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.
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.
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.