From Michelle (What's Cooking Blog), in San Rafael, California:
With my daughter home sick today (presumably with H1N1), I was feeling a bit stir crazy and decided to reorganize my kitchen cabinets. It was definitely time -– I was starting to buy items at the store and then find the same thing buried behind other food. Plus, I was at my wit’s end after pulling out yet another empty cereal box! (My kids tend to pull the bag out of the box to pour their cereal, and then forget where it lives.)
Right beside the door when you enter our kitchen, we have a tall and deep cabinet that I use for storing food. The depth can become a problem, since things tend to get lost in the back. On the top shelf, I have cans of food on the right side, a box of bulk nuts in the back, and some pumpkin seeds and Indian food towards the left. Below that is my favorite shelf! I use the coated wire “drawers” to hold grains and pasta. They are fantastic because they can hold similar items together and allow me to utilize the full depth of the cabinet. To the right, I have bulkier bags and boxes of rice and polenta.
On the shelf below the grains, we keep our snacks. The box on the right contains bars and fruit leathers for the kids. Towards the back, I keep all of the unopened bags of chips etc. In the front, we keep the items that are open and available for snacks or school lunches. Right now, the kids are most excited about our “boo chips!” The homeless cereal bags are below, next to a tub of Nutella that my daughter loves on toast, topped with melted cheese. (She is very proud of that creation!)
This cabinet is above the counter to the right of our gas stove. I keep items in here that I want easy access to while I am cooking. On the left side are vinegars, oils, broths and miscellaneous sauces and condiments. The right side contains our cereal (mostly sticks and twigs and oatmeal) and some sweet treats, such as cookies and our stash of Halloween candy. Notice that they are out of the kids' reach -– to be doled out on occasion.
This cabinet is above the counter to the left of our stove. This is where I keep all of my baking ingredients, such as flours, sugars, honey, extracts, sweetened condensed milk and chocolate.
Thanks for letting me share. Now that I can see the back of my cabinets again, I feel pretty accomplished :-)
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