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maggie-

Recipes

How do you keep track of your favourite recipes, how do you store or collate them?

If I see a recipe I may like to try online I print it out, hole punch and stick it in the ring binder. If I see a recipe in a book or magazine, I throw it on the printer and photocopy and stick it in the ringbinder.

If I try it and like it, I decorate it with a few tasty notes.

Since the beginning of the year I've collected and tried quite a few.

I suppose I could scan them all and create a database but I kinda like them as they are.

How do you sort yours?: )

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Elpe

Recipes

Ring binders and computer folders plus a box file for things I cut out. Very occasionally I turf out some I've not used in ages (like about twice in ten years!). I find now that my offspring have long since left home, the things I cook are different for just the two of us - eg fewer cakes, as I'd just eat them!

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Honey

Recipes

It would be nice to think I had them all in one place, but that would make life far too simple. I print them off and I've got a similar set up to you Maggie. Mine are clear perspex sleeves in a book (The books come with about 70 sleeves so that stores 140 recipes and I must have getting on for a dozen books now... colour coded). I print off the recipes and have them back to back in the sleeves. I can also store the ones I've cut out of somewhere too. I simply glue them to an A4 sheet (usually gives room for helpful comments about the next time I make it). I also have a Recipe file in Word and that is sub divided into categories: Starters, Main Courses, Desserts and Puddings, Vegetarian, Vegetables, (those two are subtly different of course), Accompaniments, Baking, Chicken, Low Fat, Fish.... you get the idea. I even have one that says 'Other'. You would be surprise what useful information I have stowed away in there. If someone tells me something on here and I know I will never remember, or find it again, I copy and paste it into a Word file and save it under 'other'.

That all makes me sound very organised doesn't it?... Not a bit of it... that doesn't explain why there is a stack of recipes on the desk here, several inches high, waiting to be filed!!

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Yummy

Recipes

The first thing I do when I sign into Delia is look on the ROTD, if I like it then I immediately save it into my Favourite Delia online Recipe Book. I can then go back and immediately find it, same if someone mentions something on here and I serach and find it...straight into my faves, it's like keeping them all on one place without faffing about printing them off. Then, If I find I make it twice I'll print it off. and put it into my folder, like Honey I use the clear sheeted one and back to back the printed copies. I colour code them Savoury blue, sweets/puds in Red. All other on-line searches from various website I save and store on a Data Traveller.

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Honey

Recipes

Yummy, I had so many lovely recipes stored on here and when they changed the website I lost the lot and I decided I wasn't going to risk that happening again, so I don't bother to keep them on here any more. But like you, if it's a regular, I did used to print it off. Now I have an iPad, I do sometimes try and save the trees by having the recipe on the screen and have it in the kitchen so I don't have to print it off. But I really do prefer it on paper so that I can make notes for the next time I make it.

H x

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violet eyes

storing recipes

I reckon all cooks do the same. I've been doing this for years. Every time I see a recipe in print that I want to try I cut it out. I'm no good at paste and coping or what ever it's called so when I see a recipe on a website I write it out.
They are all kept together under different headings. The ones cut from mags are in see through strong zip up plastic containers under sweet or savoury and the hand written ones are in a big folder in plastic sleeves, the seperate sleeves say what's inside. Breads, cakes, pastries, salads, ice creams etc.
But now I have bought a laminator so all the recipes that get used often are now laminated. All I need to do now is find a place to store them.

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Esther R

Recipes

I have two ring binders and I put recipes in them in clear plastic folders. One is entitled 'puddings and cakes' and the other is 'everday meals'. i write comments on the recipes so I can remember the next time I make them. I also have a pile of recipes waiting to be sorted and filed. For some reason it is a job I really hate doing.

I am not really organised enough to save on-line recipes. Perhaps this and the sorting of my magazine cuttings is a job for the next cold snap in January!

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violet eyes

storing recipes

I forget to say I also have many stored in photo albums. Not the pocket type, the other sort where the recipe sticks on the page and you press the plastic over it.
And I still can't think what to do for dinner :0)

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Gravy Queen

Recipes

I don't print any from online . I either use recipes from books or magazines I have, or if I use one online I just get it up on the IPad and take it into the kitchen with me . If its a keeper I will store it online ..

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Pan-tastic

recipes

I keep mine in a box file which contains a selection of clear file holders that are categorised meat, fish, spicy, cakes etc.

I went through them recently and was quite struck by the number of crab, spicy and chocolate recipes I seem to have collated over the years - quite an interesting insight into what foods I most like!

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Essex Girl

Recipe Collections

I know what you mean, Pan. I could publish a book with all my collection of chocolate cake/pud recipes alone!

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Saffy

Recipes

I have my favourites in ring binders (in plastic sleeves as well). Three large ring binders, but a lot of recipes I don't do very often. I think I'll have a sort out of them and weed out the recipes I no longer use.

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The Cat's Mother

Keeping recipes

I keep all sorts of recipes "just in case" - I have ring binders with clear plastic sleeves and title them appropriately. I wish I had thought of colour coding when I started. I print off interesting ones from the computer and cut some out of the magazines I have. A good clear out is called for very soon - but I hate throwing them away - "just in case"!!!! Perhaps if I was a bit younger I would keep a data base on the computer, but I am always afraid of losing them. Maybe an IPad is an idea, but I wouldn't know where to start!!!

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maggie-

Recipes

Seems great minds think alike : ) I like the loose plastic sleeves it means I only have to take one sheet into the kitchen. I don't have enough counter space to take my laptop in the kitchen I'd be afraid to get it covered in something, or books, my friend made me a lovely oak bookstand but again it takes up loads of space!

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sam from worthing

Recipes


I don;t have a printer - so i copy out online recipes into a "reporters" note book, i have 4 of them.

I used to have 3 large/fat ring binders that i used to print recipes off - before printer just died, and i put in those protective covers too, and any i found in newspapers/magazines - yes i was that person who ripped them out in the doctors waiting room - when you was allowed to take magazine to the doctors.

before we moved - i went through those folders - and kept the ones i used - i ended up with 10, i threw (recycled) all the others.

Other than that i have 7 years of good food magazines which get referred to an awful lot, and a slowly dwindling cook book collection.

 
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