Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pros and Cons and Kitchen Shelves

 Pro: Reading Mary Ostyn's book Family Feasts for $75 a Week has led me to begin making most of our sauces, dressings, spice mixes, refried beans and even some soup mix at home. Reading Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking has led me to begin tinkering with making our bread at home.

Con: Making all of this at home has led to a spice, flour and yeast supply that dwindles much more rapidly than I've been accustomed to.

Pro: A rapidly dwindling spice supply has led to a new section of my shopping list: bulk foods store (Winco). I have not shopped there in years, as it's a lengthy drive. However, now I think the drive will be worth it if I can accumulate a long enough list.

Con: The first trip to the bulk foods store in over 6 years landed me with a mound of bulky spice bags... and no room in my spice drawer or pantry for the new additions:

Pro: No room for stocking up on the staples has led to dollar-store glass latching jars (accented by chalkboard roll labels) and the re-arranging of a kitchen shelf...
from this:
to this:

I think this will be a temporary place for the jars, as they are a little too close to the shelf's edge for my liking. For now, though, there they sit-- short and stout and wonderfully accessible.

Side note: no, the bulk foods store did not have looseleaf vanilla black tea. Would that they did! My current favorite tea just needed a nice home, so it joined ranks with the frequently-used-spices on the shelf.

Now, where to put my displaced recipe box? Oh, the never-ending shuffle in the search for perfect storage...

If you stock up on pantry staples, where do you store yours?

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