A friend of mine gave me a lovely Starbucks ring-bound planner a couple of years ago but I didn’t get around to using it until recently. It’s an A5 size, quite well made and is rather heavy. Not something I’d want to lug around when I’m out and about, so I don’t intend on using it as my daily planner. I still wanted to do something with it though and was suddenly inspired to turn it into a recipe binder.
My recipe binder is split into seven main categories (mostly suited to my Asian style cooking);
- Pasta & Noodles
I don’t have all the sections filled yet and am still collecting and printing out recipes to add to it. The dividers were simple A-Z pre-punched dividers that I purchased from a local bookstore. I stuck tab stickers on them to separate the different sections. I know they look rather plain now but I will decorate when inspiration strikes. I was planning to make my own dividers but I couldn’t find suitable card paper.
I printed most of the recipes I could find online on pre-punched blank A5 sized paper that I got from a local bookstore. For recipes that cannot be found online and only exist in my precious cook books or magazines, I used a free printable template from vertex42.com. I typed the recipes onto the template and adjusted the layout size to fit A5.
Putting together a recipe binder can be a time consuming project because most of them require printing, typing and/or writing to some extent. So I tend to be selective about the recipes and will only add those that are tried and tested or something I really want to cook in the future.
I am looking forward to my collection of recipes growing. I have been using the recipe binder quite regularly in my kitchen and really like flipping through it every once in a while, even when I’m not cooking. Having the recipes listed down on paper in one place really helps with meal planning for the week. Rather than referring to my laptop, iPad or books separately, which can get confusing.
Do you use a recipe binder and if you do, what do you use? If you don’t have a recipe binder, do you plan on creating one? Please feel free to add your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.