I’m too lazy to think for myself.

I’m too lazy to think for myself.

Last week we went a little crazy and bought a food processor I’d been eying for quite some time. We love it so far — it chops vegetables like a dream and was a key player in making Simon’s birthday carrot cake (it shredded the carrots and mixed part of the batter). The only complaint I have is that we now have another user manual that we don’t necessarily need, but I can’t just toss because it has recipes in it and I collect recipes. They come in handy. We used a recipe from the food processor manual to make some delicious stir-fry the other night. Right now the manual is on the bookshelf, along with the manual for the rice cooker, the pressure cooker, the hand-mixer, and the blender. I wish I had a better way to store them. I’d like to have all of the recipes in one place and the appliance instructions somewhere else. The problem is that the pages are different sizes so I can’t just cut them apart and bind them as one unless I cut the pages to the same size as well, and I can’t do that without losing some of the recipe. I also don’t like they way they are bound. A saddle-stitched book with a cardstock cover feels like it was meant to be thrown away and it bothers me that I can’t do that.

Does anybody else have this problem? Does anybody have a solution? Does anybody care?

7 thoughts on “I’m too lazy to think for myself.

  1. I’m just shocked and amazed that you could actually find a recipe that you liked! I usually can’t bear the thought of making most of the recipes that come with the manuals. They usually seem gross, take way too much time for my liking, call for ingredients I would NEVER make my family eat (like velveeta cheese…blech), and so on. So I guess I have no advice, unless you want to painstakingly copy all the recipes over to a word document or something like that and have it bound like the Heiselt family cookbook. Anyways, good luck!!

  2. What about taking a few minutes to scan in the ones you like and having them for easy reading as a PDF or something? Less space for storage, easy to get to, very gree-minded after you recycle the original (or free-cycle it).

  3. This is lizzie, not micah.

    Ah yes, a scanner. Like the one that broke in transit between HI and NY? Maybe NYU has one I could borrow.

    And Jodie, I have actually never come across a recipe in a manual that had something like velveeta in it. In fact, the ones I can think of all seem to follow the current trend of local/organic/super fancy ingredients. The only complaint I have is that sometimes they say to use their product when it would be much easier to use something else. Like why use your rice cooker to cook chili when you have a stove?

    Of course when you don’t have a stove, as we didn’t for the first month we lived here, the user manual that tells you how to cook everything from chili to lemon sponge cake in your rice cooker becomes invaluable. :)

  4. i collect recipes too and don’t think i can be too helpful…but i have found a computer program where i can store my recipes. it lets me organize them into folders, place them on a calendar, and it’s also possible to create grocery lists. we have a laptop, which i can take near the kitchen.
    i’m afraid i don’t have any quick suggestions…and i too have a drawer full of cookbooks and manuals.

  5. I usually just file my manuals. Like Jodie, I don’t think I’ve ever really found a non-replaceable excellent recipe in my manuals, so I’m usually content to throw them in the file folder marked “manuals and warranties” and leave it at that. However, if it ever becomes necessary to cook a birthday cake in a rice cooker, I know just where to look! 😉

    I have been known, however, to hand-copy recipes out of magazines from the doctor’s office on the back of a receipt or envelope or any number of crazy-at-hand type things because I collect them too. I now have a file folder of those random recipes, too. Not terribly easy to search, but if there’s one I’m repeatedly looking for, I just take the time to copy it over to my computer or on the family website for safekeeping and because it saves the time it takes me to sort through a hundred disorganized recipes! Sorry, that probably wasn’t all that helpful.

  6. You could cut them out and glue them into a binder for recipes. But if they’re double sided, that wouldn’t work. I guess you could make copies. I’m not much help.

  7. I always throw them away. I think it’s cool that you can make all that stuff in a rice cooker. I seriously no idea–I guess thats why you should read the manual! :)

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