I received a question recently about how I store my recipes. Frankly, I feel unqualified to answer this question. Not because I don't know how my recipes are stored - but because I am sure that lots of you have more efficient ways of doing this. So, I am sharing this only because it is what works for me and maybe it will spur an idea in someone else that may really work for them.
I have a small shelf on my counter that holds all the cookbooks I use:
Two of these cookbooks have slots or rings that allow me to store my own recipes neatly. The paper recipes shown near the right are mostly new ones I've torn from magazines or printed off the computer that I'd like to try. Once I try them and decide they are worth keeping - I file them in my recipe box:
All these recipes are sorted by category and I do clean it out every few months to allow room for ones I'd like to keep and to purge ones that I have decided aren't keepers.
I used to have lots more cookbooks - but simply had to get rid of most of them. I do have a few in a cabinet nearby that won't fit on my counter because they are a funny size or I don't use them as often. For cookbooks you want to pass along, you can photocopy or write down any favorite recipes to keep. You will be storing only the ones you use and want instead of the entire book.
How do all of the rest of you store recipes? I'd love to hear your ideas.