The Best Recipe Organizers for Cooking and Baking
Keep your recipes all in one easy-to-manage space with these handy organizers.
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- Best OverallC.R. Gibson Vertical Recipe Keeper Flip StandCheck Latest Price
- Easiest to UseOceanstar Bamboo Recipe Box with DividerCheck Latest Price
- Best CustomizableMeadowsweet Kitchens Collected Recipes CookbookCheck Latest Price
Between cutting recipes out of magazines, print outs from the web, pictures of other cooks’ recipes, and bookmarks on the computer or phone—it’s not difficult for cooking instructions to pile up and become a chaotic collection. Recipe organizers may seem quaint when so many cooks have turned to electronic storage, but these classic kitchen resources remain a go-to. Recipe organizers allow cooks to view many recipes at once if they wish, offering easy access that doesn’t require a password, unlike many computers and smartphones.
Today’s recipe organizers come in book, binder, or boxed form, so note which style you prefer. Consider whether your recipes exist mostly on cards or as printouts or tear outs from magazines, and how much time you want to spend arranging them. Recipe organizers also vary in size, so keep in mind how much space you have to store one. We’ve searched through the various options on the market and found some of the best recipe organizers available to help you put your favorite dishes at your fingertips.
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Recipe boxes, books, and binders—this guide showcases highly efficient organizers.
BEST OVERALL: C.R. Gibson Vertical Recipe Keeper Flip Stand
The C.R. Gibson Vertical Recipe Keeper Flip Stand combines a flexible organization style suitable for many recipe formats with an easy-to-use built-in easel for viewing. Styled as a 1.5-inch binder with the rings on the shorter end of a 9.5×4-inch notebook, the organizer flips open vertically to become a self-contained easel with a magnetic stand to display your chosen recipe. The C.R. Gibson set includes ten tabbed dividers to organize your recipes by category and 24 standard letter-sized pocket sheet protectors to hold recipes that have been printed out or cut from magazines.
Other styles of C.R. Gibson sheet protectors can be purchased separately to accommodate 3×5-inch or 4×6-inch recipe cards; the binder will hold about 100 pages total. When you’re finished cooking, splatters wip clean from the pages. The book flips closed and the magnetic stand holds it securely for storage on your shelf or counter. This recipe organizer features a colorful drawing of fruits and polka dots on the front cover, and can be a charming addition to the kitchen. The C.R. Gibson Vertical Recipe Keeper Flip Stand is convenient and keeps organization simple and cute.
EASIEST TO USE: Oceanstar Bamboo Recipe Box with Divider
If you’re looking for a simple and elegant recipe box, this Oceanstar organizer is a worthy option. Made of sustainable, eco-conscious bamboo, the box features a magnetic closure and a groove in the top of the box to support the included clear acrylic card stand. The Oceanstar box is designed to hold 4×6-inch recipe cards and includes a wide range of card section dividers, which are prelabeled on one side and blank on the other to allow for custom labels. When you’ve selected a recipe to use, slide it into the acrylic frame and rest the frame in the groove on top of the closed box for an ideal viewing angle of your protected card. The box easily wipes clean and is a compact, attractive piece on the countertop.
BEST CUSTOMIZABLE: Meadowsweet Kitchens Collected Recipes Cookbook
For the larger recipe collection, the Meadowsweet Kitchens Recipe Organizer offers a wide array of page formats and divider options. An attractive but unobtrusive large-format three ring binder, the Meadowsweet measures 11×11 inches and includes 12 unlabeled divider pages that are also pockets, ideal for tucking in clippings or printouts until you get to organizing them into page protectors. The protectors are available in full sheet and framed for 4×6-inch or 3×5-inch recipe cards. The Meadowsweet binder will fit any standard three-ring punched pages for additional flexibility.
The Meadowsweet Kitchens set includes a sheet of 20 pre-printed stickers to label the dividers, or cooks can print their own custom labels. The inside covers feature printed ingredient equivalents and measurement conversions for convenience. Matching recipe cards are available for separate purchase. The Meadowsweet is a customizable large format recipe keeper that will hold your heirloom and internet-printed recipes with equal ease. The binder is offered in a range of fun cover styles, so cooks can choose the one that suits them best.
MOST PORTABLE: Meadowsweet Kitchens Accordion File Recipe Organizer
Some cooks don’t have the time or inclination to organize recipes neatly into books or boxes, but that doesn’t mean they’re destined to a messy sheaf of mismatched paper every time they need to find a recipe. The Meadowsweet Kitchens Accordion File Recipe Organizer makes it easy to stash quickly torn out or printed recipes (or even recipe cards!) quickly in a place you’ll find them again. Large enough to hold standard 8.5×11-inch paper, this expanding accordion file is made from heavy brown textured paper for durability and is strong enough to stand on its own. Eight tabbed section dividers break the file into categories that are preprinted (but could easily be covered over if the cook prefers different categories) and the file latches closed with an elastic loop and button. The accordion file is large enough to hold hundreds of clippings, printouts, and cards, ideal for cooks on the go or who simply don’t have time to fill page protectors—just stick the recipe in the right pocket.
BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: New Seasons Deluxe Recipe Binder
This 10×11-inch three ring binder from New Seasons comes with 50 pre-formatted pages that look like chalkboard, with bistro-style designs and quotations adding decorative flair to the spaces intended to hold recipe cards. Six tabbed dividers feature labels in the same decorative style, making this recipe organizer feel more like a menu in a French cafe than a book sitting on your shelf. The budget-friendly New Seasons set also includes two splash guards, a matching notepad, and three magnets. A fun gift for a new cook (especially if you include some recipes!) or just a charming addition to your cookbook shelf, the New Seasons Deluxe Recipe Organizer will keep your recipes together in style.
HONORABLE MENTION: Jot & Mark Recipe Card Complete Gift Box
This whimsical tin recipe box from Jot & Mark calls to mind a grandmother’s country kitchen. Decorated with bright florals, the sturdy tin box closes firmly over 250 4×6-inch recipe cards to keep them safe and dry. Contained within are 14 matching index dividers prelabeled and gloss finished for durability, as well as 50 matching recipe cards designed for both hand-writing and printing of your favorite recipes. Additional cards in matching or coordinating prints are available for purchase separately, as are clear recipe card protectors to keep the cards free from spills or stains. A wonderful and charming gift or accent to the kitchen, the Jot & Mark Recipe Organizer will stand the test of time.
ALSO CONSIDER: Brownlow Gifts Recipe Binder Set
For a traditional recipe organizer, Brownlow Gifts developed this attractively styled 8×9-inch three ring binder. The cover is nicely designed and can be easily wiped clean, with an interior featuring a handy list of measurement equivalents and substitutions. The Brownlow Gifts set also includes 20 clear acrylic sheets designed to hold two 4×6-inch recipe cards on each side along with 40 recipe cards that match the cover. Also included are 12 tabbed dividers to help keep your recipes organized by type. The binder is compact and won’t use a lot of shelf space, but has room to store many recipes: additional pages and matching recipe cards are available for purchase separately to keep the look coordinated.