Be Tough! No Clip Crazy
If you've followed this blog (all 10 of you) since day 1, you know I started the blog to "tough love" my cookbook collection. While I would love to say that's a success, honestly, it's an epic fail. However, the reason why is that I've shifted to cooking most (but not all) of my recipes from cooking magazines.
As I don't ever want to be featured on the tv show "Hoarders"
for holding onto cooking magazines for years, or let's face it, decades, I clip recipes from the magazine pretty soon after receipt. That said, I do tend to let those same recipes continually accumulate and I end up throwing out probably 50% of them a couple years later after I realize I won't try them. Oops!
For those of you that love "Extreme Couponing," a key them is organization! Organization will keep things from spiraling out of control and consuming your life. Ok, maybe it still becomes all consuming, but it's a more organized approach.
So, with that, here is the first in a series of cooking magazine recipe clipping rules and its implementation:
"Re-ClipR" (Recipe Clipping Rules) (c)
You may only clip as many recipes as you will realistically cook meals in one month.
|Fiskars Scissors - Great Clipping Option|
|Lippert International Recipe Box - Eco-friendly organizer|
Same for dinners or lunches. Never cook lunch? Then don't count that as a meal you'd clip a recipe for. If you cook 3 meals per day x 30 days, that's up to 90 recipes a month. Would I ever clip that many recipes? Most likely not, but I also don't cook 3 meals per day every day. Realistically, I cook 4 dinners per week and homemake about 2 - 3 lunches and maybe 1 - 2 breakfast recipes a week.
Multiply that x 4 weeks per month, and I can clip 16 dinners, 12 lunches, and 8 breakfast recipes.
Still quite a few recipes, but not the overwhelming amount that I will never conceivably make. Now, I stretch the rule a bit since I make multiple recipes in one meal (i.e. meat, starch, and vegetable at dinner, so I give myself leeway to clip 3 - 4 for one single meal (if I plan it out). Again, adjust the totals based on YOUR cooking habits. This is a guide, not a must, but it's a guide intended to help me "tough love" my recipes.
Starting in October, I will be keeping count of what I clip and categorize!
Future rules: special occasion meals, recipe rating systems, and storage/organization! Stay tuned....