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keeping track of recipes 
 
Aug. 14, 2010 8:48 pm 
Updated: Aug. 28, 2010 1:27 pm
Hello again,
I have noticed something...that some people have over a thousand recipes.  Wow!  How do you keep track of them all...what do you do with them all?  I'm fairly new to this site, and only have under 200 recipes, but I can't imagine a few thousand.  How do you all use this web site?  I have been perusing or browsing through recipes as I sit and relax at the end of the day, finding recipes I would like to eventually make and often do over the next week or two. 
 
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Mrs. C 
Aug. 14, 2010 8:56 pm
There is SOME way to put the recipes into catagories, but I have not figured it out. I, too, would LOVE some help organizing before I get too many! Thanks for asking the question, bountiful-life!
 
Aug. 14, 2010 9:50 pm
Hi BountiFul-Life, In your recipe box, on the left side, of it, there are the files. Up at the top, you can click edit files or add files and click on that tab. It opens and then you can create new files,either in their own category or sub categories of pre existing files.
 
Aug. 14, 2010 9:54 pm
I hit the post button too fast. LOL I have files for beef,pork, ribs snacks,adult drinks,faceless recipes. I just made a new one for my 5 star recipes. I have over 100 5 star recipes. You can name the files any thing you need them to be.Then when you want to add a new recipe when you click on the add it to your file, it will pull all of your files down and you can add them right then and there. Hope this helps and not more confussing for you. Take care and have a wondeful Weekend!
 
Aug. 15, 2010 10:41 am
I've done what Patty Cakes has. So helpful when I know what I have on hand but don't know what I want to cook. Also, you can put a recipe in more than one category, like I have some in my chicken category also in my slow cooker category.
 
Mrs. C 
Aug. 15, 2010 2:17 pm
I hope this is helping you, bountiful life, cuz I am still having trouble getting existing recipes into the files. Thanks for the pointers, Partty Cakes and daddyslilprincess!
 
Mrs. C 
Aug. 15, 2010 2:36 pm
Me. again. My son helped me figure it out. My computer OS was not showing me "tools" under each recipe title. Now I figured it out. bountiful-life, this is SO COOL!
 
Aug. 15, 2010 3:24 pm
Oh good Mrs. C. I am one with somewhere in the neighborhood of 1300 recipes, give or take 50. It took me awhile to get them all into their catagories and own files but I have about 30 different files. At the top left hand side, anything that isn't in a specific file is in your "uncatagorized" file. That is where you should go to do your sorting rather than the main page. All of those recipes listed on the main page will be there always. Think of that as your index to your recipe book. The files are your chapters. If you decide to delete something from the main page, it will also delete in all of your files. However, if you decided to delete something from your specific file, it won't remove it from your box completely. Does that make sense? As you start the filing process, your numbers in the the uncategorized should come down that's when you know everything will have a home. And then do as Patty says and start saving to specific files, its a huge time saver. If I want to make something with chicken say, I can go directly to that folder and search all of my recipes that have chicken instead of blindly searching. You'll get used to it and soon you too will have over 1000.
 
Aug. 16, 2010 5:36 am
LIke most people on here, I too have a crazy amount of recipes stored in my box. From day 1, I created my own folders so it was easy to find everything. So glad that I did that, it would have been a huge job to try and sort out all my many recipes now. A lot of the recipes I have made but most are on my to do list!!! Hopefully I will get around to them some day. If I make a recipe and I don't like it, then it gets removed from my box straight away. Pointless keeping something I know I will never use again...
 
Mrs. C 
Aug. 28, 2010 1:27 pm
I came back to see if there were any more posts, and make certain I caught alllll the helpful hints. Great comments helped me a lot, and I am proud to report everything is filed in major folders, and now I have a little time to start the sub-folders. Thanks, Bountiful-life! Thanks, every one!
 
 
 
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