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You may have inherited a set of old family recipes, either from your parents, grandparents or from relatives. And, you would want to keep them safe, so that you can also share them with the rest of your family.
To this end, you will need to find a means of organizing, preserving and sharing this part of your family’s history with other members – so that they can also relive those tasty memories.
Fortunately, there are numerous ways of collecting, preserving and sharing old family recipes with other family members. In this guide, we will walk you through five easy ways of preserving and sharing family recipes. With that said, let’s get to it.
Create a Cookbook
Cookbooks offer an amazing but easy means of preserving and sharing family recipes. And creating one is not a complicated process. First, you need to collect all the family recipes that you want to share and then store them in a folder on your PC, mobile phone or USB flash drive.
From there, you need to find a platform that you can use, to create a cookbook. And, there are several DIY cookbook websites out there that you can use. They include Create My Cookbook, Heritage Cookbook, Morsel, Family Cookbook Project, Cookbook Create, Simply Cookbooks, and Recipe Cards, just to name a few.
Most of these platforms have a tutorial, which will take you through every step of creating the cookbook. Therefore, putting it together should be a straightforward process. Alternatively, you can hire a professional graphic designer to create the cookbooks for you.
Once you’ve settled on the final design, you simply need to print several copies and have them spiral-bound. You can then share these cookbooks during special family events like baby showers, weddings or get-togethers.
Make a Recipe Scrapbook
Creating a scrapbook can also be a great means of putting together old family recipes and preserving them. However, creating a scrapbook can take a considerable amount of time. But, if you are an aesthete, then creating a scrapbook will be fun and worth it.
To create a scrapbook, you will first need to reproduce them to reproduce the original recipes. By reproducing them, you will have enough material to create several copies. And at the same time, you will still retain the original recipes, should you ever want to hand them down to your children.
It will be highly advisable to have them scanned and printed. This way, you will retain the original color of the notes, as opposed to having them photocopied. From there, you simply need to buy a blank scrapbook and begin the process.
However, ensure you purchase a high-quality scrapbook for this project. Ideally, it should be waterproof. So, if your family members were to use it in the kitchen, it won’t get water damage.
Write a Blog
Blogging provides yet another option for preserving and sharing recipes. And, you don’t need to go all the way out when it comes to creating this blog. A simple, personal blog should be enough for the job.
In this blog, you will document the recipes that you want to share and then provide a link to your family members. You can also add some photos of the various foods being prepared by older family members.
When it comes to creating a blog, you can either opt for a free blogging platform or a self-hosted one. While a free blogging platform appears like the better choice, you don’t actually own it. One wrong step is enough for your recipe blog to be removed, meaning you will lose everything. So, you are better off with a self-hosted blog – as much as it will cost you money.
Share them on Social Media
There’s a high chance that most of your family members are on social media. And, such platforms provide an easier and faster means of sharing family recipes. You just need to head over to Facebook, form a group and then add all the family members that you want to share the recipes with.
Once you’ve formed a group, you then need to create recipe cards for all the recipes that you intend to share. Creating a recipe card is an easy process. You just head over to Canva, choose a recipe card template and then customize it. Also, you can use customizable Canva templates, from sellers such as ContentBASE. The templates from these types of bundles can easily be customized in Canva and save time.
After you’ve finished creating the recipe cards, you just need to add them to the family Facebook group. From there, the members can download any recipe card that they want, at their convenience.
Use an App
You can also share old family recipes through an app. Apps like Morsel allow users to store and share family recipes. You just need to create a group and then add your family members. They will then have access to all the recipes that you’ve stored there.
Preserving and sharing family recipes gives everyone an opportunity to revive their memories. Also, it will help to deepen a family’s bond and connections. And as you can see, you have several easy and incredible ways of preserving and sharing these treasured memories.