Next month we will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. You can imagine how many recipes I've collected along the way.
I began with 3x5 recipe cards filed in a metal box, just like everyone else in the 70's. Those weren't really satisfactory though; the recipes often don't fit on the cards, and the collection eventually outgrows the box. Nowadays, I wouldn't want to even think about hand-writing a recipe on an index card - writing is getting to be difficult for my fingers.
Some years ago I started typing my recipes. If someone wanted a copy of a recipe, I could print an extra copy or photocopy the original. Magazine pages are easy to photocopy or tear out of the magazine. I have a couple of pages that my dentist's receptionist photocopied for me while I waited for my children - she said that patients often ask her to do so. And of course I have a large number of recipes printed from the internet or sent to me via email.
I keep my recipes in three notebooks/binders. One holds desserts, another holds older recipes that I haven't used in awhile; occasionally I'll go through that one and pull out some old favorites, but basically it holds the "overflow". The third is the one I use the most, with my currently-used recipes. I'd like a fourth notebook just for my canning recipes, and plan to put that together someday soon.
I also have a small spiral notebook where I keep records of what I've canned/frozen/preserved each year, and miscellaneous kitchen tips.
One section of my recipe binder contains my holiday menus and recipes. At first I had a list of the dishes I make and the name of the cookbook/page number where they could be found, but now I've typed up each recipe so they are all in one place. Also included: how long to bake a turkey, how to make great gravy, the way I "tweak" the original recipe, even what pans I use.
How do you organize your recipes? What works or doesn't work for you? Please leave a comment below.