August 17, 2009
I decided to try using Microsoft Access database. I had used a more simple database before, and since I had Access on my computer, I decided to use it. I have to admit, it wasn’t easy to learn, and I only learned what was necessary to accomplish what I wanted. In the end, though, I was happy with the results.
1. I created a form in Access that I use to enter new recipes. It allows me to create categories and subcategories that I use for sorting the recipes. I have drop down options for several things such as the categories and oven temperature.
2. I created a report which is used for printing the recipes. I opted to print them on half a page so I could print two per 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.
3. I bought two binders at an office supply store that hold 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 sheets of paper. One binder holds only dessert recipes, the other holds all remaining recipes which are divided with tab pages.
4. I used the database to create a table of contents for each book. It is particularly helpful when I want to look over my recipes and decide what to make for dinner, or dessert.
I’ve used this system for several years now and I’m very happy with it. Periodically, I type up new recipes that I’ve created or found on the Internet. I included a place on my form for recipe source so I can remember where recipes came from.
If you’re looking for a way to organize recipes, this is a great one. The drawback is learning to use the database. If you don’t know how already, see if you can find a friend who does or get a book from the library. I’ve already forgotten much of what I learned when I set it up.
How do you store your recipes?
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