Lately I have been doing a lot of canning, which is strange for me since I don’t even have a garden growing this year. But, what I do have are fruit trees and a husband who likes to fish for salmon, so I have been canning jellies, fruit juices and salmon. I also canned some chicken, chicken broth and beef – when I found them on sale. All of these recipes can be found by clicking on the tab above ‘Preserving Food’. A lot of my recipes come from the few cookbooks that I own, including my favorite The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. But I also like to try recipes that I find online, such as this one for canning apple pie filling, and this one for canning crunchy dill pickles. The thought occurred to me the other day, as I was waiting for my internet service to come back up again: What would happen if I couldn’t get on the internet anymore? Sure, I would have all the recipes in my books, but the ones I find (and have found) on the internet would be lost. You never know when something might happen to your computer, either! Just a simple fan could put your desktop out of commission for a week or even two! Or your laptop could be (heaven forbid) stolen! And then there is one of my favorite canning e-books that isn’t even in print – it’s on my Kindle. I decided to print out all of the recipes I find online that I would like to try. Either I copy and paste them to a word document then print, or, if the website has the option, I just hit the print button for the recipe. I started doing this about a week ago and now I am starting to accumulate a lot of recipes! I found an old binder that wasn’t being used and decided to use it as my canning recipe book. To make the canning recipe book look nice, I covered it with some cute fabric I found in the discount bin of my fabric store. This is easily done by just drawing the outline of the binder on the flip side of the fabric (some people call it the wrong side), fold the fabric to the inside of the binder and fold each side under just where it meets the metal spine that holds the rings. Sew those folds first. I used a decorative stitch because I’m still learning how to use my new machine. Besides, it’s pretty! Next, sew the top and bottom together. Turn inside out and insert the binder. Easy, simple, done. And it looks nice! The local dollar store has sheet protectors – sixteen for $1 – so I bought a couple packages of those. They were necessary as I am a very messy cook! 🙂 I loaded up the binder clips with the sheet protectors and placed all of the recipes I have already accumulated into the binder. Niiiicccceeee Hmmmmm… Something is missing. Dividers! Back to the dollar store. Now I have a great place to slip all those recipes without them floating around in the ionosphere, where they invariably get lost! And if the internet is down (again) or my computer is on the fritz (God have mercy), I will have the information I need at my fingertips. This turned out so cute I think I will make another one for all the pages I print out on making cheese, homemade taco sauce, soap, etc.. I think I will call it my homemaking binder! How do you keep all of your printed recipes and tutorials? Do you worry that some day you may not able to retrieve them when needed?
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