10 Ways to Organize Recipes

Recipes Organizers for Every Type of Home Cook

How you organize recipes is actually pretty personal and will be quite varied from cook-to-cook. It all depends on how you work in the kitchen, how often you cook, and how improvisational you are.  And, of course, how large your recipe collection is. That's why I've selected 10 recipe organizers. 

Recipe organizers are a must-have in any kitchen. The ability to group and corral recipes into one spot will cut down on paper clutter in the kitchen, and help with grocery shopping and meal...MORE planning. Here are my picks for the best recipe organizers, from my own DIY system, to a fancy food journal. 

  • 01 of 09

    These boxes can be stacked or tucked into a small space near your kitchen work station, and I would label each one by grouping of recipes: main, side, dessert, or by main ingredient: beef, pork, dairy, etc.


  • 02 of 09

    This box is so cute it can be displayed on the counter top and the size is perfect for a shower gift.


  • 03 of 09

    Rather than re-write each recipe on an index or mini card, I decided to create a traditional-sized file box when I offered to organize my mom's recipe collection for her right before Thanksgiving. Here's what I did:

    1. I grouped her recipes (which were clipped from newspapers and magazines, gifted on notecards, or scrawled in her own writing on notebook paper)
    2. I created a file for each group: beef, grains, vegetables, desserts (I further broke down dessert by 'chocolate' and 'non...MORE chocolate', cookies, and cakes and pies), and gave each group it's own hanging file folder and labeled each one.
    3. I then hung the folders alphabetically in a clear plastic file box.
    4. I stored the box under a desk in the kitchen for easy access.


  • 04 of 09

    Why keep cocktail recipes around when you can use this two-fer: mix cocktails and use the recipe guidelines on the side. A great wedding, shower or housewarming gift.


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  • 05 of 09

    This one requires re-writing recipes into a journal--which can get a little bit fussy--but I do like the idea of keeping a food journal on your counter top.


  • 06 of 09

     Recipe Organizer - Whether you tear a recipe from a magazine or make a copy of your grandmother's famous apple pie recipe, you can collect and organize easily in this recipe organizer.


  • 07 of 09

    Plastic recipe card protectors and clear sheets make this binder a recipe solution for dinner.


  • 08 of 09

    For a country or wanna-be-country kitchen.


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  • 09 of 09

    Preserve your favorite recipes with this classy and classic leather recipe binder.