Wow! The year is flying by and we’re already into our 5th week of organizing the kitchen. I thought we’d talk a little about recipes, where you find them but more importantly how to keep them from taking over the kitchen. Organizing your recipes can be empowering, and save you money in the long run. If you have a system that allows you to find recipes with specific ingredients, it is a snap to put together tasty meals for your family.
Let me start by saying that with me organization is a work in progress, this is one of the reasons I initially started blogging, to have a place to save all the recipes I have accumulated over the years from friends and family. However I never anticipated the deluge of new recipes that I would need to find a way to organize. I’ve tried many ways to store all my recipes and come to the conclusion that there are many ways to accomplish this task, here are a few of our favorite ways to do this…
Recently after much prodding from Doug we’ve been transferring all our recipes into Evernote. If you’ve not heard of this yet I’ll give you a quick description…It’s the ultimate file cabinet! When we find a recipe we love or simply want to give a try we easily share it into our Evernote account by either clicking the save button on our computer or if it’s in a magazine, we take a photo with our phone and upload it. Don’t fret if you like a hard copy to work off of, you can print directly from the app if you like.
There are also Moleskine Evernote Notebooks that can be used to write a recipe down and then upload it directly into Evernote.
ZipList is the online recipe storage system we use in all our recipe posts. You can create and manage your grocery shopping list, find and save your favorite recipes from across the web, get great savings and share with your entire family – for free!
First, click on the icon of the recipe box, it’s right above the photo.
There will be a pop up window that opens asking you to log in, you can create an account or log in with Facebook.
Now you can save the recipe to your Ziplist recipe box or on the left side, you can add the ingredients to a shopping list, add tags to the recipe to make searching easier, and more.
Now you can search for recipes, view your recipes box and check the grocery deals.
You also have the option to save the recipe ingredients to your grocery list, making it easy to plan your weekly shopping. You can then access your grocery list, which has automatically categorized the recipe ingredients by aisle, from the new shopping list section that can also be found on the same navigation bar. You can then add anything else you need to buy for the week, like milk, eggs and juice, to the same list.
Are you a Pinterest lover? We are! It’s an awesome way to organize many of the recipes I want to get inspiration from. You can follow the Pocket Change Gourmet Pinterest Boards and also Hoosier Homemade Boards.
Let’s not forget this staple of every kitchen. They definitely have a purpose and probably will have a place in our kitchen for a long time. We’ve gone through several iterations to develop a binder that we use for our entire house that we keep not only our most used recipes but other useful family information. Learn how to create your own Household Binder
We had to switch around our weeks a bit because we are waiting on a cool product to share with you to make your Menu Planning fun and easy! So hopefully it will arrive soon and we can share next week.
What is your favorite way to organize your recipes?