I have a favorite recipe web site, allrecipes.com, which I get daily recipes emailed to me. If I want to try the recipe, I print it out. I have a small pile of untried recipes in my kitchen. Each week when I am planning my grocery list, I pull out the printed recipes and pick one or two to try. If the recipe sits in the pile too long, without being tried, it means that I probably never will use it, so I toss it out.
For dishes that make it to the dinner table, the family votes on whether the dish is a keeper or not. If not, the recipe print-out goes in the trash. If it’s a keeper, it earns the right to make it into my recipe box. I cherish my recipe box, (it was my late mother-in-laws) and it holds only my favorite recipes. I feel that in a small way, I honor her and what a good cook she was, by using her box for just what she would want.
For the recipes that get thrown out, it’s OK. With the Internet today, if you need to find it again, it’s almost always possible.