I own only five cookbooks. And I honestly, could get rid of two of them! Those two have only one or two recipes each that I like to use. Which I'm sure that makes you wonder why I would get rid of them. IF I get rid of them, I would copy the recipe and store it online. I have been using Evernote for several years to store only my recipes. They are all online, not on my computer specifically, so I should never lose them in a computer crash or a house fire. It's not a perfect system, but I have less clutter in my cupboard and I always know where to look for the random recipes that used to be on a piece of paper.
|I own five cookbooks|
There is still a little maintenance involved in this system. If I receive a recipe by email, or tear one out of a magazine or newspaper, I need to take the time to type the recipe into the Evernote system. Do I always remember or get to it right away? No. I'm not perfect. I have not figured out a way to scan the recipe into Evernote yet, but that would be very helpful. The other good thing about having the recipes available on my computer is it takes just seconds to delete a recipe I never use or don't plan to make again. That means less clutter within my Evernote list of recipes. :)
The only disadvantage to having recipes online is that you have to bring your computer into the kitchen, which means you have to be careful about keeping ingredients off the computer! That is a challenge at times. So far I have not had any issue or concern about damaging my computer. If that happens at some point in the future, I may need to revise my system and start printing things out again! :)
How many cookbooks do you own? Do you store recipes online and what system do you use? Do you take time to declutter recipes you aren't using with some regularity?
I'm linking this post to A Bowl Full of Lemons today! If you are visiting from that site, stay awhile and see what other fun organizing projects I've been up to. I love comments, too.