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How to Save and Preserve Your Family Recipes

Family Recipes are an amazing tradition that should be passed down for generations to come. Learn the top tips for preserving these recipes.

When it comes to food, all families have their certain go-to meals and family recipes. These recipes have been passed down for generations and are loved by all who have consumed them.

Does you family have any family food traditions? Does Grandma have a famous apple pie recipe? Did your Great-Grandfather use to make homemade pasta in Italy? No matter what special family recipes you may have, you should definitely consider saving the old ones and the new ones for more generations yet to come.

Here are our top tips to keep in mind for preserving all your family recipes!

Gather Up Your Family Recipes

First, it’s important to know where your family recipes are at this very minute. Are they scattered about in your kitchen? Are they organized on index cards? Or are they simply recipes that were passed down and memorized with no written component?

No matter where your recipes are currently stored, it’s important to figure out what you ultimately want to do with them. What is the most accessible way to preserve your recipes for your children and beyond?

Let’s dive into a few ways to preserve and organize those recipes!

Organize Your Family Recipes

If you truly wish for future generations to cook your traditional meals it’s going to be very important to keep good track on all those recipes. Preferably, you should store them all in one, convenient location.

If they are scattered about your kitchen on grease, stained, or faded paper, these recipes will most likely not last too much longer. Instead, consider creating new recipe cards or pages that can be printed or added to a family cookbook. A binder is also a great way to organize your pages as you can continuously add and change recipes depending on your needs.

Go Digital!

Of course, another probably more practical method for organizing and preserving your family recipes is to digitize them in some way. 

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Create an online cookbook that you can share with your entire family. Give everyone access to add to the book and let your recipes start growing! Digital instructions can be the perfect way to share your recipes with future generations as no matter where your family ends up across the globe, they’ll always have access to an online version of the beloved recipes.

Pro Tip

Sharing your family recipes with everyone in your family is all about appreciating traditions and learning more about your family’s history. Don’t forget when cooking your favorite meals or organizing your recipes, to share your family cooking stories with your children and relatives. Learning more about the origins of a dish or a funny story of how someone burnt a batch of brownies once can be an entertaining way to discuss your family history with your kids and beyond.

Lisa Lee
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Lisa Lee is a proud mother of three living in sunny San Diego county. With three children under 10 years old and a pet pug named Daisy, Lisa sure has her hands full. Before starting her career as a family lifestyle writer, Lisa worked as a third grade elementary school teacher. Through her time teaching and parenting, Lisa has become quite the expert at dealing with children and wishes to share her vast knowledge and experiences with other fellow parents.


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