I own dozens of cookbooks but one recipe binder.
The cook books are rarely used.
It's just so inconvenient to have to search through all of them every time I want to find a recipe (and yes, I realize that's a really lame excuse).
But now that I've been working on planning meals and baking from scratch, I've started collecting all my recipes in one place my recipe binder.
The first thing I do is type out the recipe on the computer. Then I print it out and place it in a 3-ring binder which I keep in an accessible place in the kitchen. Then, when I want to bake something, I just get out the binder, turn to the right page, and bake!
Having the recipes printed out also makes it more convenient to write notes on individual recipes, especially if I make any exchanges for any of the ingredients. And of course, if I bake a recipe, but don't like it, I can simply tear it out and throw it away without damaging my cookbooks.
Eventually, I plan to turn my recipe binder into a more full-blown home management binder, complete with chore lists, to-do lists, home records, etc., but that is going to take some time.
But for now, my recipe binder really works for me!
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