One of the projects I’ve completed recently was to create a recipe binder. This project has been on my to-do list for some time. I was sure it would make my meal planning and cooking more efficient, as well as making my kitchen tidier and more organised. And it certainly has! So, now I’m sharing my binder with you – as well as my top 5 benefits of creating a Recipe Binder.
Top 5 Benefits of Creating a Recipe Binder
Recipes don’t get lost or wrecked
If all your recipes are in the one place, in clear protective covers, then you are not going to spend ages hunting for Great-Aunt Betty’s secret cake recipe only to remember that it got covered in mixture the last time you used it and you accidentally through it out.
You can easily slip that hand written recipe, photocopied recipe from a book, or print out from a website, into a clear cover and file it away. They are also easy to wipe down if you do get carried away with your ingredients!
Recipes don’t get forgotten about
While collecting and sorting my recipes I discovered a whole lot of recipes that I had forgotten about. I’m sure there are also plenty of recipes in my recipe book collection that I haven’t cooked in a while and forgotten about too. By having the recipes all in one place I am more likely to come across an old recipe and give it another try.
Recipes are easily accessible
Now that the recipes are all sorted I can easily find what I am looking for. I made my own dividers and tabs to help locate the different sections. If I’m not sure which section to place a recipe in (for example, should my Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe be filed under Chicken or Rice) I just photocopy it and place it in more than one section. The divider tabs, plus instructions and template are included in the Recipe Binder Pack.
I also threw out some double-up recipes. I don’t need to look through three recipes to find the lemon cupcake recipe I want. I know that my favourite Whole Lemon Cupcake recipe is the one I will always go to, so there was no need to keep the other lemon cupcake recipe that I had printed.
Helps with meal planning and adding variety
Having all my recipes for one particular meal type in the one place has really helped with my meal planning and adding a bit of variety to my usual list of regular meals. If I get a bit bored of the usual mince dishes I can take a quick flip through that section and find something else to make this week.
I also created sheets with conversion charts (so that I can easily apply different measurements or use the slow cooker instead of the oven) and an ‘International Glossary’ (for a quick translation of the different terms used around the world). These are especially helpful when I am using an on-line recipe from a different country, but more about that in next week’s post!
The Binder looks neat on the shelf and I look organised!
I love the way my Recipes Binders look on the shelf in my kitchen! As you can see I have a separate binder for baking. I’ve also included a spine for Celebration recipes, but I haven’t created that binder yet. In the Recipe Binder Pack I have designed spines for Recipes, Baking and Celebrations, with 1″, 2″ and 3″ sizes.
I’m really glad I have ticked this task off my to-do list.
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