. When I have tried that recipe, I decide whether I like it or not, and then either delete it, or transfer it to the appropriate folder. It sounds like a lot of extra steps, but it really helps me to remember what I have and haven't tried, and what worked for us and what didn't. For instance, I recently made a dish that, while I thought it was alright, it wasn't something I wanted to make again. I deleted the dish, and now I don't have to try to remember whether I made it. I also made a cake recently that my husband (who hates cake) absolutely loves. I will definitely keep that one, so I will transfer it to the cake folder.

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7 comments:

Rona's Home Page said...

Kudos!

Lisa said...

I've been writing mine in a book, but I think organizing them on the computer would be neater. Thanks for the great tip. :o)

Anna said...

I have mine in a big binder, and have numbered all the pages. When ill with chicken pox recently I put them all in a microsoft access database with key word associated.

Now, if i have chicken/lemon/pumpkin in the freezer, I enter it into my database and it lists all the recipies in my binder with chicken/lemon/pumpkin in the recipe.

Yes, I am a computer nerd, but access has a recipe box template which i used rather than doing it myself.

MommaBlogger said...

Anna, THAT is a very cool idea (and something my access/excel minded hubby would do). I am going to have to check that out now. Great idea.

Chappyswife said...

Great idea, but I can't imagine anyone hating cake! :0)

Miss Huckleberry said...

I've been wanting to organize my recipes for ever now! I've been planning on using binders & having a recipe key for my go-to meals; it never occurred to me to use Excel/Access... thanks a lot! I think I'll just get them organized first, then take on the task of entering the info into the computer later on, that's going to take a while!

Cheatn Thursdays said...

Try http://recipe.gauzza.com its free/easy to use and you can access all your recipes where ever there is an internet connection