Three Ways To Preserve Vintage Recipes

Mrs. A. Recipes Thoughts in Passing Vintage Finds

Grandma’s handwritten recipes were sometimes written on index cards, but might just as easily been written on the back of an envelope or anything else that was handy at the time.  Most of the recipes were written in pencil and some of the papers have become tattered and fragile.

Grandma’s Fluffy White Frosting Recipe

Grandma’s Fluffy White Frosting Recipe

Just to give you an idea of how old some of these might be…when Grandma was born Grover Cleveland was president the 2nd time, and by the time she married, President Woodrow Wilson was in office.  She has been gone about 50 years so to hold her original handwritten recipes feels like holding a part of history…well at least it’s holding a part of MY family history.

Grandma’s Cranberry Salad Recipe

Grandma’s Cranberry Salad Recipe

Grandma’s Rich Shortcake Recipe

Grandma’s Rich Shortcake Recipe

How do you preserve these old recipes?  And how do you do it in a way to share them with other family members?  These two questions were the motivation behind this post.  So let’s explore Three Ways to Preserve Vintage Recipes!!

  • Family Recipe Book — You can do this by scanning the recipes and using one of the many online sources for printing recipe books.  You might consider Shutterfly or Heritage Cookbook. Be sure to include pictures of family members with the recipes and perhaps a short note giving family history or telling a special memory.  You can personalize this in a number of ways making it a real treasure to enjoy for years to come.
  • Canvas Recipe Print —  I’m sure you’ve seen canvas prints with photos or landscapes on them.  Why not a heritage print of a recipe?  Scan your recipe, go to Walmart Photo or Easy Canvas Prints and order your canvas print online.  You can frame it or just hang the canvas as is.
  • Frame Vintage Recipe — You might want to consider scanning the original recipe and framing the scanned copy.  If you frame the original, it could get damaged by light.  You can enjoy the framed recipe as part of your vintage decor and still safely preserve the original in an archival safe memory book.  To help you get started, here’s a DIY project for a Family Recipe Shadow Box.

I hope this post has been helpful to you.  Let me know what you think about these three methods of preserving vintage recipes.



16 thoughts on “Three Ways To Preserve Vintage Recipes

  1. Linda Stanchik| January 6, 2017 at 9:57PM

What fabulous ideas!! Thank you for this. I once said to my mom that I could type up her mom’s recipes for her to make things easier and she told me she likes the originals because they were written by her mom and her grandma, and seeing their handwriting brought back good memories. 

  • Mrs. A.January 6, 2017 at 11:03PM

I like the originals, too, Linda. They do bring back sweet memories. My mom passed away a few years ago and having some of her handwritten recipes is really pretty special.

  1. Laura CrummJanuary 6, 2017 at 10:20PM

Hmmmmm. Very interesting shadow box. I love what was done with the recipe, etc.

  • Mrs. A.January 6, 2017 at 11:04PM

I can just see your creative mind at work, Laura. :o)

  1. JD at ThirdShiftVintage.comJanuary 6, 2017 10:30PM

I absolutely love your ideas Mrs. A! Very clever. Handwritten recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation are a true treasure, and they deserve to be preserved in any way possible. Thank you for sharing your family recipes, and your ideas!

  • Mrs. A.January 6, 2017 at 11:05PM

You are sure welcome, JD.

  1. Laura's Last Ditch Vintage Kitchenwares| January 7, 2017 at 11:53PM

I like your idea of the family recipe book. Antique handwritten recipes are one of my favorite finds!
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  • Mrs. A.January 7, 2017 at 1:10PM

My sister made a family recipe book complete with history and pictures several years ago. It is definitely a favorite of mine! Thanks for commenting.

  1. Mary-Lou (Lizzy and Boo)January 7, 2017 at 8:39PM

Such fabulous ideas Mrs A – really love the family Recipe book idea! You have given me some food for thought(no pun intended) for a project to do later in the year!

  • Mrs. A.January 7, 2017 at 10:43PM

Thanks for stopping by, Mary-Lou. You’ll have to let me know how your recipe book project turns out. Good luck on it!

  1. Tina from Cherry Prairie| January 8, 2017 at 7:12PM

I love the idea of a family recipe book! It’s a wonderful way to share the recipes with the whole family, especially with added photos and bits of trivia and family history.

  • Mrs. A.January 8, 2017 at 7:29PM

Tina, thank you for commenting. I love family history so melding the old family recipes with history and pictures is a perfect fit for me.

  1. Mary| January 9, 2017 at 4:55AM

Great ideas for preserving family recipes! I especially like the idea of displaying them in the kitchen… Something to consider since I am getting ready to make some minor changes to my kitchen area! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Mrs. A.January 9, 2017 at 4:46PM

You are welcome, Mary. I want to hang some in my kitchen, too. Thanks for commenting.

  1. Tina| February 19, 2017 at 9:04AM

Love your ideas for preserving recipes Mrs A. I have my mother’s recipe stash and yes it is a little messy with newspaper and magazine clippings, recipe cards and handwritten recipes… even on a napkin. I love that it includes recipes written by my grandmother and great aunt to name a few. I consider it an heirloom and will pass it down to the younger generation.

  • Mrs. A.February 20, 2017 at 12:25PM

Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Tina. Sounds like you have quite a treasure of recipes. How precious! Enjoy them!


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