WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME TO HAVE A WELL-STOCKED AND ORGANIZED BAKING CUPBOARD AND HERE’S HOW TO GET THE LOOK !
Living in the country over an hour away from anything that resembles a health food store is one reason I need to keep the pantry stocked. I do most of my ordering online the things I need just can’t be found in my neck of the woods.
There’s nothing I hate worse than to be thumbing through one of my favorite cookbooks and find something that I’m wanting to bake only to find out I don’t have all the ingredients. Around here our meals are planned a week in advance. Ingredients are gathered and ready for baking for that one day of the week that I fire up the oven and get it all done. Bagels and pumpkin bread seem to be on my to bake list every week right now. We tend to go through phases with baked goods, as I’m sure your family does as well.
Airtight glass jars is what works best for me. I’ve tried using mason jars with rings and lids but things didn’t remain fresh. Plastic is a no-no for me but I’m still trying to break hubby of his plastic storage bowl thing. Food tastes like plastic to me if it’s stored or nuked in it. Hubby on the other hand hates glass. Since I do the shopping and meal prep I keep everything in glass and let hubby have his plastic bowl to eat from.
Redoing a pantry or starting one from scratch can get costly with all the storage jars. Price wise the best buy I’ve found has been at Menards. Three glass airtight jars, a large, medium, and small all come in a box for $6.99. You can see those sizes in my baking cupboard. As for the quality, they’re thicker and heavier than a standard mason jar. My hopes are for them to last a lifetime with only having to replace the seals from time to time. Hand washing them will be the key to keeping them in the best shape. Dishwashers are great for getting the job done but hand washing will keep that metal latch in better shape.
BAKING FROM SCRATCH
To avoid any grain or sugar in my diet I’m on a mission to bake and cook most things from scratch. For some reason grain bothers my breathing. Many say it gives them stomach issues but for me I constantly have a stuffy nose if grain is in my diet. Since going grain and sugar free I’ve also noticed a food sensitivity to tomatoes that I never knew I had before. That bright, shiny, red fruit gives me heartburn. Cleaning up my diet really makes me aware of things that don’t agree with me. More time is needed with meal prep when baking from scratch but the benefits out way the time it takes.
You’ll have to admit having a pretty pantry just screams bake from me! No one wants to open a cupboard and not be able to find what you’re looking for. Baking’s not fun under those circumstances, so why not make what I have be eye candy?
Knowing I’d need to label all those jars was just part of the fun I had while getting organized. Originally I thought I’d make pretty labels out of vinyl on my Cricut but I quickly changed course. Hand writing them seemed more appropriate. Using a water based Sharpie I could wash the label off them at any time and rewrite it’s new contents. If I’d used vinyl it would end up being a much bigger job to swap out the labels. Here’s a little trick I use when labeling. I write the content on the front of the jar and on the back I write the brand and store it was purchased from. When I need to repurchase I already know what brand I liked the best, and from what source I got the best price. I’ve found not all ingredients are the same. In many cases when it comes to baking, brands do have different results. Now I know what works for me and as a reminder all I have to do it turn to the back of the jar to reorder the same product.
Opting for containers that are see through keep me on my toes when it comes to making out my grocery list. When I can see its contents I know when it’s time for a reorder. Before I’d keep flours in their original zip lock bag and fling it back in the cupboard. I’d get to the store and have no idea if I had one bag or twenty of that item. Now I can just glance and see what I do or don’t need.
Here’s a source list for either the same or similar pantry items.
- 4 Jar assorted size
- Large 67 oz glass jar
- Medium 38 oz glass jar
- Small 17 oz glass jar
- Small wooden spoons
- Water based Sharpie
Next on my list to organize is my spices and our food pantry so come back soon and see how that projects going!