Kitchen & Dining Room Mission #5: Find your Recipes!

Filed under: Kitchen/Dining Room,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 7:47 am on Friday, November 28, 2008

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Here’s your last assignment for this month’s mission of decluttering the Eating Zones of your home: organize your recipes! You’ll be ready for entertaining when you find all your favorite seasonal dishes this week.
This is what you need to do:

  1. Go through your cookbooks. If you haven’t used it in a year or two, donate it! If you are holding on to a cookbook because of a handful of beloved recipes, pull out the recipes and discard the book. Only display your favorite cookbooks. If you really can’t decide, get out your calendar and make a date with yourself to re-sort your cookbooks in 3-6 months. If you still haven’t used the book in that time, you’ll know what to do!
  2. Assess how you store your recipes. Is your system working, or do you have trouble finding what you need? If your system works, spend this week organizing any backlog of recipes you’ve accumulated and purging any recipes you dislike or know you’ll never make. If you need a new system, consider one of these ideas.
  3. Do you find yourself collecting cooking magazines that gather dust? Pull out the recipes you think you’ll make and put them in a binder. Still overwhelmed? Some magazines like Cooking Light, allow you to access all their recipes on-line. Most cooking magazines contain an index of all the recipes in the issue. If you can access the recipes on-line, simply pull out the index and highlight the recipes that interest you. Keep the index in your binder. As you try recipes, print out your favorites and file them in your binder.
  4. Tip: I keep a separate binder for recipes I want to try and a binder for my “Tried and True” recipes, those I’ve tried, enjoyed, and want to repeat.
  5. Create list of your favorite everyday meals. As you sort your recipes, make a list of your favorite menus. If the list is extensive, organize it by the type of main dish (poultry, beef, vegetarian, etc). This list will help you answer the dreaded question, “What’s for dinner?”. Each week, simply select the meals you want to make. Consider doubling meals and freezing them for future dinners. This system will save you time and money. And you won’t have to think so hard!

Not sure where to start? Set Me Free! offers hands-on help.

If you are motivated by this mission or have a great organizing idea that works for you, please leave a comment to inspire others!



Comment by Eileen Wylie

June 8, 2006 @ 7:36 pm

I like the idea of a book for “tried and true” separate from one for “gotta’ try it.” And I will weed – AGAIN!

Comment by Eileen Wylie - AGAIN

May 30, 2007 @ 7:12 pm

I had to laugh when I read my ’06 comment, because I just weeded my “tried and trues” again. I won’t live long enough to do my “gotta try its”, but they are in a binder and categorized and indexed. When I do one, I put a date and comment next to it. It helps when I revisit. I go through spells of wanting new stuff and then the old comforts, so it’s nice to have them easily found. Thanks.

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