Happy New Year! I have about 16 blog posts I need to post on here (they won't be seasonally appropriate but that's okay) but before that I wanted to make a post about organizing the pantry! We are super short on storage space in our apartment kitchen, and instead of making the most of the space we do have I am very guilty of just shoving it all in the cabinet. Over the past 2 years it has gotten out of control and I end up re-buying ingredients that I already have because I can't ever find what I need. I wanted a solution that could work in a small amount of space (we have 1 cabinet with 2 shelves to hold basically our entire pantry) and that wouldn't break the bank either. Enter this blog post. I loved how it displayed the ingredients in a visual manner so that I could see immediately what I was low on. Also we have been using Weck jars instead of traditional tupperware for the past couple years and are so happy with it--such sturdy glass that washes up beautifully and never smells weird and can be microwaved safely! Also the mouths of the jars are wide and can fit a 1C measuring cup which is perfect. I bought 4 1.5L Weck jars for the ingredients I go through the fastest (powdered sugar, flour, bread flour, and granulated sugar) and 6 1L jars for the stuff I use in small quantities (chocolate chips of all varieties, gluten free flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder). I love it though because it's so customizable, and you can do it for grains, dried fruit, nuts, etc too if you are a healthy person (in contrast to me hehe).
To label the jars I used a medium point oil-based white sharpie paint pen from Michaels (hello 40% off 1 item coupons). If you mess up you can easily take the paint off with 100% acetone and a paper towel. You can also do this if you want to change the label later for a different food. The paint is waterproof too which is great for baking!
Here's what it looked like when I finished! I didn't take a picture beforehand but it was SUCH a disaster. I also used smaller mason jars we had lying around for salt, baking powder, and baking soda, and I finally organized all my food coloring, piping tips, and cookie cutters into plastic containers.
On the non-sprinkle front I am almost done interviewing for residency!! I have 2 more to go, and Noah has about 6 more to go so we are in the final stretch. So many people have been so good to us on the trail, giving up their couches, air mattresses, and beds to help us save some $$$. I wish I could bake each of you all a cake because we are so so grateful!