I have a favorite recipe web site, allrecipes.com, which I get daily recipes emailed to me. If I want to try the recipe, I print it out. I have a small pile of untried recipes in my kitchen. Each week when I am planning my grocery list, I pull out the printed recipes and pick one or two to try. If the recipe sits in the pile too long, without being tried, it means that I probably never will use it, so I toss it out.
For dishes that make it to the dinner table, the family votes on whether the dish is a keeper or not. If not the recipe goes in the trash. If it’s a keeper, it earns the right to make it into my recipe box. I cherish my recipe box, (it was my late mother-in-laws) and it holds only my favorite recipes. I feel that in a small way, I honor her and what a good cook she was, by using her box for just what she would want.
Are you a recipe collector? How do you manage them?