How to create a great recipe folder

Family recipe folder

I don't know about you, but my storage of recipes was a bit of a mess. Somehow I have managed to collect several different folders and notebooks over the years.  I would come across a recipe in a magazine, tear it out and just shove it into the folder. So now the recipes literally fall out when I open the folder. A few of the recipes are in a bad way from becoming part of the cooking process.


It's time to sort this mess out, enough is enough! I decided to tidy this mess up. I wanted all the recipes in one place. It needed to be a way for me to have easy access and be usable...and it has to look nice ....always about the aesthetic.

So I thought I would share with you how I did this. I know that this would be helpful for those that do meal planning, check out my meal planning blog


So the first thing I had to do was to sort the mess that was the various folders and notebooks, and actually cull it.

I found it fairly easy to do  as I just got rid of the recipes that I never referred to or were far too complex.  Just don't have the time for long and complex recipes, it has to be quick,simple and tasty every time.

I also did the same with my Recipe book collection, we all have them. I was surprised how many I actually got rid of.  Some I didn't ever realise we had, never even used them. We just kept our favourites and gave the rest to the local hospice

I ended with a pile of recipes that now need a home in one big folder, but it had to be user friendly and kitchen friendly.

Choose the Folder

Hmmm flash or simple,

There all sorts of folders available for recipes in most stationery shops. However I find that they are not actually very user friendly and often require you to write out the recipe who has the time for that. My folder needed to be something that is easy for me to add to and change and use in the kitchen without too much problem. Oh and I must be able to personalise it...

I just sourced one that I have already had at home so did`t need to purchase anything else, it's good to "shop the home" first and recycle as much as possible. It's a simple white A4 folder.  Any stationery shop should have one, I think this was from Whitcoulls. It has a plastic cover so it's easy to clean off any cooking mess . This is the same folder I used for creating our home folder. If you want to see how I created this then check out my blog here.

I created a nice front cover for it to personalise it. This matches with our other folders which I like.

Recipe folder

To house the recipes I just used plastic sleeves, again I had these at home so was able to use them. You can also easily get these from your local Stationery shop

These sleeves are perfect for protecting the recipes and also create an easy way to add or remove recipes. I do like to rip some from magazines so this works really well for me.

And it's easy to keep clean too.


The next mission was to work out how I wanted to categorise or group my recipes for easy reference. I know that when I am looking for meals ideas and recipes I tend to look for types or by protein.  I looked at the recipes I had and they fell into these groups.

  • Soups and starters
  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Vegetarian
  • Sweet things
  • Sauces and stuff

I  created a title page for each group and placed a tab using Post-it tabs. I  labelled the tabs so they are easily seen.

Recipe folder tabs

For the finishing touch I placed my meal planning print out on the inside cover . This is really useful to have when meal planning. You can get this free printable from my meal planning blog here.

Recipe folder

The great thing about this folder is that I can easily change the recipes and groupings as our family tastes and meals change. Also it's easy to clean with a quick wipe down.

I hope this has been helpful and given you some ideas to create your own beautiful folder.

Happy Cooking!

Hugs and Smiles