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Old 05-20-2016, 09:03 PM   #11
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I keep mine in Living Cookbook and I back up the database to an external HD every time I add a new recipe. Trying to keep a printed binder in any kind of order is virtually impossible with 2 of us accessing and adding to it. Especially when one of us is uninterested in alphabetizing.
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Old 05-20-2016, 09:04 PM   #12
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We keep most of them in electronic format, word pad, Ariel font (cause I like that one and do most of the saving). I do back-ups every couple of weeks on an independent hard drive so don't have to worry about losing things. I have been really bad about not saving things that I've bookmarked on my tablet or phone and have lost a few when one or the other failed, though I've usually remembered enough of the recipe to find it again, and have been trying to make sure I copy and paste to the computer that I back up regularly lately, as I had a tablet that I had for several years that just died on me not too long ago, no saving that one. As far as the cookbooks we own, you can tell which ones get made regularly, stains and water/liquid marks as mentioned before. If I rewrite and post the recipe somewhere (like here), I'll save them to the computer that gets backed up. We do have notebooks that have recipes cut-off from old magazines or typed out from old magazines like Bon Appetit that we keep.
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Old 05-20-2016, 09:17 PM   #13
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I guess my recipe format looks much like Andy's and everyone's, except I keep ingredients in one column. If the original didn't, I make sure to separate major parts, like marinade, main components, finishing sauce or cake ingreds from the frosting etc. And the same goes for the prep instructions too.

The handiest thing I find is because I am back and forth a lot between home and Dx's, it is easy to access a recipe wherever.

I keep my old 3 x 5 card file on the recipe book shelf. It has a few oldies/ goodies I still like to use.
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Old 05-20-2016, 09:43 PM   #14
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I use Living Cookbook and print a copy. I keep printouts in several 3-ring binders; I have too many recipes for just one You can create different cookbooks and sections within cookbooks. You can also put in headers and separate the ingredient list by component, if you want. It comes with a database of ingredients and associated nutritional information, which you can update every year - the company provides a file you can download and import when the FDA updates nutritional data.

It has a capture feature, so you can copy and paste from a web page and easily put it in the standard format, which is customizable for each cookbook. It also has a scale feature - you can take a recipe that serves four and scale it to serve 20 and it will do the calculations and create a new recipe. This has been great for making the recipes we use for DH's annual capstone event for 25-30 teachers.

I'm attaching a copy of the format I use (it's 8.5x11; I cropped it to make it easier to see).

For people who back up to an external hard drive: They are magnetic media and can crash just like internal hard drives. I learned that the hard way. Now, I use an online backup service, which backs up automagically in the background every time a file changes (you can select which files and folders to back up). That came in handy when my laptop died last year.
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Old 05-20-2016, 09:54 PM   #15
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I'm not the most organized person when it comes to formatting and filing recipes , but this is a project I've been working on for quite some time and should give it attention more often. It's for my daughters.

My mom had this old tin recipe file box that I just love - this thing must be close to 50 years old. It's filled with recipes from my mom, both grandmas, and an aunt or two. I've been re-typing the recipes, adding my notes, the original handwritten (or typed from an old typewriter) recipe cards, and my best guess as to the dates. Some recipes are handed down, some are clipped from a magazine and I'm lucky to have some of the original yellowed magazine clippings.

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I've been putting them in a binder in sheet protectors, so that I can slip in the original handwritten version as well. Kind of a keepsake thing. Here's a random sample:
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Old 05-20-2016, 10:00 PM   #16
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Sorry the second pic was so blurry.
As far as other newer recipes, I have quite a few stored in computer files and am working on getting them into the binder as well, at some point. Pretty much the same simple format as above.
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Old 05-20-2016, 11:10 PM   #17
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Lately I have been entering all my recipes into Google Drive. That way I can access them from anywhere on any device. I use Comic Sans Ms font at 20 for the title and 14 for the recipe.

The recipes I use frequently, I print and put into document protectors that go into a 3 ring binder that sits on the bar.

I do enjoy seeing my mom's handwritten recipes with all the splatters and penciled in notes, but if I handwrote mine, no one would be able to read them.
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Old 05-21-2016, 01:10 AM   #18
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I use Living Cookbook and print a copy. I keep printouts in several 3-ring binders; I have too many recipes for just one You can create different cookbooks and sections within cookbooks. You can also put in headers and separate the ingredient list by component, if you want. It comes with a database of ingredients and associated nutritional information, which you can update every year - the company provides a file you can download and import when the FDA updates nutritional data.

It has a capture feature, so you can copy and paste from a web page and easily put it in the standard format, which is customizable for each cookbook. It also has a scale feature - you can take a recipe that serves four and scale it to serve 20 and it will do the calculations and create a new recipe. This has been great for making the recipes we use for DH's annual capstone event for 25-30 teachers.

I'm attaching a copy of the format I use (it's 8.5x11; I cropped it to make it easier to see).

For people who back up to an external hard drive: They are magnetic media and can crash just like internal hard drives. I learned that the hard way. Now, I use an online backup service, which backs up automagically in the background every time a file changes (you can select which files and folders to back up). That came in handy when my laptop died last year.
I have 2 external hard drives, plus at least a half dozen thumb drives, several SD cards for my camera. I could, if I wished, make 7 or 8 backups, but I feel that having it on my computer and on 2 external drives (I use the second external to back up the first one, so everything in my primary backup is backed up again. Three copies should be enough to ensure that I will have the opportunity to recover even in the unlikely event that two should fail at the same time.
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Old 05-21-2016, 02:26 AM   #19
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Yes, three copies should be enough. Most people don't do that, though. The main thing I like about online backup is that I don't have to do anything or think about it. It's just done.

Forgot to mention, I also use Dropbox on my phone, tablet and laptop. All photos sync to my laptop, which is then backed up to the online service.
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Old 05-21-2016, 06:49 AM   #20
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If you are backing up to external drives, I would suggest using a rotating set of drives. If you get hit by ransomware you will have a clean backup. A backup of corrupt files won't do you much good.

I have a set of three external drives that I rotate to copy frequently modified folders. I make a full data backup periodically, and also have several sets of irreplaceable photos on DVDs (they are really cheap). I have the data partition structured in a way that makes it easy for me do this.

Even if you use online backup I would suggest a periodic local backup of important files, just in case.
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