Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cute Recipe Storage

I thought I would show how I store my recipes. Several years ago, I bought one of these recipe baskets at a Longaberger basket show. I even had to buy the cute "Recipes" tie-on.

I think this was purchased around 1996 or 1997. These baskets are expensive, but they are sturdy and do hold up very well. I love the lip on the cover, where you can rest a recipe while you are reading it.

I bought a ton of recipe cards with plastic covers. I'm a messy cook and baker, stuff gets splashed around. I do have a few recipe books, but if I like a recipe enough, I'll write it on a card and put it here into my basket.

Once in a while, I tear recipes out of magazines, and print them from the internet. Here is my pile of recipes "to be tried."

I really need to give myself some sort of deadline for trying these recipes before I either write them on a card, or toss them. I think some of these papers are older than six months.

Until I try the new recipes, I fold them up and store them in front of my recipe cards. Looks like it's time to try some of these out!

How do you store your recipes? Do you have a basket or container? A three ring binder? Cookbooks? Do you just look up recipes on the internet?

17 comments:

Katie @ Not Just Decorating said...

I store my recipes in 2 index card boxes- I have a lot of them I guess. The boxes are plastic so I can clean them off and not worry about messing them up. Have a great day!
Katie

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

That is really cute! I actually just did up a recipe box for my friends birthday! You'll have to check back on Monday to see how it turned out. ;)

Thanks for linking with Sugar & Spice.

Kim said...

You can't have enough Longaberger :).

Condo Blues said...

I just started (in the last year or so) using the recipe box I got as a Christmas gift. My mother in law filled it with family recipes.

PS: I live near the Longaberger factory. Did you know that their office building is in the shape of a GIANT picnic basket?

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Yes, I've seen pictures of it before. I've known some LB consultants who have gone to the big "convention" and such, and they showed me some pictures and flyers of it. It's very cute!

Seasons of Life said...

I have recipes in two different systems. I have some (the tried and true recipes) in my "Longaberger Recipe Box"...just like yours. I have index dividers with categories on each (i.e. appetizers, breads, breakfasts, pasta, etc.) and the recipes are on recipe index cards...no plastic sleeves though. A few of the ones I use often I actually laminated just to keep them wipeable and from wearing out.

The other system I have is a 3-ring notebook. This also has section dividers and houses all my 'tried and true' recipes that have been printed off the internet or full page copies/magazine pages. I am in the process (actually soon-to-be process) of changing over to a new notebook (Susan Branch kit) for my notebook recipes.

I have a few cookbooks and all of my cookbooks plus 3-ring notebook are kept in a "market basket" on my kitchen counter. That's how I keep mine.

Great post and pictures...where did you get little plastic sleeves for your recipe cards? Just curious.

Blessings ~

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

The receipe cards were purchased over 15 years ago (yikes!) in Vermont. On the back, they say: Tree Spirit Label, Brattleboro, VT.

I need to do index dividers, too.

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

That's really lovely, and what a great idea to have plastic covers! I've got several recipe card boxes, including my Mom's which I treasure, far too many cookbooks and tons of files! But then I am someone who writes about food so I guess that is okay!

jennoreilly said...

Hi, here from tidymom! I have a huge binder that I keep all my recipes in but they are in no way organized. One day I'll get it done, probably when the kiddies are grown!!

Have a super weekend!

Krista @ While He Was Napping said...

This is fantastic. How adorable! I love collecting new recipes, but I just store mine in a lame box. I'd love for you to join my linky party this weekend!

Krista
whilehewasnapping.blogspot.com

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

That is perfect. Oh so many recipes, so little time!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

I SO need to do this!!!

Bloggymom said...

I am slowly working on this project too. One of these days.... I will finish. Love your box!!

Jamie Kaufmann said...

ya know, i mostly get recipes online now. when we love a recipe, i post it on my blog. so i guess most of my recipe cards are on the blog, lol. i hope it never crashes!

Leanne said...

I love Longaberger Baskets. They are expensive, but well made. Thanks for joining We're Organized Wednesday.

Recipe Cards said...

These are amazing! And exactly what I have been looking for; cute and well-designed storage for my completely disorganized array of recipes. Recipe boxes will help you get a hold on your ever mounting collection of hand-written recipes, magazine clippings, newspaper cutouts and family treasures. Thank you!

Recipe cards said...

I have recipes in two different systems. I have some (the tried and true recipes) in my "Longaberger Recipe Box"...just like yours. I have index dividers with categories on each (i.e. appetizers, breads, breakfasts, pasta, etc.) and the recipes are on recipe index cards...no plastic sleeves though. A few of the ones I use often I actually laminated just to keep them wipeable and from wearing out.

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