In a Bind:  Making Your Own Cookbook

In a Bind: Making Your Own Cookbook

I love finding fun recipes in magazines.  I tear them out, hoping to make them some day.  But even if I actually make them, I still have a pile of torn pages.  There are two options:


After you find a new recipe, scan it into your computer and make an electronic file of all your finds.  You can use them for cooking and baking straight from a laptop or tablet.


Or, if you are a paper person, keep your collection in a binder.  It is pretty simple.  You’ll just need a couple of things:  pages from your magazine or handwritten recipes and the supplies listed on our checklist.

  1. Determine what kind of recipe binder would work best for you. Although you can make several different binders, start with the one you will use the most like “Favorite” or “Quick-and-Easy Meals”.
  2. Separate you recipes into piles and put them into your Sheet Protectors. As you are doing this, categorize your sheets into sections using your Index Dividers.  Depending on the type of binder you are making, you could make categories by the type of recipe it is, days of the week, seasons or by most/least used.

What do I do with all my recipes?  Make a binder with this free printable checklist from Come To Order.

For more options to store your recipes, consider making a digital book with Create My Cookbook or keeping a Recipe Box.


Nationally recognized certified organizer, speaker and author, Kathy Jenkins is dedicated to helping her clients simplify their lives by reducing clutter, organizing their homes and offices, and managing their time. She is the President of Come To Order, a professional residential organizing company based in Richmond, Virginia. For more tips, click here to follow Kathy on Facebook

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