I know everything under the sun is digital these days and I may be completely on my own here, but I like to hold things in my hand. Pictures, lists, recipes… I like to have printed copies. One thing I do to save ink and paper and time is laminating popular recipes & charts.
Don’t get me wrong, I love reading a Kindle book as much as the next person. And as a food blogger, of course I read a million recipes online. But the ones that are keepers… I wanted a printed copy. And if it’s a recipe I’m going to use over and over again – I don’t want to print it every time I want to make the recipe.
Another thing that happens at my house a lot is kids cooking. My kids take turns cooking supper at least 2-3 times a week. They also love to make desserts (go figure) and they work for me in my cake business.
To keep them from having electronics in the kitchen (and risk spilling things on them), I like to also have their favorite recipes printed and laminated.
Here’s what used to happen. My kids decide they want to make these cookies. I don’t really like for them to have my laptop in the kitchen to look up the recipe, so I print them a copy.
Blink and that copy is torn, dripped on, wet, etc. So I print another… and the same thing happens again!
Seeing my frustration at printing the recipe for the zillionth time, my son Joshua had the brilliant idea to laminate it. He got even smarter by laminating it with an old magnet (see the Allstate magnet?). So now we have a copy of the recipe that can be used again and again. Also – it sticks to our frig.
Why? Because we need it to be easy to find if there’s an emergency that requires cookies (wink, wink!). Ya’ll have those too, right? No? Nevermind.
Anyway, it was a perfect idea! I never have to search for our recipe OR print a copy again!
After seeing how great this worked out, I’ve laminated dozens of other popular recipes that we make over and over again. I also laminted my charts that I use for cake servings, fondant coverage, base cake prices, etc.
Having them laminated and stacked in my kitchen makes them easy to find, protects them from damage, and saves me time and paper in the long-run!
And if you’re wondering… I use a Scotch Laminator that went on sale a couple of years ago and I usually get my Laminating Pouches from Officemax.com.