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How to Protect Cookbooks from Food Splatters

Martha Stewart Living, February 2011

Cooking can be messy business, but your cookbooks don't have to show it. To keep one pristine -- and open to the page you're using -- just place it inside a plastic envelope from an office-supply store.

Clear horizontal envelope, 18 inches by 12 inches, $3.50, paperpresentation.com.

Comments (11)

  • DuchessVicky 4 Mar, 2011

    I went on the website provided...paperpresentaion.com....to see this "clear horizontal envelope" and could not find it...looked everywhere on the site and even searched it. My advise would be that when you folks put a link for a product that we need, you alert them so that we are easily guided to the item.

  • buscari 2 Mar, 2011

    Buy clear vinyl "fabric" to generously cover (width of open book) x (length of book from bottom of back over top and down front). (If book has rings, [filtered word] punch deep enough for open book--to hold in place!) Toss in the sink after a cooking frenzy, wash and dry! Simple, cheap and C.L.E.A.N.! Decorate, if so inclined! Your local, national box store certainly has this "fabric" in various wts.!

  • moj400 1 Mar, 2011

    I copy my most often used recipes on 4 x 6 index cards and store them in photo albums, the kind with the plastic sleeves for the photos. I have separate albums for main dishes, salads, desserts, etc. Keeps the recipes clean and easy to find.

  • geoferr 1 Mar, 2011

    Very clever idea, Middlekid.

  • ILoveThatRed 1 Mar, 2011

    Save $$'s on buying horizontal envelopes. Slide your cook book into a clear plastic AVERY PV119 - size: 8 1/2 X 12 - 3 ring note book protector sheet. Wipe clean when necessary!

  • middlekid 1 Mar, 2011

    I put a 9 x 13 clear pyrex dish on top of my cookbook to protect it and hold stiffer books open. It also has the bonus of slightly magnifying the print.

  • middlekid 1 Mar, 2011

    I put a 9 x 13 clear pyrex dish on top of my cookbook to protect it and hold stiffer books open. It also has the bonus of slightly magnifying the print.

  • vbaragiola 1 Mar, 2011

    The title of the recipe is Chocolate Salted-Caramel Mini Cupcakes, and it is from Martha's Cupcake cookbook. I was able to read the recipe title in the picture and then I googled the recipe and someone mentioned that in Martha's book the recipe is there. But there are other similar recipes online if you don't have the book. You can always try the library as well.

  • janinesfunday 1 Mar, 2011

    I want that recipe in the cookbook pictured! Anyone recognize it? Looks like my kind of cupcake. YUM!

  • ojolie 1 Mar, 2011

    Sometimes I enjoy the evidence of favorite recipes in my cookbooks. I can't say I remember with joy each splatter and smudge but it does remind me of the enjoyment shared with family and friends. As seen, this protector will be great for recipes using chocolate - and who doesn't use chocolate? In my kitchen, I will need rolls of dropcloths!!

  • cleanergirl 1 Mar, 2011

    For recipes I use over and over ,I have a separate folder. I copy them on notebook paper and post it on my refrigerator when cooking/baking. They are easy to refer to and stay clean that way.