Pantry Mini Makeover
My newest obsession has to do with Whole Grain Flours and Baking. It was partially fueled by Kim Boyce’s brand new cookbook Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flours, which is a fantastic cookbook that I am currently baking my way through one recipe at a time (have done 4 of them already…see this blog entry). Anyhow, going out and acquiring all of these different flours — Teff, Amaranth, Spelt, Barley, Buckwheat, Corn, Kamut, Oat, Quinoa,Wheat, Rye….oh MY! My pantry quickly became a pile of BAGS of flour. What a mess.
I wish I had taken a BEFORE picture….alas.
Anyway. I got this idea in my head last weekend to head on over to the Container Store to see what I could do to make my Pantry a little more pleasing to the eye AND a little more functional with all these flours in hand. I had read in Kim’s cookbook that plastic is not what you want, as the little mites can get right through it. Glass apparently is the way to go. At the store I found the little beauties shown at the top of this blog article, and they were very inexpensive I may add!
They come in 3 sizes — 1 Qt, 2 Qt and Gallon size. I bought 4 Gallon ones (for White Flour, Wheat Flour, White Sugar and Powdered Sugar), and a bunch of 2 Qt sized ones. I didn’t buy any 1 Qt ones — I save my salsa jars and wash the labels of those and use those for things of small qty.
I am really pleased with how these have turned out in my Pantry. It is so fun and inspiring to walk in there and to see all these nicely labelled jars staring back at me, asking for me to bake something fun. For just around $100 I got a pleasing pantry mini-makeover and a smile on my face each time I open that pantry door that has lasted days now.