Learn All About Collecting Heirloom Recipes

Every family is full of unique culinary traditions that are well worth protecting. One way to honor these memories is collecting heirloom recipes. This can be a wonderful way to reconnect with the ones you love, while creating a resource that future generations can enjoy as well. Sharing favorite recipes can also be an excellent starting point for having the Talk of a Lifetime!

Gathering Recipes

Think back on your favorite food memories from childhood. Do you remember grandma’s freshly baked cookies during the holidays? Did dad’s secret barbecue recipe cause a commotion every summer? Make a list of your favorite foods and reach out to your family members for more information. They’ll be happy to know that their recipes stood the test of time! Of course, the directions and ingredients list are crucial, but it’s also fun to get a little bit of history about each dish. Who created the recipe? How long has it been in the family? You just might get a lesson in genealogy while creating your family recipe box! This can also be a great time to have The Talk of a Lifetime, so you can get to know your loved one even better.

Assembling Your Collection

After accumulating a stack of recipes, think about how you’d like to display them. Are you creating a recipe box for your own personal use, or would you like to create a resource for the whole family? Here are a few suggestions to present your collection in a personal way.
  • A classic recipe box is a simple and easy way to showcase the family recipes. Use a stack of index cards to write the recipes or create your own custom cards with acid-free paper. Don’t forget to decorate the box!
  • Why not make a family cookbook for the holidays? You can easily upload text and photos onto the computer and print out multiple copies for the group. For a personal touch, you can even try your hand at scrapbooking.
  • Consider going digital by creating a blog or website, dedicated especially to the family’s recipes. Email your friends and family to share the link, and you can introduce tons of new people to your favorite dishes!
Download our free Activity Guide and write down your favorite recipes in the Recipe Corner section on page 16!