How do keep your logbook, if you keep one?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by gregor, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. gregor

    gregor Smoke Blower

    Starting to acquire bits and pieces of paper and electronic files with scribbled notes, I'd like to get it a bit better organized..

  2. Excel spreadsheets.

    All begins with a single spreadsheet, now it's one for each type of meat, veggie, etc.

    I.e. chicken, pork, beef, etc.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2016
  3. bbqwillie

    bbqwillie Smoking Fanatic

    Old School...... bound composition notebooks.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2016
  4. smokesontuesday

    smokesontuesday Smoking Fanatic

    Cheese log is in an old school bound notebook.

    Originally I had one each for cheese, pork, beef, and poultry but the protein books quickly outgrew themselves and I moved them to Excel spreadsheets.
  5. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    All in my head. Do I remember everything from every cook. Nope. But I remember the important parts. Don't sweat the little stuff. By not keeping a log I have learned to make good food by instinct.
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I keep a recipe book & constantly change the individual recipes until I get exactly what I want.

    The recipe will contain all the variables, including smoker, smoke time, wood, smoker temp. etc.

    And of course ingredients & instructions.

  7. radioguy

    radioguy Smoking Fanatic

    Spiral bound notebook. Date time weather, meat type, size. Start stop times, comments on what I did differently, food & bad.

    Last edited: Jun 9, 2016
  8. Ok..I am ready for the rolling of many eyes. I keep the journal and more in a WordPress blog site using categories, tags and the search box to help me find related cooks to decide about the next "experiment". Each cook is a post and sometimes, like last weekend, I did a post of the standing rib pork roast and one for the tomatoes and japs smoked for salsa.

    I like it on line as I can update it during lunch at work, access it while at the country house, include photos, etc. We also use it for more than smoking and grilling events; i.e. anything we want to find one day and repeat related to cooking. It has many links to other sites including links to all the step-by-steps and recipe link collections here at SMF.

    For years we tried to keep a master table of contents that cited which cookbook had the _____ recipe that was great. The site is becoming our master link to the cook books, recipes we like, want to try, resource sites, on-line cookbooks and techniques, etc. 

    Yup, compared to most it is way geeky but also comforting that I know where everything is or links to where I can find it and repeat that special [anything] we had years ago. Our site is under a private domain but you can have the same thing for free at A simple spreadsheet in a book binder would be less time consuming but for a geeky sort of person that time is fun.
  9. bilgeslime

    bilgeslime Fire Starter

    I'm using excel but like the sound of Wordpress. I maintain a couple of websites. 
  10. @Sundown Farms  What's your site?
  11. garyinmd

    garyinmd Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Evernote has a free version that I use of recipes.  I use excel for individual smokes.

  12. IdSmokeThat - I sent you a PM. Hope you got it.
  13. Thank you.
  14. I also use evernote.  I created a notebook for my BBQ log.  I like evernote b/c it's easy to document with pictures and text.  Also, it syncs across devices and I can add recipes and other ideas to it from the internet version of evernote.

    I like the idea of the website that Sundown uses.

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