Here’s this week’s practical tip ~ (Revisiting my organization archives)
Years ago I bought an amazing organization book called “Confessions of an Organized Homemaker“ by Deniece Schofield (ISBN 1-55870-361-6) where she recommends filing recipes on a Rolodex. I started mine too, way back in 2000.
Advantages of the Rolodex Recipe System ~
- Easy to file and organize
- Rolodex file is compact and doesn’t take up valuable counter top space
- Recipe is visible; just press open at the card you need
- When several people bake or cook at the same time, we each take our recipe card out and place it at our work station
- Add new recipe cards – quick and simple
- 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.
- The Rolodex holds stacks and stacks of recipes
- Keep blank cards in your handbag to jot new recipes when waiting or visiting friends
- In recent years I have added my Trim Healthy Mama and Low Carb recipes on yellow cards so that they stand out from my older, conventional recipes.
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!
- 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 abbreviated recipes.
- Some cards have become smudged – use a waterproof pen!
How did I file my recipes? I added colored stickers and labels to cards to separate the different groups.
- 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 & tarts
- R = Rice
- S = Salads, Sauces, Soups, Sweets
- T = Tuna
- V = Vegetables
- W = Washing soap, laundry soaps
Nowadays 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, but my Rolodex Recipe system serves me well and I don’t need to recharge it!
This system could work for other subjects too. What about using a Rolodex instead of an index box for Scripture Memorization?
Happy organizing! Blessings, Nadene