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Recipe Collections

Hello everybody.  I am not much of a thread starter but I got interested in something and was hoping to hear from some of you.  I am in between recipe collection methods.  I have many cookbooks, a recipe box and a recipe file.  I am in the process of transferring recipes into my computer.  I am finding that having recipes in a file in my computer makes them most accessible and easy to print, copy or share.  Just wondering how all of you manage the many recipes that come your way.  Also.. for Kevin... what does Lovina do?  Obviously, she doesn't use the computer.  I'm guessing she has hand written index cards of some type.  Does she have a particular way of storing/filing her recipes?   Thanks.  Smile

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Many years ago I put my recipes into a photo album...the kind with plastic/vinyl sleeves.  I grouped them the way you usually do and made tabs on the edges of the pages.  When the album was open, I could see 12 recipes at a time which made searching easy.  I could pull out the one I needed or just leave it in the sleeve while I used it.  It worked quite well for awhile but a couple of years ago I went back to the traditional box.  Not sure why.  And then there's my great-great Grandmother Helga who hid her recipe box in the outhouse.  Or so they saySmile

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Swisssweetie,

WHY would your great-great-grandmother hide her recipe box in the outhouse? 

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Well, family legend has it that Helga and her cousin were very competitive in their cooking and baking and were always threatening to steal each other's recipe collection.  So Helga stashed hers in the outhouse.  Naturally she made more trips out there than the average person but couldn't defend herself without revealing the hiding place of the recipes.  So she had to accept the nickname Lucy.  Supposedly true story handed down but possibly embellished along the waySmile

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I'd like to attend one of your family reunions.

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I collect cookbooks, the ones that interest me anyways, I have over a hundred and my recipe file box is a big one, it's 18 inches long!!!!!  I don't like to keep any on the computer, I have had a hard drive go up before and when it does you lose it all.....

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I have many recipe books, some were my grand-mothers(I am in my 60's and she died before I was born) some of them are my aunts, and some of my mom's.  I also have a Large 4x6 card file just about full of written recipes.  There are also a lot of pages from magazines in it and it makes for a mess trying to find one that I know is in the file box. I have taken to copy and past on a lot of recipes I find on the internet.  I had a bunch of them saved but when my computer went kaput a month or so ago,  I lost all of them.  I have started back saving them again with the copy paste, but have been backing it all up on a disk.  I can't replace the pictures I lost, so I have learned.

I love to collect them from magazines, newspapers, etc. but most of the time will go back to the tried and true instead of trying new ones.  Now after reading this post, I think I will make my next job to organize my file box and try to get some order in the box...after I get my taxes done that is Smile.  Karen

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I've got cookbooks and a recipe card box.  My mom passed away two years ago and my sister and I were just telling Dad the other day we want to go through her recipes.  He said he'd copy them down for us and at the same time we both replied "no, don't do that!"  We want them in mom's writing and we'll make a copy of whatever she wrote them on.  I was thinking I would make a "scrapbook" recipe book for my three nieces and my nephew...maybe making the recipe, taking a picture of it and giving it to them when I finish. 

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Terri,

Just before Christmas I received a box that contained 5 Homemade cookbooks that my aunt compiled... one for each female member of my family.  She did what you are thinking of doing and the book is priceless.  She put together her favorite recipes and many from my grandmother and others.  Most were photocopied so that all of the handwriting is preserved.  She also made hand written comments regarding the history of many or tips that she does when making something.  There are also some pictures of family members.  She must've had them copied and spiral bound at a copy shop.  It's a treasure.  Your nieces and nephew will be so grateful for your gift of love and time.  My sympathy to you regarding the loss of your mom.

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I agree with you,that that is priceless! When my grandma passed away I was helping my Dad and my Aunt go through her things. I was able to keep her recipe box. All of the recipes(there are many!) are in her handwriting. To me,that is also priceless!

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I've decided to scan the handwritten recipes that I have so that they can be saved in the computer.  That way I can have the convenience of the computer and the memory of the original.  Our computer has an automatic back up that guards against the threat of losing stuff.  Thanks to everyone for your posts.

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I'd like to organize mine as well.  Getting harder to find specific recipes when boxes are overstuffed with them.  Not all are on neat 4 X 6" line cards either.  Some old sheets of paper, some laminated, some torn or yellowed and really overflowing.  Feedback on programs is appreciated.  Easy to use that is.  You could always make a back up disk if your worried about losing on the computer.  Easier said than done, I know!  Still getting acclamated to the computer.  Seems it has a mind of its own at times.    I take it thread means you posted same thing twice???  Don't mind me, but I'm new to this and lost couple of times what I typed.  kept hitting the mouse when I just wanted to hit the letter keys.  Geeeez. 

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Seems that the threads are posting twice,I'm not sure why either. Anyways, I have alot of cookbooks,and three recipe boxes. I do print some from the computer as well. I probably won't put them all on the computer because #1,I don't know how,and #2,I'd be afraid of losing them. That, however, is just the way I am. I enjoy looking at a book. I keep my most used cookbooks on a shelf in the dining area. That's where the recipe boxes are too. My other cookbooks are on another shelf in the pantry. I can usually remember where a recipe is,but not always. It's kind of a goofy system..but it works for me!

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Sorry I posted this twice.  Not sure how that happened but I am a thread starter novice.  Thanks for your patience.