How Do You Keep Your Recipes?

I have a favorite recipe web site,, 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.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Janet Barclay on October 5, 2017 at 8:27 am

    It sounds like you’re very disciplined! No matter what system I use, I always end up with a bunch of recipes that I’m probably never going to make.

    • Janet Schiesl on October 5, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Yes, I am disciplined but mostly because I like cooking new things and if I don’t plan ahead I never have the ingredients I need for a new recipe. I still end up with recipes I never make.

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