I’m so excited you are here and that I get to share this free gift with you! It has taken me months to get it just right.
When I first started saving my recipe experiments, I used to use a lined notebook to write down my ideas along with the ingredients I’d like to use for that recipe. Whenever an idea hit me, I would pick up a notebook or blank piece of paper and write down the ingredients I thought would work well together first. Then as I tested my recipe idea, I would write down an estimate of how much I used for each ingredient.
This system worked fine for a while until eventually, my notes were all over the place. There was no order to my notes because I didn’t have a designated page or notebook for my recipes. I tried to stick with the same notebook all the time, but then my kids would end up using it to draw or write in. Sometimes if I was in a hurry, I would use it to take notes for other things. Eventually, the recipes would get lost in the notebook full of random notes and drawings.
So, I decided I needed something different to keep my recipes organized.
It had to be something that I could easily go back to and start where I left off.
Not only that, but it had to stand out from all the other notebooks and papers in our house.
Long story short, my husband and I created a Recipe Development Form that has helped me keep my recipe experiments better organized.
The Recipe form is broken down into three main sections:
- Cooking Times
You’ll notice the format is not exactly like a recipe that you would see in a cookbook, or on my blog even. I purposely designed it to start with the ingredients first instead of the amounts because that’s usually how a new recipe starts for me: with an idea.
First, I start with the main ingredient, then brainstorm what ingredients might pair well with it and write them down in the ingredients section.
Next, I quickly jot down my thoughts on how I will execute the recipe in the methods section.
Finally, I write down everything else as it is happening.
For example, I’ll write down the amount of each ingredient I used as I’m cooking, and if I end up needing to add more of something, I’ll write that in the adjustments section so that I don’t have to waste time erasing and rewriting amounts.
I also take note of the times I started cooking or baking the recipe and when it came off the stove or out of the oven.
When I’m done, I save the recipe in a designated folder where I save all my other recipes to test again later before I publish them.
The great thing about using a form specifically for recipe writing like this one is that you will always be able to distinguish it immediately from other papers lying around. Everyone in the house will know to save it if it somehow gets misplaced in a pile of other miscellaneous papers.
So, download it by clicking on the link below, print it, use it, and let me know what you think!
I hope you enjoy using it, and I hope it helps you save more of your favorite family recipes.