{Guest Post} Pam’s Pantry

Guest post for everyone today!  Pam Sultzman from Pam’s Pantry!

I met Pam for coffee a few weeks ago, and we gabbed for hours!  She helps people organize their recipes {which I love}, as well as runs a virtual assistant business!  She is sharing tips on how to organize your recipes! 🙂 Thanks Pam!

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Organize Recipes Once & For All

For many cooks, “recipe collection” is defined as a pile of cookbooks, magazines, yellowed news clippings, computer printouts and spattered note cards that requires patient sifting when looking for that recipe you know you have somewhere.

I came into my new career in a way that is familiar to many these days: I was laid off in 2004.  I had some time on my hands, so I took control of my own recipe collection.  After weeks of sorting the recipes by categories, typing, printing and laminating them to keep them clean, I was ready to put them in my new recipe box. I loved it, so I thought others might as well!!

I enjoy helping others so I started doing it for other people, charging $1 a recipe.  I also put together recipe books for families, often including personal pictures and stories, and fundraisers for schools, churches and organizations.  I especially like doing heirloom recipes because it is so important to carry on your family traditions.  My clients hand me their collections, usually in a shoe box, and I take it from there.

Tips for the Do It Yourselfers:

  • Gather all of your recipes in one place.
  • Divide the recipes into categories that make sense to you and your family.
    • The more detailed you are, the easier it will be to find a recipe.
    • Make a category for family favorites; recipes to try; family heirloom recipes and handy hints and cooking tips.
    • Throw out any recipes that are incomplete or illegible.
    • Purge the recipes you think you’ll never cook. Be honest with yourself. (♥ this suggestion!)
  • Go through your cookbooks.
    • If you only cook a few recipes from a book, save only those recipes and donate the book.
  • Organize the cookbooks you are keeping.
    • Arrange them by title or author.
  • When you try new recipes, mark the book with notes that will help you find it in the future.
    • A recipe journal works well for tracking these recipes, or take a card and fill out the recipe name plus the cookbook and page number where it can be found.
    • File the card as you normally would in your collection of recipes.
    • You no longer need to search through or remember which book had a certain recipe, just look it up in your recipe card system.

Tips on controlling that overwhelmed feeling:

  • If you are having trouble getting motivated – consider getting a pal to help you.
  • Start small – just do a little bit at a time.
    • Don’t feel you have to do the job all at one time, it should be an ongoing process.
  • Don’t get distracted – following through is important to keep on top of the situation.
  • Pick it up only once – find a place for it.

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Pam is a vendor at numerous craft shows where she sells recipe boxes, small kitchen utensils and dip mixes.  She also does home parties.  If you would like more information on how she could help you, please visit her website or send her an email.

Pam Sultzman
Pam’s Pantry
Let Me Organize Your Recipe Collection Today!
704-549-4863

www.pams-pantry.com

www.facebook.com/Pams-Pantry

What is your favorite way to organize recipes? 🙂

Until next time…

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