Do you love to cook? If so, you may have been looking for a way to organize your favorite recipes into one easy-to-use book. This blog post will help you do that! This post is all about how to compile your beloved recipes through the help of recipe book free printables.
From downloadable and editable divider tabs to recipe cards and templates, these printables will make it easier than ever for you to create a beautiful, cohesive binder full of your delicious dishes.
Creating a Recipe Binder
If you love to cook, chances are high that you have lots of recipes accumulated from cookbooks, magazines, blogs, websites, and family recipe pages passed down to you. It can be hard to keep all of those recipes organized.
But it’s not impossible!
One of my favorite ways to organize recipes is to create a blank recipe book (or several, depending on how many recipes you have!) and compile my favorite special recipes into one big recipe binder.
Why should I make my own recipe book?
Making a recipe book or recipe binder is a great idea because it’s a way to compile all your favorite recipes in one place. It makes for easy referencing when you need to find a specific recipe quickly and keeps your kitchen organized!
You won’t have to sift through tons of different cookbooks or boxes of recipe cards to find that one specific recipe you want. Instead, you have one big DIY recipe book full of all your favorite family recipes, organized in categories like main dishes, side dishes, desserts, and more, and protected by page protectors so you don’t have to worry about food ruining the recipes.
Plus, if you use free printables, it can be a fun and creative project that will save you money as well.
What do I need to create my own recipe binder?
Creating a recipe book is not hard, but it is time-consuming.
To make a recipe binder, you’ll need a binder of some sort to start. Then you should decide if you want full-length recipe pages or if you’d rather write the recipes on small recipe cards. Either way, you should also get plastic sleeves or sheet protectors to cover each recipe page.
You might also want a binder that comes with a clear pocket in the front. This can be helpful because you can use it to store new recipes you get from a magazine or print out from the internet until you transfer them to your black pages in your binder.
There are lots of different recipe binder printables available, so when you’re putting together your blank recipe book, choose free printable pages that are customizable and offer a cohesive look for the entire recipe book.
Here are the different kinds of free printable pages you’ll need when making a recipe book.
Finding Recipe Book Printables
Not everyone who offers free printable DIY recipe book pages will offer all of the different category pages and printouts you need. So make sure you know what pages you want to add to your recipe binder as you create it so you find all the printables you’ll need!
A cover page is an important part of a recipe binder because it helps you to easily identify the book.
You can always make your own, but if you can find a free printable version that matches the rest of the pages in your recipe binder, then it will make the entire binder look more put together.
You’ll need divider tabs so you can separate each category of recipes in your binder. You can find these either pre-made or customizable, depending on what kind of look and feel you want for your recipe book!
The category pages are more or less the same as the divider tabs, but you want a category page for each section to distinguish it from the other sections.
Find a free printable category page for each of the following:
- A main dish section
- A side dish section
- A baking section
- A dessert section
Within those sections, you might want to break them down further. For example, you could just have one big section for your main dishes, but you could also categorize them into soups, pasta, meat dishes, etc.
You could also make a section for just family favorites or a section for instant pot recipes. For your baking section, you could make it just for bread recipes and include your other baking recipes (like cakes and cupcakes) in the desserts section.
Organize your recipes in a way that makes sense for you and your family members. After all, your recipe binder is for personal use! So organize main dishes and desserts and other categories however you see fit. Just make sure you’ll know where the recipes are located since the point of a recipe binder is to have easy access to all of your recipes.
Editable Recipe Cards or Customizable Recipe Template
The recipe pages are the pages where you’ll actually write out your recipes. You can either print out blank recipe cards or full-length recipe pages depending on what kind of look and feel you want for your binder.
Make sure the printable pages you find can be edited before you print them. You can definitely hand-write the recipes on blank pages, but I like being able to type out the recipes before I print them because then it’s easier for the whole family to read. Plus, you can edit the font size so it’s easy to see while cooking.
Meal Plan Page
You can also find a printable page or two that have special categories, like a meal plan page.
If you don’t want to print out a new page each week, you can put it in a sheet protector and write directly on the protector with dry-erase marker. Then you can easily erase and adjust your plan each week.
A few final suggestions…
I suggest that you print out your recipes on white cardstock. While your recipes will be in sheet protectors, the sheet protectors won’t really protect your recipes from getting bent. If you print each recipe on cardstock, your cookbook pages are likely to last longer.
Another suggestion is to make sure your binder has reinforced edges. Reinforced edges will help protect the pages in your recipe binder from getting bent and torn.
Keep Family Recipes in Your Recipe Binder
Once you get the hang of it, you can also print out extras of your favorite family recipes and create a recipe binder for a friend or family member. Custom recipe books are a great gift for a loved one!
If you have young kids, take note of their favorite recipes and then make them a recipe binder when they grow up and move out or for an occasion like a bridal shower. Then they have a recipe book full of their favorite recipes and dishes! It’s like their very own family cookbook. You can also include blank recipe pages so they can continue to add new recipes alongside the old recipes.
A recipe book is a great tool for cooking!
Creating a recipe book full of your favorite recipes is a great way to have all your recipes in one place. Plus, it can help you plan meals more easily and quickly find the recipe you need when the time comes.
Building a simple recipe binder might seem tedious, but it’s worth it in the end! It makes it easier to plan meals when you can easily flip through your binder and immediately see all of your family favorites. While it might take time now, it’ll save time in the long run. You’ll definitely be glad you did it.
Organize your favorite family recipes into a wonderful family cookbook your whole family can enjoy for years to come!