EPPP, you never cease to amaze me! I am totally inspired reading your posts! There needs to be a folder in my recipe section designated just for your tips and such so I can refer to them often. Thank you for sharing!
Wow! That's what I want my kitchen to be like when I get my own place...
Thanks EPPP for your reply.
This thread is EXACTLY the kind of info I'm always on the lookout for! The "tricks of the trade" so to speak.
Great photos too!
The Box and the Binders!
Thanks so much everyone for you kind words, I really appreciate them !
OK well now down to the nitty gritty. . . .
I have several areas in which I organise my recipes etc. The first stop is The Box.
1. The White Box: I keep this box near the PC so that everytime I print out a recipe from a forum or blog I just put it in the box. ( www.thecontainerstore.com ) I also keep my raw magazines in here such as Purely Delicious
2. The Green Binder: Firstly this binder is amazing in the way it is formated which makes it perfect for organising your raw meal planning. Unfortunatly the link does not show all the bits inside so go have a look for one if you can.
It has five organising sections and a pad of paper at the back. I use the section for: (the photo has all the bits layed out for you)
-this weeks menu
-chosen printed/copied recipes for the week
-completed recipes with my notes and a 1-4 star rating
-recipes to try in the near future
-a legend page of my raw books
When a week/month is done I put all the recipes back into the box or the other cookbook recipe binder. I even keep the recipes that were vile so I know not to do them again! There are some choco mousse pies that are great and some or yucky, it's easy to forget which ones you liked.
3. Photo Copies & The Cookbook Recipe Binder: Every recipe I do from a book I photocopy and put in a binder, this makes it much easier to work with especially as I make lots of notes. The finished notes I transfer to the book if/when I get the time.
4. PC Photos: I try to photo graph every worthy recipe as I am greatly stimulated by visuals. As you can see from mt PC screen I have many. Also look at the left of the screen and you will see how many files I have to oragnise them all.
6. The simple Recipe Box: I keep ONLY my favorite no fail will make again & again recipes; no junk in here. This way I keep thm in easy reach. I only recently started this and it's been a huge help. I actually have the card filed by family member so I can keep trac of who likes what.
As you have seen in other posts I also put up copies of menus on my kitchen cupboard for at a glance info as I have a mind like a seive !
Stay tuned for more. . .
All the best,
PS: to all you newbies put your location on your stats as I love to glance and see where everyone is!
Last edited by eachpeachpearplum; 11-25-2007 at 03:39 PM.
Wow! I have EXACTLY the same set up for my spinach! I have one of those same Earthbound farms boxes that I put my washed farmers market spinach in with paper towel layers! too funny. Now to get the rest of my kitchen looking like yours....
I love The Container Store - they have many many kinds of kitchen storage options. I will be making a trip there soon!
This thread is fabulous!! Thank you so much Erin for posting these pictures and all of your organizational ideas. I love it!
So when you are ready to teach raw food prep classes I'll hop on a ferry and be right over... I'll bring the coconuts!
(Inside joke... Erin and I attended the Living on Live Food Chef class together!)
Certified Living on Live Food Chef!
(Thank for Alissa for your fabulous certification program!!)
I think paper bags keep veggies the longest too!
"Laugh when you can, cry when you have to."
Originally Posted by Cinnamon
ha ha ha! A picture just for you. . . . BTW, what time does your ferry arrive?!
Menu Tracker & Shopping List
Those of you who have been around for awhile will recognise these but I just wanted to introduce them to those newer to the program as I still recieve emails from people requesting the files.
When I first started on this journey I developed what I call the Menu Tracker. This is a wonderful tool I used for the first year or so until I "got it" with regards to the timimg of sprouting, soaking & dehydrating. I then moved on to the "Box & Binder" way listed in post #19 of this Thread.
What's great about the MT is that it has columns to note soaking/dehydrating times and start/finish times. Along with areas for the cookbook name ,page, recipe rating & notes.
The Shopping List I still continue to use to this day. If you request the file for this you can then change it to reflect the shops you frequent.
With the files I also send details as to how to best use these. if you do request the files and I do not respond to you with in a week please send me the mail again stating "second request".
Last edited by eachpeachpearplum; 11-15-2007 at 11:40 PM.
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EPPP, you have such GREAT tips! I am definitely gonna try the one about using double-layered paper bags for veggie storage as well as the one for spinach as I face the same issues (and buy the same spinach)!
Thanks so much for sharing your tidbits with us!
Girl, seriously! You could turn this into a business. "Organizational consulting for the raw food kitchen" or something like that.
Now, please don't shoot me, but I lost the menu tracker! I'll send you an email. I can't find it on my ornery computer ANYWHERE!
Seriously girl, you are my hero in this whole organizational area of raw foods.
Thanks for the spinach idea! That'll save me lots!
wow I am impressed
Thank you for the ideas
I have a huge fridge and since going raw it seems so small
It is a disaster area always sob
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To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will.
To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed."
EPPP - That Menu Tracker RAWKS!
Now the only question would be, which one are you in the picture?!;)
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