Tips for Organizing Your Gluten-Free and Celiac Recipes

Is your recipe book a hot mess? This blog will give you three super simple tips for organizing your gluten-free and Celiac recipes.

If you're gluten-free, you know how difficult it can be to find recipes that fit your dietary restrictions. And if you have Celiac disease, it can be even harder to find recipes that are both gluten-free and safe to eat.

But even worse than that is when you find the perfect recipes for your weekly meals and then you can't find them again!

Without a good system for organizing your recipes, you're bound to get frustrated when you can't remember all of the details of that dish you loved.

In this post, we're going to cover a few tips on how to organize your gluten-free and Celiac recipes so you can easily find them when you're ready to cook.

Tip #1: Create a filing system.

The first step in organizing your gluten-free recipes is to create a filing system. This can be as simple as creating a folder on your computer or an actual physical file, but the most important part of a filing system is to choose one you'll actually use.

For example, if you prefer to keep paper copies of recipes, but you try to use a digital system, you're probably not going to stick with it.

Let's talk about the two types of recipe filing systems: digital and paper. You can choose one or the other, or you can choose a hybrid that works for you. Again, the best recipe organization system is one you'll actually use.

Digital Recipe Filing Systems

There are a few benefits to using a digital filing system for your gluten-free recipes. The first is that it's easy to share recipes with friends and family who are also gluten-free.

You can also easily add new recipes to your collection without having to worry about losing them. And if you have an allergy or other dietary restriction, you can easily search for recipes that meet your needs.

There are a few different ways to organize your gluten-free recipes digitally. One way is to create a folder on your computer and add recipes as PDFs or images. You can also use an app like Evernote, which allows you to save recipes from websites or take pictures of recipes you find in magazines.

If you want to get really organized, you can use a recipe management program like Yummly, which allows you to search for recipes based on ingredients, dietary restrictions, and more.

Finally, if you decide to use a digital recipe filing system, here are a few quick tips:

  1. Don't save recipes you'll never make. It's easy to save every gluten-free recipe you come across, but that will quickly become overwhelming. Only save recipes that you think you'll actually make.
  2. Keep track of where you found the recipe. When you're looking for a specific recipe, you don't want to have to search through your entire collection to find it. So make sure to include the source of the recipe in the file name or tags.
  3. Use a consistent naming system. This will help you quickly find recipes when you're looking for them. For example, you could include the recipe name, type of dish, and main ingredient in the file name.

Paper Recipe Filing Systems

There are also benefits to using a paper filing system for your gluten-free recipes. One is that it's easy to access recipes when you're in the kitchen. You don't have to worry about losing your phone or tablet, or having them die in the middle of cooking.

Another benefit of using a paper filing system is that you can easily add notes and modifications to recipes. This can be helpful if you need to make a recipe gluten-free or if you want to remember how you changed a recipe to make it better.

If you decide to use a paper filing system for your gluten-free recipes, there are a few different ways to organize them. The easiest and most practical way is to simply use a 3-ring binder and loose-leaf paper. 

You can also get creative and use a recipe box, file folder, or even a shoe box! Just make sure to label everything so you can easily find what you're looking for.

Here are a few tips for using a paper filing system:

  1. Color code your recipes with a pen, highlighter, or color tabs. This will help you quickly find what you're looking for. For example, maybe the recipe name is in black, the type of dish is red, and the gluten-free modifications are in blue.
  2. Use labeled dividers to organize your recipes. Rather than lumping all of your recipes together, use dividers to create different sections. For example, you could have a section for main dishes, a section for side dishes, and a section for desserts.
  3. Store your recipes in a safe place. You don't want to lose your recipes, so make sure you store them in a cool, dry place. A kitchen drawer or cabinet away from the sink or stove is a great option.
  4. Digitize your recipes every 6 months. Even if you prefer to use the paper copy, this will help you keep your recipes organized and give you a backup in case something happens.

Tip #2: Use a recipe journal.

A recipe journal is a great way to organize your gluten-free recipes, as well as keep track of the ones you've made. It's also a great place to jot down notes about recipes, such as how you changed them or what you thought of them.

A small notebook that fits in your pocket (like Field Notes or Moleskine) is a super simple way to write things down on the go. You can also use your notes app in your phone.

Regardless of which journal you use, the goal of a recipe journal isn't necessarily to help you keep track of every detail of the recipe. It's more so for you to be able to quickly take note of recipes you liked, recipes you might want to explore more, restaurants you may want to try, or modifications you made.

Later on, you can come back to the recipe journal and create the full recipe in your filing system (see above).

Tip #3: Use gluten-free labeling and color-coding.

If you're sharing a kitchen with Non-Celiacs, then it's important to clearly label your gluten-free food. This includes anything from gluten-free flour to gluten-free condiments. That way, there's no confusion and you don't have to worry about cross-contamination.

You can buy gluten-free labels, or you can simply use a Sharpie to label everything.

Now, this isn't necessarily directly related to organizing your recipes like the two tips above, but when your food is organized and labeled, particularly if you share a kitchen with other people, it'll be much easier to cook gluten-free meals and execute those yummy recipes.

Gluten-free cooking can seem daunting at first, but with a little bit of organization, it can be simple and easy. We've given you three tips to help get you started so let’s get to cooking!