Learn how to make a recipe binder to keep your favorite recipes in one place!
Last year, I realized I had recipes torn from magazines, favorite recipes pinned on Pinterest, and random recipe cards, and the system was not working. When I would sit down to meal plan, it would be stressful as I could not remember where certain recipes were.
Whenever something is not working well, I know it is time to create a new system. This led me to put together a recipe binder. Trust me- You are going to want to make one for yourself.
How to Make a Recipe Binder
Before I get into the how let’s be clear about what this is for. This binder is for the recipes that you love! You are not going to put recipes in here that you have not tried.
Gather your supplies
Set up the binder.
You get to decide what sections your binder has. You may want to be more detailed or you may keep it simple. The key is that you set it up to work for you.
My binder consists of these sections: appetizers, breakfast, sides, soups, main dishes, Mexican, Italian, and desserts.
You can use the free printables to help create dividers. I like having page protectors in my recipe book to help protect the recipes from spills as you cook.
Gather your favorite recipes.
Now you get to gather all of your favorite recipes. I printed off the recipes that I knew we loved so I could put them in the binder. Doing this has saved me so much time! Plus, as I meal plan, I can flip through the binder and get dinner ideas.
If you want everything to look the same, you can write out all of the recipes on the printable recipe cards or you could type them all.
I am not worried about everything looking the same so mine has a mixture of printed recipes, handwritten, and magazine recipes.
What about new recipes?
When I am getting ready to try a new recipe, I try to print it so I can add any notes to it. If we love it, I put it in the binder. If it is not a favorite, I toss it.
Typically, I put recipes I want to try in the front pocket of the binder. Then when I meal plan, I can pull one of these out to add to our rotation.
Ready to get started on making a recipe binder?
Grab the free printables and have fun creating one!