Monday, 12 April 2010

sugar and spice and all things nice...



Welcome to another corner of my crazed 'sleeping with the enemy' world. Organised food storage. Call me a diva, but I pretty much hate having to open and close kitchen cupboard doors. The boy isn't always necessarily around to do that for me so open shelving it had to be.

We have one big open shelf for all the best bits....the baking ingredients. These storage jars look so much prettier than stacks of packs, so I decant ingredients into them. It also makes it easy to find ingredients when speed baking. I stick a name label on any ingredients that are not so easily recognised, cutting it out from the packaging it came in and sticking on with tape. I also write the best before date on the bottom of anything that might not be used so often.

Hopefully I haven't scared you off too much just yet...last bit...To keep things in even more order, the shelf starts with dried fruits, nuts and seeds, moves onto flour etc, then sugars and finally other baking ingredients like vanilla pods, pudding rice & tapioca (yum yum), desiccated coconut & dessert spices.

Call me mad, but this is the kind of stuff that puts my world at peace! I might just save my spice storage reveal for another time then eh.

11 comments:

Ellen said...

I prefer the jars versus box. It is so much easier to find what you want with order too. Now I haven't got mine the way I would like it but I am trying to work on it. One of those Spring clean days each year I do a bit more. Spice area...I do look forward to that! Oh and your vanilla beans! I wish I could find a better place to buy mine than the good ole grocery store where 2 pods can set me back $7.00! Crazy.

marty and sharon said...

Hey Ellen, yeh I had a massive blitz when unpacking into our new kitchen and its really easy to maintain now. you should have no problem finding batches of (cheaper) v. pods online....just make sure you're happy with the quality of them first before buying a years supply!! x

GardenofDaisies said...

The jars in your open shelf pantry look so pretty! You are sooo organized!

Lilly Higgins said...

This looks great. I think you'll have to come and organise my shelves! I love having things organised like this. It really makes for a much more relaxing baking experience and looks gorgeous, plus you can see clearly whenever you're running out of something! x

DANDELION DAYDREAMER said...

I do this too! Although it makes resisting the biscuit jar even more difficult! You will probably love this link on other pantries...enjoy :)

http://designismine.blogspot.com/2010/04/interior-inspiration-from-pantry.html

Ciara said...

Here we go again. Those darn photos won't load! Although this time round I think I might be relieved...

(Whatever will she think if she ever sees the inside of this chaos we call home...eeek!)

I'll be back in the morning... C x

designheaven said...

you are a freak! only joking. please please organise my cupboards and stop my other half buying ingredients he never gets around to using!

Ciara said...

Yay! There they are! Just as I sent you that message. Typical.

I am suddenly reminded of similar jars my Nana had, and which my Mum now has the remainder of, and they had this cool thing that you could type out letters onto plastic tape that was sticky on the back, and then stick it onto jars or folders or what ever it was. Wow. Haven't thought about that in years!

I keep my grains etc in Kelkin Wheatgerm jars. Bit less spiffy than yours though!

Lorna said...

Your organisation puts me to shame - you would probably have a heart attack if you saw a photo of my large food cupboard. the jars look great.

Kristin said...

I'm currently obsessed with Le Parfait jars and am doing the same thing in my pantry. I was inspired by this photo, it makes me happy just to look at it! http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/entertaining/being-an-organized-parent-112624

Anonymous said...

This gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside!! Hurry up with the spice reveal!

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