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Recipes are addictive.

There, I’ve said it!

Whether you are watching cooking programmes on TV that make everything look so easy, reading cookbooks full of gorgeous looking dishes, or you have just tried something amazing at a friends house – you immediately want to have the recipe and make it yourself.

It’s the height of aspiration – and I’m all for trying recipes, really I am – it’s just that all too often we can’t grab the recipe we want when we need it, or (worse still!) we can’t even remember that we had the recipe at all!

We end up spending hours collecting a pile of recipes that are disorganised, only to find that we can’t grab what we need easily – so they become pretty much useless – and that’s no good.

It has to end – so here are my top tips to help you do just that – enjoy!

simple tips to organise your recipes once and for all



Just as two diaries are never a good idea because of the increased risk of double booking and/or missing something – any system that you set up in your home should be failsafe.

This means that you should always decide on a system that suits you – and make this as easy to use as possible.

Whether you decide to use digital (Evernote, Pinterest, Word document etc…), or paper (Recipe file, Index cards, Recipe books etc…) – you should make sure that this system is right for you and how you prefer to work.

I prefer paper (as I usually do – I’m old fashioned at heart!) – a recipe file is something that I can touch and feel – and I simply use an A4 folder to collect together all the recipes I love. They are in one place and easy to grab when I need them.

TIP – If you use paper, then consider adding plastic pockets to a file, that way your recipes will stay clean and are wipeable which can be important in the kitchen!

You may prefer digital because you can access it anywhere and it won’t get damaged or lost if you have a fire or flood etc…



Easy and quick tips and advice to help you organise your recipes. Create a recipe file / recipe book - digital or paper - do what works for you


So – you have now decided on how you will store the recipes you want to keep – but how do you store them in a way that you can find them easily?

Read on to find out….

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  1. Lynne May 30, 2017 at 12:27 am #

    I have a 3 ring binder with the file name: Where Did I Find It? It has A-Z pages and I enter favorite recipes from my various cookbooks (because I have spent hours looking for a recipe that I don’t remember what cookbook it’s from) by name only and/or food involved with the proper cookbook name and page number where i can find it again.

    • Chrissy Halton Jun 4, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

      Great idea Lynne!

  2. Lynne Apr 14, 2017 at 2:02 am #

    I use a 3 ring binder system divided into 3 seasons: Winter (Dec-March),Spring/Summer (April-July) and Fall(August-November) for my recipes mostly because it fits my Vegetable garden season and monthly magazine food presentations of seasonal produce. Each binder has separate month dividers where i file same month recipes from magazines. When a certain vegetable or fruit comes into season I know where to find the recipes that go with it. I do like your idea of separating the ‘tried from the haven’t tried ‘recipes. Maybe I will separate each month into those 2 categories.

    • Chrissy Halton Apr 19, 2017 at 6:26 pm #

      Sound perfect Lynne! – yes, having tried and not tried separated means you can start to create a gorgeous recipe book of your very own with recipes you love, and you can find things much more quickly too.

  3. Eve Marks Aug 30, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

    Great advice Chrissy!

    • Lynne Apr 13, 2017 at 8:27 pm #

      I have a seasonal system for storing my recipes in binders. Winter (Dec-March), Spring/Summer (April-July) and Fall (Aug-Nov) mostly because I am a gardener and this fits my fresh produce schedule and seasonal foods. It’s easy to rip out recipes from magazines and put them in the proper month section of each binder (or computer printouts). Each month magazines feature what is in season at the time and i usually want to cook with these things anyway. i use this system also for gardening and seasonal miscellaneous articles that i want to keep. I do like your idea of separating the ‘tried and want to try’ idea. Maybe i will separate each month into both sections. Thanks for another wonderful article!

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