I have found something that works for me and I'd like to share it with you: manage your recipes, simply!
I need a recipe for almost everything I make; I have very few recipes memorized and even those I usually double check to make sure I haven't forgotten something because with little people around I often get interrupted and can easily forget where I am in a recipe or what I've added.
So for recipes that I make often (like weekly), I write down the basics on a piece of paper and tape it inside my cupboard door. That way it is always easy to look at double check, without having to get out the cookbook.
Speaking of cookbooks...I keep two. My Better Homes and Gardens one I love because it has basic recipes for pretty much everything...how to roast a turkey, how to hard boil and egg, a few basic frostings and cakes. Yep, when I need a basic recipe, it is my go-to. It also has some handy charts that I refer to often...how much rice/millet/barley to how much water, and what to sub for what if I'm out of something, how to cook any veggie, how to can/freeze/preserve fruit and how long to process it in the canner.
My other cookbook is one I have made. It only contains recipes that I love and that I reuse. A new recipe does not get permanently put into this cookbook until it has proven itself in our daily life. I made this cookbook out of a photo album for 4x6 pictures and 4x6 note cards...super easy and super cheap. When I find a new recipe that I want to try, I write it on a sticky note, then I make the recipe and if it is one that we like, the sticky note goes in to my cookbook. After I have made the recipe a few times and we still like it, then it gets written on a note card and permanently placed in my cookbook. I really love knowing that I have a cookbook full of recipes I love and I don't have to wonder if it will work or if we will like it.
My final recipe tip is useful for herbal remedies, bath and body care item and the like...stuff that you remake occasionally and requires special ingredients that you don't usually use in your kitchen. I use this method for my herbal vitamin and for elderberry syrup. Just write the recipe on a piece of paper and tape it to a container that holds all the herbs/supplies. Always ready when you need it!
That is how I manage my recipes and keep my mind and my kitchen free of recipe clutter!
What do you do to manage your recipes...any new ideas for me?
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