June 2007 Newsletter
This month's focus: Organizing the Kitchen
Tip of the Month: 3 Steps to Organizing the Recipes
People who love to cook can wind up with lots of recipes - which are only useful if you can find them!
Step 1: Before organizing the recipes, first decide if you really want to keep all of them. Some questions to ponder:
Step 2: Once you've decided which recipes are worth saving, you're ready to organize them. Usually this will involve categorizing them:
If your recipe collection is small, you could just use sections like Daily Favorites, Special Occasions, and To Be Tried. And if a totally different set of categories works for you, go for it!
Step 3: Finally, pick the storage mechanism that's best for you.
1. Put them in a binder (or series of binders).
For most people, a regular 3-ring binder (with sheet protectors and tab dividers) or an Itoya Profolio will work just fine, but there are also specialized products available:
2. Put them in an accordian file.
This might be the easiest option for putting recipes away - but it's not as easy as a binder for reviewing them when you go to cook. You can get a basic accordian file at any office supplies store - and again, of course there are other options, such as:
3. Put them in a recipe box (or series of recipes boxes).
Using an index card box does not mean you need to re-write the recipes onto cards! This is the option I use, and recipes I've clipped and saved just get folded up and put into the proper section. I've used a simple acrylic index card box (for 4 x 6 cards) that I got at the drugstore, but there are lots of options, including:
4. Store them on the computer.
There are so many computer recipe management options here that I can't begin to list them - especially since I have no personal experience here. But this can be a great option, since computer storage lets you do things, like searching by ingredients,that can't be done easily with paper.
Quote of the Month
My fearless sister-in-law Deirdre, who has launched what she calls a scorched closet campaign to rid her home of excess stuff, has discovered that she and my brother own no fewer than seven woven cotton blankets in varying shades of green. That, and enough Tupperware for all the leftovers in Connecticut.
--MP Dunleavey, MSN Money
List of the Month: 10 Small Kitchen Appliances You Don't Need
Associated Content has an interesting list, which includes::
The Popcorn Maker: With 20-odd brands of microwave popcorn and even stove-top Jiffy Pop (which IS still available), do you really need a whole additional appliance for an occasional snack food?
The Iced Tea Machine: Tea is one of the easiest things in the world to make. You take some teabags and add them to a pitcher (which you probably already have) with hot water and let the mixture steep for a period of time before you remove the bags and refrigerate the tea. What about that process is so complicated that it requires a machine?
You may not agree with all of the author's choices, but it's another reminder to carefully evaluate what appliances deserve room in your kitchen.
Donation/Recycling Idea of the Month (U.S. residents)
When you de-clutter your kitchen, you may find food products you don't want: that item that sounded so good but no one in your family likes, for example - the one you now have 10 cans of, just taking up space. Your local Second Harvest Food Bank would be one good place to donate it.
Highlights From the Blog in May
There were 27 entries in my organizing and de-cluttering blog in May. Some of the entries were:
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