One of the perks of my trip to Portland was swapping food and cooking tips with Julie.
Julie's kitchen is professionally equipped as you might expect with appliances, utensils and dishes, but what most impressed me is how organized Julie's kitchen was. Cabinets and drawers are functionally arranged, and her pantry, fridge, and freezer all well stocked.
This dazzled me because my kitchen organization is - well - fairly non-existent. I love my kitchen, it has beautiful cabinetry, ample counter space... and I adore my appliances. (my kitchen is actually in the front and back covers of Vive).
My pantry/fridge/freezer are always well stocked. Stocked, but not well organized! Most of my shelves and drawers are a mish-mash of elements. My biggest struggle is organizing my cupboards of dry goods and neatly storing such things as flours, grains, beans, sugars, and spices.
So, I bring you some tips from Julie's kitchen, because she is a wizard! First, in the picture above is flour. Embedded in the flour are a couple of dried bay leaves. Julie says the bay leaves keep bugs out of the flour in the warmer months... without imparting any flavor in your flours! Coincidentally, I have and use these exact same large glass jars for my flours - kind of neat - we picked them up at IKEA... not too expensive and definitely ideal for storage of large amounts of dry goods like flours.
Then, I noticed on Julie's jars some interesting labels. I have regular printer labels on my jars, but they are wearing and don't stand up to washing. Julie uses these labels pictured right. You can write on them but erase later if needed - AND they can be washed! Pick them up at your local office supplies store... I will be!
Here you see Julie has her quinoa clearly identified with these labels, and also her spices. She uses Mason jars for many of her larger quantities of spices.
Clever girl, this one! Hopefully we'll have more opportunities to hang out and learn from each other, though she certainly won't pick up any storage or organizing tips from me! :)