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How to Organize Recipes

Are you struggling to find the right recipe when you want to cook dinner? Do you have scraps of paper with scribbled recipes floating all over your kitchen? Today's tips from Domestic CEO will help you cut down on the recipe clutter and give you an organized recipe catalog.

By
Amanda Thomas
Episode #083

I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but there is a major generational gap in our kitchens. The gap I’m referring to is not with our cooking styles, or how often we cook, although those could arguably be different from generations before us as well. The gap I’m talking about is how we organize our recipes. Growing up, I remember seeing card boxes full of recipes that had been passed down from older family members to my mom. The only cookbook she had was the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook because it had every single recipe a midwest American family of the 1980s would need.

While many of us Gen X and Gen Yers also have recipe books and a few recipe cards, we have a much different style of organizing our recipes: electronically. Today I’m going to give you a few tips on how to organize recipes, both electronically as well as on paper. Pick the method or methods that work best for you, and soon you will have an organized system to plan your meals each week. There is no right or wrong way to do this as long as you know where to find the recipe you need, when you need it..

Option #1: Organize Recipes Online

Since we are in the 21st century, let’s start with the most technologically advanced methods of organizing recipes. In terms of organizing your recipes electronically, I would recommend the big cooking websites as a place to start. My favorites are allrecipes.com and food.com. Both of these websites give you the ability to create profiles, upload recipes, and search through recipes that other users have shared. You can also search by ingredients, ratings, see tips and modifications other home chefs have written in reviews, and print out recipes (if you want to keep one foot in the pre-electronic age).  

If you want to rely heavily on your mobile devices, Allrecipes has an app that I am in love with. It’s called the Dinner Spinner. It’s like a game and digital recipe book combined. Once you find a recipe that you want to keep, simply add it to your favorites and you’ll have it at your fingertips the next time you need it. I uploaded my super easy and delicious recipes for Salsa Verde Pork and for Crock-Pot Chicken.  

And now for something a bit less technological.....

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Amanda Thomas Domestic CEO

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