Where to store my favorite recipes

Pears -- A Pinch of Joy

Pears -- A Pinch of Joy

“How do I keep the recipes I know I will make again and again” is a question sometimes asked of me.    Of course, recipes will always be on A Pinch of Joy and you can search for them using the search bar. Or click the appropriate category at the top of the A Pinch of Joy page to visit the photo gallery. (You might find some new yums that way, too!)   There are also other alternatives. Choose the one that fits your style best.

  1.  Create an A Pinch of Joy folder in your bookmarks and bookmark the individual recipes into that folder.
  2.  Create an A Pinch of Joy board on Pinterest to save your favorite A Pinch of Joy recipes.   (And while you are doing that go on over to www.pinterest.com/charlenev and click “follow” to catch my pins on a wide variety of topics or just follow my Eat Healthy board for all the A Pinch of Joy recipes.)
  3.  Check out My Recipe Magic.  It is a free service which has a recipe book and shopping list and menu planning features.  I like and personally use this site, which also includes nutritional information on each recipe.  To reach my page from anywhere on A Pinch of Joy, scroll down to the footer  and click on the pink chef’s hat.   Many recipes on A Pinch of Joy will also show the My Recipe Magic icon – just click on it to go to the site.
  4.  Use Evernote. Or the Evernote Food App. Both are free and both sync to other devices. Either one is good for mobile use and you will always have your recipes with you, convenient for shopping. Saved recipes are searchable which is a timesaving feature. Saved recipes are also shareable, especially handy if more than one person in the family is cooking, or if you want to pass on a favorite recipe to someone else.
  5. Print your favorite A Pinch of Joy recipes using the print button embedded in each recipe and keep them in a binder for quick reference.

Other sites for recipe collection: I have not used any of these personally, just letting you know they are there! These are all free. Most of them do not have pictures associated with the recipe, a feature I prefer.  If you have a recipe storage site you like, please share in the comments!

My Online Cookbook
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Clean Your Refrigerator in Three Days – Day Three

A Pinch of Joy: Clean Your Refrigerator in Three Days -Day 3

  A Pinch of Joy: Clean Your Refrigerator in Three Days -Day 3

We’ve broken a big job into three smaller components that you can do at different times.  Small task components help utilize your time and energy more efficiently, to work around physical limitations or demanding babies, to reduce stress and find time for you.  This little secret of breaking a big job into smaller ones is invaluable!

You can find Day One  and Day Two by clicking the links.  Today we pay attention to the freezer compartment.   Cleaning the freezer is  easy because generally it does not get the traffic or the spills that the refrigerator compartment does.   I leave the refrigerator running as I do this because it is a fairly quick process.   I also usually plan cleaning the refrigerator/ freezer just before a stock up time so the shelves are somewhat empty.

First, remove the ice bin and dump the ice cubes.  If you have a garbage disposal, run the ice through to clean it.   I’ve also heard that keeps the disposal blades sharp, but I’ve just taken that as a fact.  Not sticking my fingers down there to find out!  Running ice through will help clean the disposal, as it tosses sharp ice chunks around and down the drain.  Let the cold water trickle during the process and be prepared to give a shot of hot water if a clog develops.

A Pinch of Joy: Refrigerator Freezer

In the meantime, wipe down the walls of the freezer compartment where the ice maker and bin belong.  Use warm water and a sponge.  My manufacturer’s manual says to add soda to the water if there are any odors in the freezer.  Wipe down the door gasket and the area where the gasket rests when the door is closed.   By now the ice should be through the disposal (bonus chore done!).  Wash the ice bin with warm water.  Use soda, sponge and elbow grease to remove any buildup.  Vinegar will also help remove buildup and is safe to use around food.   If there are any crevices in the ice bin and mechanism, pay special attention to them using a small brush or a toothpick point if needed.   Dry and replace the bin.

Clean the door shelves.  In my refrigerator these are not removable so I wipe them with a wet and squeezed sponge.  Mostly I use these for storing gel ice packs, nuts for cooking and, sometimes, Bytes’ burritos and other small things that might be needed quickly without a lot of hunting.  If the shelves in your refrigerator are removable, wash them with soap and water in the sink or throw them into the dishwasher with another load.   BTW,  I am compelled to tell you — those lines across the door pictured above are perforated vent holes, NOT dirt! 🙂

Begin with the top shelf.  Remove and sort through all the food, setting it on the counter or in empty laundry basket.  Wipe the walls, clean the shelf and replace the foods that belong there.   Move onto the next shelf.

A Pinch of Joy: Discard!

Discard anything that looks like this!  The USDA says that frozen foods will not spoil, but anything with freezer burn has lost its good qualities of taste and texture.  Out!   Click the link for a printable USDA  Freezer Storage Chart showing the optimum storage time of various foods at 0 degrees.

The refrigerator freezer is where I keep packages of vegetables, frozen dinners for quick meals and opened packages of frozen food.  These things get “lost” in the bigger freezer  and eventually just thrown away.  In the refrigerator freezer, I know what I have and where it is.  That package of peas that was opened to add half to a salad gets the other half added to a pot of soup because I will see it and remember to use it.  I also store meat here that I’ve purchased for a special recipe (usually for you, my lovelies!)  and sometimes it gets sidelined, like that package above.  For the most part however, using this method has greatly reduced the amount of food that has to be thrown out.


By now, we are at the bottom of the freezer where there is often a drawer.  Remove.  Don’t ask me how, but this area seems to collect dust, especially around that opening at the back.   The opening on yours may look differently or be located in a different spot.  It is where the water from the self defrosting process drains to a pan below where it evaporates into the air.  Clean by pouring or squirting  a  solution of 1 teaspoon soda mixed into two cups of hot water into the opening.  This water will also evaporate into the air.  You can do this regularly as a preventive or when necessary if you notice odors.


Clean the drawer area, wash the drawer in the sink with warm water, dry and replace in freezer.  Add food.  This is where I keep the larger opened packages of things like chicken breast.  And the inside of the refrigerator/freezer is all done.

We still have about ten minutes left in our thirty minutes allocated.  Clean the outside of the unit.  We did the top on Day ONE so no need to repeat.  Use your favorite cleaner– squirty stuff or mix in water stuff or special stainless cleaner.  Clean the doors and any sides that can be reached. Pay special attention to door handles and any crevices.  Thoroughly clean the water dispenser if you have one on the door.  Vinegar will help remove any water stains.


One last tip to help keep things in order for the next cleaning – and to make your life easier everyday.  That wire bin that holds the bags of vegetables is wonderful.  If you know me, you know I seldom pay regular price for anything.  I did for that basket and it was worth every penny!   You can pull it out, rifle through to find what you want and push it back in.  No balancing act or scooping packages off the floor necessary.

Shhh!  I know you should also clean underneath and behind but let’s do that when we deep clean the kitchen.


Just keepin’ it real – many refrigerators have something magnetic stuck on them.  This is the time to throw away the magnet phone number from the dentist that retired, the broken seashell from your beach visit 10 years ago or whatever else.  We live far from family so Christmas card photos often end up on the freezer door for most of the year.  It gives me joy to see them each day.  Display only the newest and arrange neatly.  Those drawings by a three year old framed with blue paper also give me joy  – I’m the one wearing earrings on your left!

And now you have a sparkling clean refrigerator inside and out, a system to manage the contents  and haven’t let anything else in your busy life slide to do it!   Enjoy!

Links to   Day 1   Day 2

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