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Old 04-04-2006, 09:48 AM   #1
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How do you store your recipes?

I know we all have cookbooks to refer to - but how do you store recipes you find in magazines, online, obtain from friends?

I had alot of my recipes on line organized by category - appetizers, pasta, vegetables, etc. However, DH killed the hard drive last year and all of that was lost! Thank goodness I had a hard copy of most of them.

Right now I have a 3" binder with tabs in it organizing by category- but it is getting really full - I am starting to feel unorganized - a bad feeling for someone who likes complete organization!

Any suggestions? What works for you?

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Old 04-04-2006, 10:01 AM   #2
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BIG 3 ring binder with tabs and sub pockets...way too organized,,,but I'm a teacher!
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Old 04-04-2006, 10:03 AM   #3
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Sounds like what I do now! I don't have pockets, though, that is a good idea! I also use plastic page protectors so the pages stay clean.
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Old 04-04-2006, 10:10 AM   #4
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Mee too. The notebook is my cookbook. It contains the recipes I have used and will use again.

On my computer, I have the same folders with a 'cookbook' subfolder that has all the recipes in the cookbook. I also have a ton of recipes in those categories that I have yet to try.
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Old 04-04-2006, 10:47 AM   #5
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I keep mine in a folder. I had another one that had about 10 years of recipes and evidently got thrown away by that boys!!
I have an empty recipe book, I just haven't written in it. I get cramps in my hand to much and I hate writing.
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Old 04-04-2006, 10:57 AM   #6
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Same here.

I keep all my recipes on the HDD's of both my computers. Of course, the laptop's collection is the most up-to-date, with 3,135 files. Not all of those are recipes, so it should be around 3,125, give or take a few.

I keep them organized by type, dessert, entrees, etc., with sub-catagories in a few.

I used to print a hard copy, but when you've got 8 or 9 3" binders full of stuff, it's easier just to search the HDD.

I'm always worried about loosing my data (recipes and other things). The best thing I can suggest is to invest in a CD-RW drive. They're fairly cheap now. If you aren't comfortable installing an internal drive into your pc, go with an external USB drive.

Depending on how often you add to your files, back them up by burning onto a CD-RW disc every now and then, say, once a month or every few months. You can use the same disc over and over. This way you always have your recipes and other data stored off the HDD in case something fries. It's also easier to transfer data should you buy a new system.
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Old 04-04-2006, 11:05 AM   #7
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I have a three ring binder for my recipes that I make a lot (I wish I could just memorize them), but I also have everything in a file on my computer with Word documents. I also have them all in my palm pilot. That is where I find them to be the most helpful. I have two categories. One is "Food" and the other is "Food to try". What i really like about having it in my palm pilot is that I have all my recipes on me when I am in the grocery store so if I see a good piece of produce or meat or something then I can look up and see what I can make with it and what other things I would need to buy for that dish.
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Old 04-04-2006, 11:25 AM   #8
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well, I use those photo albums that are with the plastic sticky pages.. and cut out the recipe and put in there. Then when I use them to cook they always stay clean cause.. cause just wipe off the pastic page.
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Old 04-04-2006, 11:50 AM   #9
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I store mine in "Recipe Files" on my PC. I really need to do as Allen suggests, and back them up on CD's.
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I am oldfashioned. I have recipe cards as well as the files on the computer.
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