Cooking is a necessity these days. Going out to eat is fun; however, can get very expensive. Not to mention the fact of not knowing exactly what is going into making your food. Health is a top priority in our home and should be in every home. There is nothing like buying your own fresh ingredients and groceries to preparing your food yourself.
This is the main reason I decided to create my own Recipe Binder. I didn’t want it to be complicated. All I need is to hand write my recipes and have them accessible when I am cooking. More importantly, I want to always have these valuable recipes through the years.
Here is a very simple and inexpensive way you can create yours:
First of all, find a binder that you like. You may have one at home that you can recycle or buy an inexpensive, pretty one like I did.
This is optional; however, I wanted plastic sleeves for each recipe. These can be cleaned and will not be ruined if food is near. These can also hold the small recipe cards or printouts from when we obtain recipe cards or print online. You won’t have to retype or re-write them, just place inside sheet protector and file under category. These will be filed very nice and neat.
For free shopping lists, cover page, recipe blank cards, etc. I chose these free printable ones from A Cultivated Nest’s website. You can download these for free and can be found here:
-print recipe forms mentioned in above link
All you do is place sheet protectors in binder. Choose categories that you want your recipe sorted by. I chose the following:
- Main Dishes
- Side Dishes
Type these in labeler and stick to tabs.
Print out recipe blank cards and other free forms for your binder. Once you hand write or type recipes, file under each category.
I hand write my own recipes and may go back and type them. Usually when I write down a recipe, it is due to the fact that I am asking my Mother and writing it down quickly. I also love watching you tube videos and jot the recipes down.
The binder I purchased has pockets on each side. Here, I have my menu plan for the week and my shopping list. This binder is very convenient when I remember what groceries I need to add to my shopping list.
I keep this binder on a stand in my kitchen.
One day when I am not home, maybe someone in my family can read a recipe in the binder and may want to help out it in the kitchen!