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How do keep your logbook, if you keep one?

post #1 of 15
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Starting to acquire bits and pieces of paper and electronic files with scribbled notes, I'd like to get it a bit better organized..

 

Thoughts?

post #2 of 15

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.

post #3 of 15

Old School...... bound composition notebooks.

post #4 of 15

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.

post #5 of 15
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.
post #6 of 15

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.

 

Al

post #7 of 15
Spiral bound notebook. Date time weather, meat type, size. Start stop times, comments on what I did differently, food & bad.

RG
Edited by RadioGuy - 6/9/16 at 4:50am
post #8 of 15

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 WordPress.com. A simple spreadsheet in a book binder would be less time consuming but for a geeky sort of person that time is fun.

post #9 of 15

I'm using excel but like the sound of Wordpress. I maintain a couple of websites. 

post #10 of 15
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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 WordPress.com. A simple spreadsheet in a book binder would be less time consuming but for a geeky sort of person that time is fun.

@Sundown Farms What's your site?

post #11 of 15

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

 

Gary

post #12 of 15

IdSmokeThat - I sent you a PM. Hope you got it.

post #13 of 15

@Sundown Farms I got it!  It's a great looking site!

post #14 of 15

Thank you.

post #15 of 15

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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