Formats For Adopting A Good Recipe Storage Plan

by Madge Lindsay

You are looking for those special instructions for a large family dinner and they are nowhere to be found. They are without a doubt someplace in the mess that invaded the kitchen drawer. No more excuses; you have to find some solution for recipe storage. You can't keep spending precious time looking for an item every time you want it.

No one looks to this chore with ease. Things are such a tangled mess, you have no idea where to start. Set aside your misgivings and get to work. It may take some time and be a bit trying but begin with sorting the directions on paper from those on cards. Then attack each pile with a vengeance.

Make one pile of index cards and another of paper clippings that you may have gotten from a magazine or a newspaper.. Step one accomplished. Now to take the piles and sort them down by food type. When you are done you should have all directions sorted into groups by the main ingredient, be it fish or chicken. When you are unsure of one, check an existing cookbook and see where they filed a certain like recipe. The last step requires that everything be placed in alphabetical order.

As you go through all these instructions be sure it is something that you are going to use fairly often. If its been hanging around forever and you still haven't made the dish, simply throw it away. If you haven't used it by now, chances are you never will. Keep only those you know will be used because they are family favorites.

Some women like to keep their instructions in a box while other don't. All the categories are included when you buy them, but a small paper clipping can easily get lost even in these small boxes. It is just a matter of preference where these boxes are concerned and if you like them that is just fine.

Others will opt to purchase the binder. It is likened to a student binder with rings that open and close. These rings will hold plastic sheets with openings that average four inches high by six inches wide. There are typically three openings on each sheet both front and back. Make all the mess you want, and the card is kept away from harm behind the safety of a plastic covering. Just wipe it clean.

Things are so easy to find that now you can use your favorites to make up a cookbook for your family members. A daughter, in particular, would love to get this as a gift. If you don't have time to rewrite them all, simply copy each one and cut it to size. What great gift it will make.

A soon as the work has been completed, designate a special area where all this information will be kept. There will be recipe books as well as binders that you made up yourself. They should be handy but not in the way of other things you use every day. Recipe storage is not the nightmare that you think it is but putting it into place can be. It will require some time and after a few hours you will have a system set up that Julia Child would love.

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