This is the fifth part of an eight part series on how I reorganized my kitchen to work more efficiently.
As I have worked my way around the kitchen, reorganizing the cabinets full of food, I have found items that should have been in the baking cabinet and for some reason were not. Into the baking cabinet they went. The result was a very full baking cabinet!
|Before the reorganization began, the baking cabinet was full of items that didn't belong like tea and coffee.|
I am in this cabinet all the time. When you cook so much from scratch, the number of ingredients to store and manage can become overwhelming. I need to be able to quickly find what I need without having to remove half the items in the cupboard. I have lots of small items in this cabinet and a wide variety of
ingredients. Once again, the thing to do is divide and conquer!
I pulled everything out and wiped down the shelves. I then grouped the contents by type: Flours and oats, sugars and syrups, dried fruit, nuts, baking ingredients such as chocolate, sprinkles, food coloring and extracts and the items I use all the time - baking powder, soda, vanilla extract and baking spray. I removed some canning supplies, which I put with the home canned items.
|After: with non-baking items removed, there is room for ingredients that do belong such as dried fruit, nuts and oats.Mixing bowls were moved on to the counter under the cabinet .|
The flours and oats went back on the top shelf. The sugars and syrups in the middle and on the bottom shelf I put the dried fruit and nuts, the ingredients I use the most and the baking supplies. This last category I put in a container because so many of the items are small. It is also easy moved on and off the shelf when I am looking for an ingredient.
|By grouping like items together, finding ingredients is much easier.|
With everything sorted and put back, the cabinet doesn't seem overwhelming any more. Half the time it takes to bake something is finding and measuring a fairly long list of ingredients. With all the ingredients in the same place and sorted, this process will be quicker and more enjoyable.
|Keeping small like items together in a container keeps the shelf organized..|
Next week I'll tackle the worst of my cabinets: pots, pans, baking pans and dishes and small appliances. Lets all say a little prayer!
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