How to Keep Track of New Recipes You’re Planning to Make This Week!

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Have you ever made a menu plan for the week that included a new recipe or two, but when it was time to make it, you couldn’t find the recipe?  I’ve had that happen more times than I care to remember.  It causes major panic when it’s time to fix dinner and you have no idea where the recipe is.

To avoid that problem, I’ve come up with several strategies to keep track of recipes I’ve scheduled for the coming week.

1.      Make a physical copy of the recipe (tear it out of the magazine, make a copy, scan it or type it out) and clip it to the side of the refrigerator using one of those magnetic clips.  This is my favorite method.

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2.       When you make your menu, make a note next to the new recipes where they’re found.  For example, this week I’m trying several new recipes from my latest Taste of Home magazine.  So I wrote “TOH, 6/7/2013” which means Taste of Home, June/July 2013.

3.       Take a photo of the recipe with your smart phone.  Then if you can’t find the printed copy, at least you have a copy in your phone.

4.       Clip the recipes to your recipe holder.  I have a recipe holder on my counter at all times.  Sometimes I take all the new recipes and clip them to the recipe holder.

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5.       Set up a file folder with the recipes for the week.  You can include the new recipes and the old ones.  Then when you’re ready to cook, everything is already set aside.

6.       Scan all scheduled recipes and keep them in a designated folder on your computer.

7.       If you’re pretty positive the recipe is going to be a keeper, go ahead and put it in your recipe system (index cards, notebook, etc.).

8.       If you have any extra drawer space, put all scheduled recipes in the drawer.

9.       Put recipes in a stackable tray on your desk.  Before we moved, I had stackable trays on my desk and one tray was designated for recipes.  After I made my menu, I put the new recipes in the tray.

How do you keep track of your scheduled recipes?

Comments

  1. Dianne in the desert says:

    I have one of those “small format” binders with my menu plans in it on my desk. I do two things with it in addition to planning what will be served. I pull the recipes from my file, or from the index in that binder, and check for the needed ingredients. I do this in conjunction with writing my weekly shopping list so that I can add needed items as I peruse the pantry and the freezer/refrig. While many of my “old standby” recipes are memorized, new recipes mean getting new ingredients. My shopping list is printed on the back of the previous week’s menu plan (now to the left of the page I am working on), so I can jot things down as I go. Like you, I print out a copy of new recipes, so if it turns out to be a “keeper”, I punch holes and put it into the indexed portion of the menu planning notebook. I have started typing out the old favorites that I have memorized, too. That way, the indexed recipes can be passed on to my children or othrs simply by scanning or copying. Before I finish, I attach any coupons to the shopping list. Ta da! Done!

  2. Tami Callicotte says:

    Have you ever heard of http://www.pepperplate.com? A friend recently told me about it. I’ve started typing in my most used recipes that I don’t have memorized, as well as any new recipes that I want to try, before I know if they are going to be keepers or not and if they are, I can print them out. I’ve been using my iPad in the kitchen to access them.

  3. I pin things. I don’t really try new recipes from print sources anymore…too much to keep track of. Just easier to pin!

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