Okay, I get it. It’s hard to find any free time. But if you do have some “extra” time, this is when I add some edit and refresh my recipe collection in Evernote.
Here are some of the tasks I do:
- Double-check my tags (I do make mistakes); update, add/or remove tags
- Search for recipes that I haven’t yet tried. I add these to a list (or mark them with a tag “try soon”). That way I remember to put them into our meal rotation.
- If there was a recipe that we tried, but wasn’t a home run, I either tag it as “no go” (if I think there’s hope to try it again another time) or I completely delete it.
- Review all my recipes and see where I have “holes” in my database. Let’s say I have a ton of chicken recipes, but only one beef. I would try to do a search for new beef recipes to help balance it out. Or maybe I don’t have enough “sides” as opposed to entrees. Whatever the case, I can go to some of my favorite recipe sites and can target those recipes I need (not just blindly searching). I then “patch up” the holes in my recipe database so I have a balance.
I usually do my review in the summer to ensure that I’m all set for the start of the school year (when I have less time). It’s also nice to add some new recipes and “refresh” the database and our recipe rotation for the beginning of school.
Schedule a little time now to save yourself some headaches later.
Want helping organizing your recipes and creating a customized database? Get on our VIP list for early notification and early-bird pricing! Join the VIP list!