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Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« on: January 01, 2018, 12:12:01 PM »
My husband and I are downsizing and getting ready to put our home up for sale in March in anticipation of full-time rv'ing.  I have a LOT of recipes I'd like to take in our fifth wheel with us.  I've thought of digitalizing them but I really like having a paper recipe in front of me.  Any suggestions for good ways to store them in an organized fashion other than a recipe box (It'd take quite a few).  I MAY have to bite the bullet and take pictures of them all.  Then how would I store them, in WORD?  I'm 67 and not great at tech things.  I appreciate any and all help you can give me.  Thanking you in advance.  Ellen

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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2018, 12:39:51 PM »
Digitize, and print a copy when needed. Throw it away when you finish it.

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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2018, 01:26:13 PM »
Digitize, and print a copy when needed. Throw it away when you finish it.
Joel

Most of the recipies I have are already Digital when I get 'em. but even when it is from a cookbook (And I have a few) If it is one I want to make over again I will type it in myself or scan it, depending, and store it. print and toss as GHO does.

Also when I do a Pot Luck I will often print multiple copies and one extra just of the ingredents

The Ingreadents gets taped to the dish so people with allergies know what is in it.
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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2018, 01:43:42 PM »
Once I empty the contents of the can into the pan I can easily read the recipe on the back. I am also 67 and this works well for me.
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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2018, 02:16:48 PM »
With my grandmothers recipe box I either took a picture, or if it was really used (hard to read) I deciphered it and typed it out.

I use my Nook to store and display them. It is large enough to read the print easily, but still small enough that it doesn't take up a lot of counter space.

I also have a lot of recipes I have cut and pasted into text documents. Mostly dutch oven stuff from websites. Those come up nice and legible on the Nook.

I can cut and paste ingredients to a document, sort them out, and send shopping lists to my phone.
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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2018, 02:35:21 PM »
Gator, I've seen the food you and your wife serve, ya'll certainly don't follow a recipe off of a can. :))
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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2018, 02:48:30 PM »
Gator, I've seen the food you and your wife serve, ya'll certainly don't follow a recipe off of a can. :))

You're right. My wife can usually cook something for the first time and then she remembers it from then on. Me, I never make things the same way twice.
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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2018, 04:59:44 PM »
Digitize, and print a copy when needed. Throw it away when you finish it.

Joel

That's exactly what I do.  I must be a messy cook because usually the printed recipe has a few spots or splatters on it when I'm through and is easy to throw away.

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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2018, 06:11:14 PM »
How many recipes do you have that you need to bring with you that this even becomes an issue? Recipes don't take up a lot of room and how many complex recipes are you going to want to cook in an RV?
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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2018, 06:24:35 PM »
I have been collecting recipes for years.  I use a computer program called Accuchef.  It is shareware and costs about $20.00 with free lifetime upgrades.  I have in excess of 100,000 on the data base.  Obviously I have not cooked all of them.   :-*  The program will import a document you can copy.  Because it is shareware it is free to try.  You may want to give it a try. 
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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2018, 06:42:16 PM »
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Recipes don't take up a lot of room

Tom, DW has several good sized books containing recipes, in addition to loose leaf stuff and cutouts from boxes, etc., so they can take a lot of space (most of a bookshelf). For trips of a few weeks, that's not a big deal, but the OP said they're going into a 5th wheel (fulltiming, I expect), so the heft could be considerable if she wants to keep it all.

Otherwise, it's digitize in some form (time consuming), not QUITE impossible, but...
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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2018, 06:42:37 PM »
Put recipes on a thumb drive, put the collection in safe keeping with the other things you could not part with or take with?

Or probably more logical, take one good cook book, and some favorite recipes on drive.
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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2018, 07:08:12 PM »
How many recipes do you have that you need to bring with you that this even becomes an issue? Recipes don't take up a lot of room and how many complex recipes are you going to want to cook in an RV?

Spoken like a true bachelor!  ;D   So many recipes have such poignant memories attached to them.  (Like my grandmother's Thanksgiving yeast rolls -- oh, the aroma that filled the house!).  To digitize that recipe written in her handwriting meant the world to me.  It's like your instruments or your favorite music arrangements, or your digitized versions of your favorite performances by an artist.  It's a hobby. 

Even recipes found on the web say to me "Gee, that sounds good.  We should try that!".  It's good to build a database. That said, I do retrieve from the database, print, then toss the printed copy after I make it.   Print it out the next time I cook or bake it and toss the printed copy again.

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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2018, 08:19:06 PM »
When the DW, Diane finds recipes she likes, she transfers them to a 3X5 card and later laminates them. She has separate boxes for cards, like chicken, pork, fish ect. It seems like a lot of effort, but it really helps on the road. She will pull out 4 or 5 cards a week and do the shopping for what the recipe requires.

Then she give me the cards to pick one for dinner. The ingredients are already in the cupboard so dinner is usually ready in 45 minutes or so. It's not a system for everyone, but it works great for her.
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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2018, 11:00:20 AM »
....  I MAY have to bite the bullet and take pictures of them all.  Then how would I store them, in WORD? ...
I had a similar problem.  I would often take a picture of a recipe and paste it in a Word document, then save it to my recipes folder.  But sometimes the picture would disappear.  I think Word may store only a link to the original picture. I solved this by exporting each document to .pdf.  As an alternative, you could just save the pictures in a particular folder.  But the .pdf approach lets you add text in Word before exporting it.  I save each one with a name that starts with the main ingredient so I can easily find them.  If I want a chicken dish, for instance, they are all together. 

Also, I made a document that has the recipes I most often use, and put a shortcut to it on my computer desktop. 

If you like to cook from a printed sheet, you can get a printer - but it will probably take up more space than a recipe box would, and itís one more piece of tech to wrestle with.  I like printed copies to cook from too, but found it wasnít hard to adjust to using my computerís screen. And wiping it off afterwards.   ::)
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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2018, 02:44:26 PM »
Get a tablet like an iPad or Fire. and take the pictures of your recipes with it and store them there.
I just got my wife a Fire for Christmas and am hoping she will store all her printed out recipes on there.
You can also use the tablet to search for new recipes when you have wifi.
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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2018, 05:22:58 PM »
My wife has a neat system for recipes.  She stores them in the freezer. They have names like Stouffers, Marie Callender, Michaelangelo, Frescheta, etc.
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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2018, 05:32:23 PM »
Scan them, save as pdf, make a new gmail account and save them to the 15g google drive space you have for free.
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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2018, 06:52:21 PM »
Always the last thing a woman has time for in her life, honestly. We have so many associations with recipes: these when we were poor, those from when the kids were little, those from past generations, these to try...

Whatever you do, save them to the cloud. A zip drive can drop in a toilet, a recipe box is awesome but, again, anything can happen.

I'm a fan of both formats: paper and cloud. In the cloud you don't have to worry about your computer breaking, either. They are always available.

I wouldn't try to copy and paste into a document. However, if you choose to do that, try to find a template that mimics recipe cards so that, if you print a page, you have more than one recipe on it, you can cut it down, and then rotate the cards in the box in the rig. For example, you can find picture shields and place the cards in them for safekeeping, and keep the book in the basement of your rig. Keep a general recipe box in the kitchen. Then, once a....month, quarter, season, whatever, go through the book and exchange the recipes in the box. You can do this while you are driving down the road, too. Good time killer (if you don't get sea sick while driving).

Those are my thoughts. Good luck!

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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #19 on: January 09, 2018, 07:53:53 AM »
I would encourage you to digitize them.  In fact, SCAN the originals, and then you will still have the original writer's handwriting for posterity.  There are a couple good reasons to do this...saving them into the CLOUD will make sure that no catastrophe will destroy them forever without possibility of retrieval; you can go ahead and GIVE the originals to your daughter as a legacy, thus freeing you from the space/logistical nightmare of storage; and you will have them readily available no matter where you are.

When I closed down three households in order to fulltime, I had to make a LOT of hard decisions about where "heirloom" things landed.  Let kids choose stuff they want; go ahead and give them their legacy items now (assuming they are mature/responsible); and FREE them of the most grueling and sometime unpleasant task there is:  liquidating Grandma's estate.  That may be the greatest gift of all.  That is how I feel now, after dealing with those three households...but everyone is different, and your solutions may be different too...

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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2018, 07:58:16 AM »
Oh, and I see you are asking HOW to store them in Word...

If you SCAN them, you would store them as a JPEG which is like a picture.  Make a folder for Recipes in your Photo files.

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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #21 on: January 10, 2018, 07:56:39 AM »
I have been using a program called MasterCook for years to store my recipes.  It has lots of other features that I really like - menu planning, grocery lists, etc. - that are all drag and drop.
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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #22 on: January 10, 2018, 09:28:55 AM »
What do you lose with MasterCook when you don't continue the subscription?
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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #23 on: January 11, 2018, 08:07:32 PM »
Download an app called Evernote.  You can take photos of your recipe cards and the app will actually search handwriting to find what you're looking for, as long as the writing is reasonably legible of course. You can place them into categories as well.  There are lots of you tube videos giving hints how best to organize with the program.  I digitized all of my dear mother's recipes after she passed away a few years ago.  Takes about a minute per card/paper, if that, to load each one and put it in it's designated notebook.

Evernote is free if you upload under a designated amount of space each month so if you have a lot of recipes, you might have to do a few hundered and then wait until the next month to add more.  Or you can pay for increased storage.  Another great thing is that the notebooks are stored on the Evernote servers so you can access them away from home - to pass them along to friends, check while at the grocery store to make sure you have the ingredients, etc.

Besides recipes, I use Evernote to store almost everything - manuals and specs for my yard equipment (lawn mower, trimmer, etc) - how much/type of oil, what plug, when purchased, etc.  Another notebook has receipts for anything major I buy - we all know how they have a habit of the ink disappearing!

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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #24 on: January 14, 2018, 08:23:28 AM »
Thank you Everyone!  Great ideas!  I'll research some of the suggestions given here.  I MAY end up digitizing, I wanted to be able to go to "Salads" for instance and find what I want quickly and didn't know how to do that.  I'll look at the programs suggested.  I DO have a lot of recipes.  I won't take them all, of course, in the fifth wheel but I'd like a good selection.  We have many favorites.  I appreciate your help in this.

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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #25 on: January 14, 2018, 08:51:43 AM »
Just an observation, I noticed how many people in the previous discussion use the term "scan" to refer to digitizing a paper document.  I, also, own a scanner but for most casual "scanning" I just take a photo of the doc with my smart phone.  With just a little care the quality of the photo is more that adequate for this purpose.  If you're having trouble doing this, try turning off the flash on the camera; natural lighting won't bleach out the words nearly as much as the flash does.

If you find recipes online and prefer to store them rather than to use bookmarks to retrieve them, I highly recommend using Microsoft OneNote (part of the Microsoft Office suite).  It enables you to take simple screenshots and file them in your database.  You could create OneNote cards for each recipe type (e.g., beef, pork, fish, etc) and then add online recipes to those cards by just taking screenshots of them.

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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #26 on: January 14, 2018, 02:02:25 PM »
I use an app called Recipe Gallery. Very  easy to take a picture or copy from a web page. You can customize how to file your recipes.
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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #27 on: January 14, 2018, 03:12:48 PM »
If you have a computer or tablet,  a site I like is called Paprika.  It has  one time cost of $5.00.  It will let you import recipes from any site on the internet, organize them into any category you want, and have them available off line.  You can manually enter your favorite recipes as well.  It does a number of other things as well, but recipe storage is what I use the most.  Since my wife is disabled and I have to do all the cooking, having the recipes and directions available has lead to some pretty good meals.
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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #28 on: January 14, 2018, 09:30:32 PM »
My wife has a neat system for recipes.  She stores them in the freezer. They have names like Stouffers, Marie Callender, Michaelangelo, Frescheta, etc.


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Re: Best way to store a lot of recipes in an RV
« Reply #29 on: January 15, 2018, 06:05:11 AM »
Downsizing from home to 5th wheel full time might mean downsizing the appetite/menu/diet as well...

Really like the idea of advertising ingredients during a potluck event.  Never thought about the significance of that until Granddaughter developed severe food allergies her first year.  Thanks for that idea.  :))
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