Practical Tip of the week ~
Here’s the most revolutionary organization tip from
Deniece Schofield recommends a good filing system to clip and save recipes. Her tried and tested recipes are filed on her labelled Rolodex file. I started mine too, way back in 2000.
It works because ~
- Easy to file
- Rolodex file is compact and doesn’t take up valuable counter top space
- Recipe is visible; just press open at the card you need
- Add new cards – quick and simple
- Keep blank cards in your handbag to jot new recipes when waiting or visiting
- New recipes are put up on the fridge. If you haven’t cooked or baked it in 10 days – toss it out! A great motivator! If it works – simply file it.
- Delegate – I can give each child her recipe card and we can all go for it!
My A,B,C filing system is ~
- A = conversions & substitutes
- B = Biscuits, Breads, Baking ~ Crumpets, Dumplings, Muffins, Rusks, Scones
- C = Cakes
- D = Desserts, Dairy
- E = Egg dishes
- F = Fish
- H = Herbs
- J = Juicing, Jams, Jewish cooking
- L = Lunches
- M = Meat ~ Chicken, Lamb, Mince, Meat casseroles,
- O = Other ~ play dough, salt dough, bath salts, bubbles, homemade soaps, dog food etc.
- P = Pasta, Pastry, Pancakes, Pies
- Q = Quiche
- R = Rice
- S = Salads, Sauces, Soups, Sweets
- T = Tuna
- V = Vegetables
- W = Washing soap, laundry soaps
Some negatives ~
- It seems a schlep to rewrite recipes, but I sat for a few hours each evening many years ago and wrote out my favorite recipes. Now I sit with my blank cards when I read a new cookbook, and quickly jot down the new recipe and give it a try!
- I admit that because the cards are small, I abbreviate the recipe, especially the method. This was fine until my younger kids started to cook and bake. I simply rewrote some cards, and with experience and one-on-one training they master the recipes.
- Some cards have become smudged – use a waterproof pen!
When we traveled for 18 months, and my Rolodex went into storage, I photocopied about 10 ‘very important’ recipes onto 1 page and kept it in my Filofax.
Now, everything is online, electronic, super-technical, Internet-based. Many moms swear by their Kindles and iPad for their recipes. There are also amazing websites for menu planning and online recipe storage. What are your favorites?
For now, my old system serves me well … and I don’t need to recharge it!
“Confessions of an Organized Homemaker” is written by Deniece Schofield (ISBN 1-55870-361-6)
What works for you? Share with us in the comments.