Best Recipe Organizer


Are you like me and you love finding recipes online? Facebook or Pinterest? But then what – you have a pile of printed recipes shoved in a cupboard. Or are you keeping an entire recipe book for that one recipe that you love?

Want a Better Way?

I have said yes to all of these but now I have what I think is the best recipe organizer. It is very simple to make and budget friendly. All you need is a photo album, dividers, and a recipe template. You can also use a 3 ring binder and buy some 3 hole photo album sheets. Either way, easy and inexpensive.

Template for Recipes

I first print the recipe out. (If the recipe is from a recipe book or your own mind, you can skip this step). Then I type the recipe into my template that fits the photo album sheet size. They are sized to fit 4×6 inch photo album page. Depending on how long your recipe is, you may have to change the font size or use two 4×6 sheets. I have two per page on my template and then I cut them out and slip them into photo slot.

Here is a sample of my recipe template.

How Do I Organize?

Once your recipes are printed and ready, you are going to want to organize them. That was the reason you started reading this post, right? Personally, I use a 3 ring binder so I bought some 3 hole dividers to organize my recipes. My recipe book broken down into quite a few sections but you can have as little or as many as you would like.

Here is a list of my sections:

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Seafood
  • Other Meats
  • Sides
  • Breakfast
  • Pasta
  • Sauces
  • Desserts
  • Appetizers
  • Bread
  • Soup
  • Salad

Again, you can use these as a starting block for whatever categories suit your recipes.


I don’t know if you are like me but I’m not always the cleanest cook. The other day I splashed spaghetti sauce over my recipe. One of the biggest advantages of using photo album sheets is that they are plastic.  All I needed to do was grab a paper towel and wipe it off the recipe and it was clean again. A great advantage over paper or a recipe book.

Trouble finding a recipe? Another advantage is that you only have the recipes that you actually want. No more scouring through pages trying to find a recipe you want to cook.

Finally, you are able to sort and organize your recipes any way you want. If you want to sort by food or by meal, the choice is up to you.

Get Cooking!

Now that your recipes are organized and you are able to see the recipes you want to cook, I hope you will find it easier to plan and make meals. It’s amazing how being organized can help in other areas of life!

I would love to hear if this recipe organization works for you! Or how do you sort your recipes?

2 thoughts on “Best Recipe Organizer”

  1. These are great tips on how to organize recipes. I usually cook without recipes and that means that every time I prepare the same meal it tastes differently. When I want to try something new, I instantly check the internet and rarely save the recipe. So, if I want to prepare a particular meal that I really liked before, it would be great to follow your tips and make recipe organizer so I can have a recipe when I need it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I’m glad to hear that my post may help you. The recipe organizer was a definite need for me because I am a step-by-step recipe follower – I don’t have the imagination to make a recipe just out of my head!

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