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Old 05-20-2016, 01:10 PM   #1
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Written Recipe Format - What's your preferred method?

WRITTEN RECIPE FORMAT

Recipes I've cooked and want to keep get typed up and put into my three-ring cookbook binder.

I have a standard format I use to promote consistency in appearance and understanding.

Here's what I do:

I use 24-pound paper, heavier than the standard 20-pound printer paper.
Standard font is Arial 12-point with bolding and italics as needed
Footnotes are in Arial 8-point in Month Year format. I list dates created and revised.
Titles are centered in BOLDED LARGE AND SMALL CAPS.
Attribution is in Italics.
All units of measure abbreviations are standardized to a prepared list.
Ingredients lists are in two columns listed first after the title in the order used
Ingredients in separate steps are separated by an underline
I write instructions in complete sentences rather than in recipe speak.
I record the amount of time need to make the recipe from start to finish.
I keep these recipes in a binder with subject dividers for Meats, Poultry, etc.
I do not use plastic sheet protectors. Reprinting is cheaper and takes less space



There's probably more but you get the idea. You're probably thinking I'm way too Anal Retentive for your liking but that's just me.

What do you do for your recipes?


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Old 05-20-2016, 01:55 PM   #2
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That sounds like perfection to me Andy, and there's sure nothing wrong with that.

Hand written recipe collections are sure a thing of the past, and in some ways that's too bad. My Mom has been gone since I was a young woman, and when I come across one of her recipe cards she comes back to me with her writing. My kids will have mine in my hand before I bought a computer and that's all. Kinda sad.
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Old 05-20-2016, 04:04 PM   #3
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WRITTEN RECIPE FORMAT

Recipes I've cooked and want to keep get typed up and put into my three-ring cookbook binder.

I have a standard format I use to promote consistency in appearance and understanding.


What do you do for your recipes?


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I do something similar and in the past couple of years have been putting together a family favorites book. I had to standardize the recipe format and after some failed attempts came up with these (here's a left and right version:

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It's 8 x 8 on card stick and the ingredient list is grouped by assembly steps. There is a place for notes at the bottom, a picture and I try like heck to fit it on one page so that no page turns are needed.

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Old 05-20-2016, 05:05 PM   #4
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I'm a complete failure at this!

I have tried several formats to organize my "collection" into three different little cookbooks and a sort of diary of things to cook and eat in season.

I agree with Kayelle about the old handwritten recipes, newspaper clippings and the old cookbooks with notes in the margins. I always know I have found a great recipe when I'm looking through an old cookbook and the page in front of me is just covered with splatters, stains and little notes. When I make those recipes I feel a connection with the previous cooks. I always try to pencil in a note or tip of my own for the next person to discover.
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Old 05-20-2016, 05:59 PM   #5
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I record recipes in Microsoft OneNote with picture then print out and keep in an accordion folder. I am planning on printing on card stock and putting in a cookbook binder when I can.

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Old 05-20-2016, 06:17 PM   #6
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Having lost all my recipes once to a computer that refused mouth-to-mouth CPR, I said never again. Next computer, I started printing ea recipe as I entered them in. My ring binder was not kept in the best/ usable order. Ugh.

In recent years I am using a free cloud based recipe organizer that seems to work for me, or at least I have learned to make a few adjustments with it, to the extent it allows. Pepperplate (dot com).
It allows one picture, and has a place for notes at the bottom. It's easy to copy/ paste ingredients and instrux, cooking/ prep times, recipe source, and a few other bells and whistles in formatted places. It's drawbacks are, it saves individual recipes in the order one enters them, or you can place the whole lot in alphabetical order. The good news is the user gets to create recipe categories, much like a cookbook and from there it is easier to locate the recipe you want. It's search box works too by title or a main ingredient.

I got more to say about this,but I gotta go right now. Bye.
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Here's an image of my format. Sorry, no photos.
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Old 05-20-2016, 06:29 PM   #8
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I use The Recipe Box app. It's on all the tablets, phones, and the desktop, so the chances of losing recipes is very slight.

I can copy and paste and stick them on there. I also have handwritten recipes from Gramma and friends that are in a little wooden recipe box in my cupboard.
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I'm a complete failure at this!

I have tried several formats to organize my "collection" into three different little cookbooks and a sort of diary of things to cook and eat in season.

I agree with Kayelle about the old handwritten recipes, newspaper clippings and the old cookbooks with notes in the margins. I always know I have found a great recipe when I'm looking through an old cookbook and the page in front of me is just covered with splatters, stains and little notes. When I make those recipes I feel a connection with the previous cooks. I always try to pencil in a note or tip of my own for the next person to discover.
Bea, I've posted this site a couple of times but you may have missed it.
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Here's an image of my format. Sorry, no photos.

I do it like you, Andy.
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