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7/7/13 9:51 P

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I must have 4 or 5 years worth of TASTE of HOME magazines. I will be leaving in August to teach in the middle east for 2 years, so I think its time for the recycle bin. Bye-Bye magazines.
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4/11/13 7:44 P

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My 2 favorite websites for recipes are Sparkpeople (of course) and it's easy to save the recipes that appeal to you, print out when you want. Same for Allrecipes.com this site is Huge and lots of interesting comments so you can adjust the recipes if you want.

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4/7/13 11:03 A

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I've been de-cluttering as well. As much as I love the internet, I cannot allow my only copy of a favourite recipe be there.

A few years back, we had a long internet outage starting just before I had to cook a number of things for an event. Some of the things I wanted to make were from the internet and I hadn't printed them (I normally don't print -- trying to save trees).

I had such a scramble to find things to make with the ingredients that I ended up buying mastercook and copying my favourite recipes to it.

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4/7/13 3:01 A

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I scanned or hand typed my fav recipes into BigOven.com and ditched every printed recipe I had. No more cookbooks or 3 ring binders for me! Doing a bunch at once was a pain, but now I use BigOven to select all my recipes. They have a great mobile app, too. Includes a great meal planner, grocery list, etc.

It was culture shock, but worth the effort! I'm spending a lot less time meal planning because I have access to hundreds of thousands of recipes at my fingertips.

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4/7/13 1:25 A

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i did something similarily a few years ago. i had stacks of magazines. i cut out the ones that i wanted, pitched the rest. i will afmit i don not use them enought but i have a hubby that is a picky eater. but i do on occasion find somthing new to try. and them i tend to want to keep making it if i find it works.

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4/4/13 12:12 A

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I agree. I get lots of Taste of Home Recipes sent to my e-mail address and some are great and some it is easy to delete. I went to a WW meeting today and WW has just come out with a brand new cookbook FOR ONE. I would have bought that one but it was sold out at all the WW in my area as soon as they hit the shelves. It is about time they finally listed to us single people. Bev


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4/3/13 9:17 P

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I've had the same problem. I had months and months of Taste of Home magazines, Weight Watchers Cookbooks, and so on. So, I went through the magazines and gave them to the Sr. Citizen Center in town. I saved the recipes I wanted and put them in page protectors in a 3 ring binder. I've also gone through my recipe box and thrown away recipes I don't make. This has decluttered my life a lot. I've still got more weeding to do.

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3/15/13 9:25 P

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I started going through the book with all the cut out scraps and whatnot recipes. those I have no problem heaving, but the books are going to be really hard to toss. I even bought a three hole punch to keep the ones I printed off the internet and some are really good, so tonight is my time to go through the magazines, of which I have way too many. Bev


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3/15/13 8:04 P

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If I only had 4 boxes my family would rejoice. I gave away several boxes of the cookbooks and other boxes away to family when they were all here 2 years ago when they were home for family reunion. They took what they wanted to use right away and could find room for. Then we delivered books to South Carolina and Kentucky on our visit there in the fall after that.

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3/15/13 4:43 P

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I've got 3 LARGE shelves of cookbooks yet to go through.



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3/15/13 3:06 P

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Judy - Only 4 boxes good for you, I have books and books and books not counting the shelves. I need to lighten the load. Was going to do it last night but got involved with a puzzle and was up till 2 am finishing it. It still kept me out of the kitchen so that was good. Bev


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3/14/13 11:04 P

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Went through my recipies (all 4 recipe boxes) and tossed out many of them but still have oodles left. Next comes my recipe books (3 large shelves of them). That job will take a bit longer to do I think. But, I've gotten a start at this mess anyways.

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3/13/13 10:54 P

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trust me, you are not alone. In fact tonight while I am watching TV (and not snacking) I will be going through my book and heaving the ones I know I will never make. Bev


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3/12/13 3:58 P

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My husband and children think I need to have a major overhaul of my cookbook and cooking magazines I have collected and never buy another one. Recently I have been trying to get them organized. I have 3 bookcases of them. Once I really get them organized I will get rid of more of them. Some of the cookbooks are 30-40+ years old. I have been getting rid of some that I tore out of magazines years ago. I see that I am far from being alone in this.


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3/12/13 3:33 P

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I have a cookbook for two and my Sparkpeople cookbook that I will keep, plus I have a few cookbooks that have been signed by the authors I feel obligated to keep too. I also have a few websites for recipes that I can go to if I need to find one. Bev


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3/12/13 9:32 A

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I'm going to have to go through my cooking magazines and cookbooks too.. Several of the magazines i haven't even opened. There are only two that I absolutely need and use, my ratty torn old Good Housekeeping cookbook and the Spark cookbook. I used another recipe from Spark last night...Roasted Broccoli....so simple to make and so delicious.. I love broccoli so I can't stop talking about it


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3/11/13 4:13 P

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I live in a Sr Mobile Home Park, and I trotted all my cookbooks over there. Went back an hour later to bring more and they others were all gone. So I am glad someone is getting to use them, or I will see them all back again. LOL Bev


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3/11/13 10:48 A

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Hello from another magazine and cookbook hoarder. By looking at my collection, you might think that I was in the kitchen all the time! Which, of course, I'm not!

First of all, if you don't tear out any recipes or pages, most local libraries will accept both your magazines and cookbooks as donations. My printer works as a copier, so I copy rather than tear out if I only find one or two recipes I like. My local library takes all magazines less than 2 years old and sells them for 10 cents each. They sell the cookbooks they can't put on the shelves at an annual used book sale. A great cause! (My local Goodwill takes books as well, but won't take magazines.)

Secondly, I just bought a piece of recipe software where you can scan in recipes you have, save from the internet and add your own recipes. Apparently you can view on your pc and your iPad/iPhone and there is a nutrition calculator as well. I ordered it from Amazon and it should arrive any day now. I will let you know how it works!!!

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3/11/13 1:47 A

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I too am there with all the cookbooks, magazines and books filled with torn our recipes. Every now and then I go through all the recipes and have a major throw out, but I manage to accumulate more and more. Being a WW I have all their recipe books and stopped buying them quite some time ago. I just need to heave them all. There are some true and tried recipes that I can keep and that is what I intend to do. Thanx for the push to get rid of them. Bev


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3/10/13 8:15 P

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good luck!

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3/10/13 6:14 P

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Well, you gals aren't alone in the recipe/cookbook etc etc catagory! I'm right there among you! I need to do the same. There are so many recipies/cookbooks/magazines etc etc etc lined up on my shelves - some that were my mother's and am finding it hard to get rid of them. Lots of magazines - I let the subscription expire and a while later they send me a cheaper offer to resubscribe!!! I couple of them I threw out without even opening them up!!! I guess that's an improvement!! I have so many recipies that I've cut out that I really need to go through and toss out!! I've made one up some recipie books with leaflets - one two-volume for diabetics and the other for SparkPeople recipies that I had copied and yet still put them in my recipie box at SparkPeople besides - - now that's double duty!!! Duh!!!!!

I guess it's time I sit back down and go through some recipies again!!!

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I tear out the recipes and put them in a box. That week when I make my menu I go through the box and use the pulled recipes. If I like them they go in to my 3 ring binder...if not then the trash. I have cookbooks as well. I went through and got rid of the ones where I did not make anything from it. If a cookbook recipe is used and liked then I put a sticker next to the recipe. I also have a rule that if a new cookbook comes in then an old one has to go out. So far this works for me.

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3/10/13 11:49 A

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OMG can I ever relate to you and your obsession with recipes/cookbooks! I am right there with you. For years, getting magazine subscriptions were my form of cheap entertainment, certainly cheaper than buying them at the supermarket which is what I would do if I wasn't subscribed to them. Or buying the church/school cookbooks thinking they were recipes by people just like me who liked "regular" food. And all of the "subscriptions" I have online from various recipe places, unreal. If I ever used all the recipes I have collected, I would have something different every meal of the rest of my life...and I know that isn't going to happen.

My boyfriend is a minimalist so we have been working together to reorganize my house to gradually get rid of things. My sister and daughter have tried to get me to throw magazines away but because I felt they had bigger messes than my piles of magazines, I certainly wasn't going to listen to them!! I've known for a long time that these magazines and unused craft materials are just emotional baggage that needs to be thrown away but apparently I just wasn't ready to get rid of them before. Now I am. I did peruse a few of the magazines in the family room before I threw them out, but stopped even doing that. When I really looked at them, it was the same information printed from year to year maybe with slight differences.

I do want to use some of the cookbooks before I get rid of them and will look at them one at a time (they are on bookshelves so at least aren't as clutter looking), try a few recipes and only keep the recipes I really like and get rid of the book.

I have a huge collection of mostly unused quilting books and paint books. It is still hard to think about getting rid of a $30 book for nothing or almost nothing, but I know at some point I will have to do it. One step at a time.

I like your system of the 3-ring binder and will try something similar. Thanks for sharing your story.

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3/10/13 10:33 A

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I was buying/had too many recipe magazines (and cookbooks) I was fooling myself with, thinking I'd use them but just having them around being messy. I finally started thinking about what I eat and would eat and what my husband would and who I entertained, etc. and put a moratorium on buying any new magazines at the grocery checkout counter while I figured out what I had/wanted.

I went through the pile of stuff I had, tearing out all the recipes/recipe cards (those that come with a product or are free from a large manufacturer like "Kraft" or "Betty Crocker", etc.) I actually wanted and throwing the rest away. Then I went through the ones I'd torn out, getting serious :-) and threw away more as well as sorting them into types of meals and seasons, etc. I ended up only keeping mostly dinner and a few appetizer recipes; although breakfast is my favorite meal of the day I rarely think to use/need a recipe.

I wrote down all the types of meats/main dishes we usually eat and realized there are only about 10-15 different dinners we eat on a regular basis? So, I eyeballed the recipes again and if I had 3-4 fish dishes, for example (my husband does not like fish), I threw out all but my favorite. Having a lot of appetizer recipes too, we don't entertain/eat appetizers that often.

I had an old 3-ring binder and got those clear plastic sleeves and threw things in for each season of the year and then decided I was going to test one new recipe a week (just because they look good on paper, doesn't mean they actually will work for you) and either put it in a "save" sleeve or throw it away. I did that for quite awhile (surprised heck out of me :-)

Now I get my food delivered and have electronic and online cookbooks so I'm not as tempted to buy magazines but I haven't really looked at or used my notebook for a year or so now. Today I'm going to revisit it and start again, but work with online material too.

I recently did a drastic weeding of my cookbooks, getting rid of all those "beautiful" ones that one loves thinking about/wishing over but never uses? LOL Only most of my books like that don't even get looked at anymore, they sit in the shelf and you get a faint whiff of pleasure every now and then when you happen to accidentally read the title and even remember the book is there/exists. Not worth keeping, attracting dust! A couple of my cookbooks are cheap paperbacks with a zillion recipes in them, some of which I love use but not worth keeping the whole thing. Page-by-page and tear out any I "love" today, the rest in the trash!

I'm going to start a "use it or lose it" campaign. emoticon


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