I don't know about you guys, but most of the recipes I find and use are online and I'm realizing I need a system to keep track of all these! Often times I'll take my laptop into the kitchen and use the recipe straight off there, but I'm thinking I should keep the computer away from all the bacon grease splatter going on.
After cleaning my house this weekend, I've found stacks of paper recipes in various places all around - in drawers, cabinets, on my desk - it's time to get organized!
How do you guys keep your recipes organized?
copy + paste into Evernote.
I also keep my own recipes in there, shopping lists, ideas for my website, musings on my own misguided hobby of writing, and my workout log.
It's really pretty useful. I have it on my tablet, my phone, my home PC, and my work laptop. I never have to remember where I wrote something down, and I no longer have to kill trees to remember stuff.
I email them to myself with a good subject line and keep them in a "Recipe" folder. I have considered even labeling some sub-folders and breaking them further into appropriate categories now that I have many in there. I made the mistake of just keeping some links to some and now they are nowhere to be found online so I copy and paste the whole recipe now. If subject lines are really good it is easy to alphabetize and find what you are looking for.
I also take my laptop in the kitchen but leave it far from splatter range. If for some reason I can't take it I jot down notes I need or just get exercise walking back and forth from office to kitchen when I need to reference the recipe.
Some favorites I can't memorize for some reason I will print out and hang on fridge but most recipes I just need a general idea of the general "how to's" and then do it to my own liking anyway.
I have lots of punched pockets in a folder/file & my recipes are in there. Unfortunately, they're not in any particular order ATM due to looking after kids & OH having a rough ride with a few things over the last couple of months.
I can take the recipe out of the binder in it's pocket & if it does get messy, it's wipe clean! I have pinterest too, but prefer to have a paper copy.
I use an online bookmarking service that is awesome. (pinboard.in) This way I can access my bookmarks from any computer, anywhere. Very handy.
Any recipes I plan to try in the next while get posted to my Evernote account (evernote.com), because then I can read that recipe on my cell phone when I'm in the grocery store.
I do have a folder for paleo recipes on my computer, too.
For paper recipes, I have a binder + sheet protectors that's roughly organized into entrees, sides, desserts, and a section at the front of untried recipes. I'm slowly scanning them into the computer. (with the exception of family/friend recipes- written down by generations past, that sort of thing.)
For internet (& scanned) recipes, I send them to my Evernote. I've got the web clipper for my browser, the setup to just email them to myself (either from my actual email or from my Google Reader), and the actual-program for my scanned guys. All accessible from my phone, and private-unless-i-choose-to-share.
Pinterest, on the other hand, is completely public, just links-and-pictures (so if the website or link gets borked, goodbye recipe), doesn't work on my phone, and goes down more frequently than (insert terrible sexual analogy here).
Once a recipe becomes a favorite, I print it out and put it in an old fashioned 3 ring notebook (with sections for main dishes, soups, salads, & veggie sides). I'll also type out any favorite recipes from books and put them in the notebook too. That way, if I'm sick or super busy I can just direct my husband (or my mom or a friend or whoever is giving me a hand) to the book and they can take over from there. I had a big organized bookmark file on my computer when I had my son, and no one was able to find or make any of my favorite food without me futzing around on the computer for them. Bookmarks & pinterest may be great for organizing your own thoughts, but paper is much easier to hand off to someone else.
i use pepperplate (pepperplate.com). they have a bookmarklet that lives in the bookmarks toolbar, so you can save a recipe from any site very easily. i also like it because you can menu plan and create grocery lists very easily from your menus.
i also use pintrest, but most recipes i pin end up in my pepperplate account.