Suggested Recipe Categories For
Organizing Recipe Binders & Boxes

To keep either your recipe binders or boxes organized you'll need to sort by recipe categories.

Suggested recipes categories to use when organizing recipes in either a binder or card box {plus free printable table of contents if using binder} on Home Storage Solutions 101use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

It is best to make tabs with the category names on them, as well as having a table of contents in the front.

Please note that the categories you choose will be very personal to you, based on the way you cook and entertain.

Therefore, don't feel obligated to make dividers or categories for everything listed below if they don't suit your cooking style.

However, if you do want to use them all I've created a free printable table of contents page for a recipe binder that you may want to make as part of the Organize Recipes & Cookbooks Challenge. (Scroll down for the link to the printable).



Use this list to get some ideas and your creative juices flowing to make sure you create all the sections that are right for you.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Appetizers
  • Soups
  • Salads
  • Main dishes: Beef
  • organize recipes and cookbooks challenge
  • Main dishes: Poultry
  • Main dishes: Pork
  • Main dishes: Seafood
  • Main dishes: Vegetarian
  • Side dishes: Vegetables
  • Side dishes: Other
  • Desserts
  • Canning / Freezing
  • Breads
  • Holidays
  • Entertaining

Add Tabs To Your Recipe Binders Or Boxes

Once you've decided what categories you'd like to sort your recipes into, you'll want to make it easy for yourself to move between categories when flipping through your binder or box by using tabs.

You can get tabs for binders and recipe boxes here:



Free Printable Recipe Binder Table Of Contents

Here's the printable you can use if you'd like to use the exact categories I've suggested when organizing your own recipe binder.

Free recipe categories printable that you can use for your table of contents in your recipe binder {courtesy of Home Storage Solutions 101}
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Click here to get your printable (opens into PDF)

Other Printable Forms You May Like

Here are some additional printable forms about food storage, including other cheat sheets with storage times for food, that you may find helpful.


freezer storage times
Freezer Storage Times {Cheat Sheet}
refrigerated food storage guidelines printable
Refrigerated Food Storage Guidelines {Cheat Sheet}
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Pantry Inventory Form


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