Organization of my recipes isn't something I have really made time to do in the past other than to print and throw into a box, but then when I was trying to host a meal or just simply plan the week's food I had to pull everything out and rummage through tons of recipes just to find one that I wanted. Frustrating!
The first thing I did was think about what I wanted out of a recipe binder. I'm a messy cook - so protecting my recipes from spills and messes was first priority.
I grabbed a box of sheet protectors - I prefer non-glare when cooking it's easier to read (200 in a box at Sam's!)
Samsill has a sweet line of Antimicrobial protected binders so I figured since this binder is prone to messes why not have it working for me to keep bacteria, mold and mildew from growing on it. So I nabbed a fun color (I love green!) If you are interested in these binders the website has a dealer locator to make getting one super easy.
As I was looking for index tabs to use I ran across binder pocket folders which were cool and I thought would be perfect for holding those odd sized recipes or even coupon. But I can be pretty cheap and so I thought - "I can make those". When I got home I found and old pocket folder and made my own template. I decided to use empty cereal boxes since they are large pieces of cardboard... and again I didn't want to buy anything.
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My binder categories are:
That's just how I roll... but I would suggest looking at your recipes and how you plan meals and create your own categories. As I was picking these I just flipped through me recipes and wrote down words as they came to me. Then I narrowed the categories a bit and came up with this assortment.
So that's it, my recipe binder face lift. If you have any questions about the templates feel free to email or comment. Happy cooking! Oh and don't forget to like my Recipe Binder Pin on Pinterest.
Update: I decided to create a video of this project for a little more information on what I did. Enjoy!