You know when you an item on your to-do list that sticks around for way too long? Like maybe, years? Like maybe since 2007? Yeah…so that’s what the recipe organization project has been for me. No, I haven’t written it on every to-do list (and there have been so many), but it’s been taking up valuable mental “to-do” list real estate in my mind, for far too long. This project, or need of a project rather, was one of the main motivating factors for creating this months resolution list.
Which is why I am thrilled beyond belief that I have finally come up with a system that works for me and will be sustainable over the long-term.
Here’s what it will look like:
Equals: Totally customizable recipe organization that is easy to implement and even easier to maintain.
One of the biggest challenges I have faced with recipe organization has been categorization. In many pre-made recipe binders/boxes/books I find the options too broad. A “side” can be many different things. “Dinner” has too many variables too it. For me when I am looking for a recipe it’s usually because I am starting with a specific ingredient around which I hope to build a dish. Everyone’s mind works differently, but I want to be able to easily find a central ingredient without sifting through a bunch of options. After some brainstorming I have come up with the following categories:
-Breakfast (Waffles/Pancakes/Yogurts etc)
-Game (Rabbit/ Goat/ Etc)
-Desserts (Other Sweets)
Pretty specific right? Trust me when I tell you that there is lots of room for sub-categorizing within this system, and that has this anal-retentive food lover just boiling over with glee….but I will save that for a later post. You heard that right…this is going to be a two-parter my friends! I won’t be getting my pretty box and fun folders for another week or so, meaning I will report back when it’s all done.
However, work has already begun, and thankfully I am already finding this system to be much faster and time-efficient than my previous one. I was able to go through almost twenty untouched Food and Wine
magazines, along with the six-years worth of already clipped recipes over the course of one evening. There are still untouched magazines remaining, but the groundwork has been laid for a solid recipe collecting future.
The weight from many years of recipe snipping has been lifted off my shoulders…and onto my dining room table.
Ah…what’s that I taste? Oh I know…it’s called VICTORY!