For the past few days, since Memorial Day, every time I walk out of our bathroom it feels like I can hear the angels singing. This is what I’m calling eye candy that tastes just as good as it looks!
Let’s take a moment shall we? A deep breath in, a deep breath out…Ahhhhhhh.
We have been using these OXO containers for a while now. Last year I showed you how this space first took shape when we added the two top shelves and created a pantry space. Since then we have continued to use the top two shelves along with another set of containers that was hidden away in one of our kitchen cabinets.
However, now that I’ve been making homemade granola and finally learned how to cook dry beans (it only took me almost ten years of being married to someone who grew up in Mexico to finally learn), I found that I could definitely make use of a few more containers.
There was also a shelf already attached to the brick a little lower down that I could conveniently stack some more containers on. So I brought the ones from the cabinet to this space and had room for a few more.
Since these containers in particular run quite pricey I only buy them when they are on sale. The things I love about them most are the easy pop lids, the see through containers, the various sizes and the grooves in the lids that allow you to stack them on top of each other easily.
As Memorial Day approached I checked out the paper for coupons and headed to some department stores to see what I could find. You can find these containers sold in box sets for a discounted price. However, I like to buy some of the bigger containers and in sizes that I know will work with my space and for storing the things that we use most.
For instance these smaller ones aren’t my favorite (but I needed a few to have things stack evenly) because they can hardly fit anything in them. Yet, they are good for some things like a small bag of almonds.
The larger containers are nice for putting a whole bag of tortilla chips in or a full tub of oatmeal. You also want to be careful that your containers aren’t too big and wasting space. Some of the mid-size containers work really well too.
We’ve usually had success with things staying fresh. The only things I’ve noticed don’t keep for a long time are crackers and the small marshmallows. We also tried storing Takis in a container once and found that the strong flavor was absorbed into the container. I managed to get rid of it with time and a little newspaper trick.
For the most part we keep all of our staple items here like flour, sugar, rice, beans, oatmeal, popcorn kernels, coconut & pasta. Then in the rest we keep some staple snacks like tortilla chips & nuts and like to switch up the rest with various other snack items.
Another great feature is being able to be flexible with what is stored so I don’t label containers. With a family our size and guests frequenting often no container stays full for long.
Come grocery day all I have to do is take a quick inventory and I know just what I need.
I hope those little tips help you discover what might work for your pantry. And if nothing else we can all use a little glimpse of eye candy on a Friday. Have a great weekend!
If you were on a desert island and you could only take three of your favorite things from your pantry what would they be? Mine…rice, beans and popcorn. I can’t wait to hear yours!
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