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Old 07-19-2006, 08:31 AM   #21
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Each Jan. 1st, I start a new binder - a big one! - and each day I try a new dish and like it, I date it and put in the binder. I had volumes for years until I finally went thru them and edited ones out.

It's so fun to go back thru the old ones - because I also add a note on the recipe of anything of interest we are doing at the time or the company we had. It's almost like a mini journal.

My MasterCook is bulging at the seams also...
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Old 07-19-2006, 08:44 AM   #22
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I also add a note on the recipe of anything of interest we are doing at the time or the company we had
That would be fun. I always think I'll remember everything and zoooom, it's gone.
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Old 07-19-2006, 08:52 AM   #23
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I had zillions of handwritten recipes, some over 100yo, and it got totally out of hand. So I made books from them, putting them all into alphabetical order and in 'chapters' for cakes, beef, lamb, confectionery, preserves, vegetables etc. I did it on the computer, and I've backed them all up onto disk. It's easy to search for a recipe name, or an ingredient, and even if I have a HD crash, I've got the backup version. It's also easy to print out a single page if need be. Mind you, it took me a L-O-O-ONG time to get them all done, but it was well worth the effort. If I thought it was worth the expense, I could always print them out and have them bound, but they are very bulky!

An alternative for you would be some self-stick photo albums, the ones with protective plastic covers. Or you could copy them all out to your computer and print them out as cards of the same size to store in a suitable-sized box. Even a shoe-box, prettily covered, would do.
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Old 07-19-2006, 10:17 AM   #24
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"I always think I'll remember everything and zoooom, it's gone."

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Old 07-19-2006, 07:52 PM   #25
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Each Jan. 1st, I start a new binder - a big one! - and each day I try a new dish and like it, I date it and put in the binder. I had volumes for years until I finally went thru them and edited ones out.
I am going to try this! what a good idea...and perhaps put the ones I use a lot on a memory stick...
Does anyone use a specific program for recipes or just type them up on word?
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Old 07-20-2006, 05:48 PM   #26
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Reiman Publications (Taste of Home) has a Country Store where they sell a small book that will keep track of where your favorite recipes are. It's separated by category and then you write down the name of the recipe, the book name and the page #. You could make your own version of this with a small binder.

I've also tried to keep track of ALL my magazine cutouts.... Started years ago taping them to plain paper and then filing by category in a binder. Had originally planned on typing them, but got lazy! since I type at work, I didn't want to do it at home too.

I love cookbooks

But I definitely need to start thinning down my recipes also. Have tons printed from online..... haven't put these in binders yet.... Maybe this is the push I need!!!
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Old 08-06-2006, 12:04 AM   #27
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Sigh.. ok.. I know it has been a week or two since a post was last made on this.. but have to say.. I FINALLY got my recipes in order.. for the most part. We had a bad bad storm come thru where i live on July 21st (my county was declared a state disaster area.. it was that bad) and I had been without power for 6days and finally got my phone and internet hooked back up tonight.. the phone line had been lying across my backyard:(. During this time.. of no power.. therefore NOTHING to do.. LOL. I went thru all my cooking magazines, brochures, booklets, etc.. and ripped out all of the recipes that I want to try and put them in a folder and threw out the magazines, etc. Whew!!! My goal is to try one meat/main dish, one veggie/side dish and one dessert recipe from this folder each week. And the ones that have an ok from everyone.. I will write down on a recipe card and add to my recipe box. Something so hard for me , turned into something really simple with the help from everyone here who has posted thier ideas, etc. THANK U SO MUCH!!!
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Old 08-08-2006, 11:34 PM   #28
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I too keep my favorite recipes in a binder with page
protecters. Its handy in the kitchen and I don't have to
wonder what book the recipe is in. I also keep them on
the computer, in fact I better go back them up......
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Old 09-15-2006, 05:02 PM   #29
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Here in Southern California we have stores such as Staples which carry all sorts of office supplies. I got 2 very long boxes with a medal slide and I can make it as large as I want or as small as I want. I use one for photos and one for receipes.

Hope this helps for storing your receipes.
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Old 09-17-2006, 01:23 PM   #30
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If I had to keep mine in boxes or binders or whatever, I'd have a complete mess on my hands (DW is the organizer in this house). I keep them on the computer using "Now You're Cooking" recipe software, and it works great for me. I can search by any of a number of categories, and create as many custom categories as I need. If I had everything on paper, nothing would ever get used, as I'd never be able to find what I was looking for.

I even put in recipes from cookbooks by just using the name and a reference to the appropriate book rather than retyping the whole recipe. These are categorized the same way, and I also have a category for "cookbooks" so I can instantly isolate them.
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