Organising: Family Favourite Recipe Binder

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

In yesterday’s post HERE we discussed how to organise the recipes you are wanting to try that you have found from food magazines.  Today’s post will be how to organise the recipes that you have tried, loved and want to keep.  Let’s create a family favourite Recipe Binder.


  • display binder, or ring binder folder
  • Plastic sleeves, to prevent food from damaging your recipe
  • Dividers or labels to categorize each section

A lovely friend gave me a cute folder named ‘My Recipes’ (below) for my birthday last year which stores my favourite recipes.  I love it, it’s cute and also great to have all my recipes in one handy place. 

When I have filled this folder I will move my recipes to a ring binder folder and place my kids favourite recipes to cook in this folder. 

You can use something similar like this gorgeous Recipe Organiser from Officeworks or Recipe Binder from Kikki.k.



1. Label Dividers

At the moment I have kept my dividers quite simple: Baking, Dinner, Slow Cooker.

Other suggested divider categories could be: 

    • Muffins
    • Slices
    • Cookies
    • Cakes
    • Dessert
    • Beef
    • Chicken
    • Fish
    • Lamb
    • Pasta
    • BBQ
    • Soup
    • Easy Dinner
    • Salads
    • Entertaining
    • Lunchbox
    • Easter
    • Christmas



2. Place favourite recipes in folder

If you have time, type the recipe from the page, document at the bottom the source, eg: or super food ideas Aug 2010 issue and place in your folder.  (I’m a bit obsessed with this, I like that all my recipes look the same.)  Or if you don’t have the time, place the page in the folder or cut the recipe and paste onto a piece of A4 paper.

Recently I have started changing the format of my recipes, creating an easy printable page which you can print and add to your recipe binder. I will still include links to recipe used from and other great sites, however these won’t be available in a printable page.

PLEASE REMEMBER:  DO NOT PLACE RECIPES IN THIS FOLDER IF YOU HAVEN’T TRIED YET!!!  It will defeat the purpose of this folder being recipes that you will love to cook time and time again.  If you fill it with recipes you haven’t tried your favourites will get lost amongst the ‘others’.

 Here are a few of the recipes I have ready for your ‘My Recipe’ folder:

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Anonymous November 1, 2011 - 9:44 AM

Once again,an excellent idea.
Thanks for sharing 🙂

Julie July 6, 2012 - 8:15 AM

I am having trouble finding the items you have listed for Officeworks & Kikki K – is there any chance you would know of any other links that might have something I can look at?

Katrina July 6, 2012 - 9:22 PM

Jules I’m sorry they must of deleted the items I had linked to from their stock, but I have seen that they have new versions. Kikki.k always have a great range.

Maryanne Greenhill September 10, 2012 - 4:33 PM

Will try these on meal planner. thanks.

Rachel October 11, 2012 - 7:07 PM

Hey, you mention in this post that you created a printable page that you can just write recipes on, you haven’t posted that anywhere have you. I’m looking to cull some of my recipe magazines, but I’m not a huge fan of random ripped pages in plastic pockets. Cheers Rachel

Darlene Baines February 9, 2014 - 1:51 PM

Try the Cookery book store at Northbridge (Sydney) for folders or binders.
Cheers Darlene


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