The collection of desserts, appetizers, and main meal recipes you’ve gathered over the years from cookbooks, online, and of course, those secret formulas that have been passed down within the family are incredibly valuable. With it being difficult to keep track of and memorize every delicious dish from pain au chocolat to pumpkin pie, we need to keep our recipes and keep them safe. You may remember a time when you lost a specific recipe amongst the cookbooks and spices that dawn the kitchen shelves. And however much you try to remake it from memory, it’s never quite the same. This is why storing your prize recipes and organizing them safely is vital. Alas, should you ever lose all of your recipes to date, what would happen! To prevent needing to think about the unthinkable, consider the storage and organization techniques below.
Bring The Recipes Together
First and foremost, you should bring all of your recipes together in one space. From your butter pecan apple cake to beef and mushrooms on biscuits recipes. Whether on the dining table, at your desk or on the living room floor. Collecting all of your recipes will help you to see the magnitude of listed ingredients and cooking methods that needs organizing. This will assist in deciding what storage solution is best too.
Segment all of your cut-outs and cookbooks into categories. How you want to arrange them is entirely up to you. You may have a lot of recipes for creating bread, sauces, Italian food, low calories foods, and so forth. You may wish to segment by food type or the origin of the meal. It’s essential that whatever categories you choose, that it works for you so that when you need to cook, you can find what you need with ease.
Create More Than One Copy
If you notice some of your recipes on paper or in cookbooks are becoming worn or slathered with splashes from cooking, it’s time to replace them so that you don’t lose the method altogether. You can either handwrite or type on the PC and print these out. But do it fast, before it’s too late!
Create A Backup Option
Further to the suggestion above, to keep your recipes safe from being lost, stolen or accidentally destroyed, you may want to consider backing your recipes up in two forms. On paper and on an electronic device. This way if either one or the other is tampered with, you always have your backup recipes at the ready when you need them.
Rather than keeping your cookbooks and recipes in the kitchen on display. Why not put them on a shelf in the cupboard. This shall save them from being damaged, moved around or drawn on by little ones. Equally, if you keep recipes online, for example, preserved in a folder on your desktop, be sure to install anti-virus software. In doing so, a routine virus scan will help detect and destroy any potential cyber threats. Taking precautions for storing your recipes in this way shall prevent them from being damaged or stolen.
For those who can’t imagine life without whipping up new exciting cuisines and baking scrumptious cakes, their recipes are essential. Cooking is a great way to unwind but also to let your creative juices flow. And so, with the amount of value you put on your time spent cooking, it’s worth organizing and protecting each and every recipe you have.