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 Post subject: Ways to organize dried "things" in the pantry
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:21 am 
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I'm on a pantry organization spree since we just bought a fridge that will be delivered next week (squee!). One of the problems I've run into is how to organize dried things. I'm not talking about spices or flours, because I have those sorted into glass jars. I'm talking about big dried chiles, mushrooms and fruits. I want an efficient, but also nice looking way of organizing these things. Right now they are floating around in their bags and often slip behind the pantry only to be discovered in moments like this.

Anyone have cool ways of organizing these sorts of pantry items? I can't get good chiles over here, so I usually bring them back from the states, so I have a lot at the moment!


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:44 am 
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I just shove 'em in mason jars or old pickle jars.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:59 am 
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Mars wrote:
I just shove 'em in mason jars or old pickle jars.


Or jam jars (mayo jars!) depending on size.
I alternate between liking no labels on them, and making my own ridiculous ones.

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 Post subject: Re: Ways to organize dried "things" in the pantry
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I came to the realization that just more jars is the answer. Sigh. I love the way the jars look, but there are so many of them! Haha. I think I'm just going to cram all of the chiles into one jar and remember which is which since I don't have room for multiple jars of different chiles.


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 Post subject: Re: Ways to organize dried "things" in the pantry
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:31 am 
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I put a lot of that stuff in jars, too. One other trick I do that helps keep things tidy is store the non-smelly things (so like dried fruits, not dried mushrooms) in their plastic bags inside a clear plastic shoe box. I store my sugars the same way (granulated comes in a giant Costco bag - all the other less frequently used ones go in a bin).


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:44 pm 
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pickledtreats wrote:
I came to the realization that just more jars is the answer. Sigh. I love the way the jars look, but there are so many of them! Haha. I think I'm just going to cram all of the chiles into one jar and remember which is which since I don't have room for multiple jars of different chiles.

Maybe tape little identification pictures to the jar in case you forget which is which?


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:07 pm 
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We have a few stackable airlock rectangular containers and a couple baskets for things in bags or packs.

Mostly, it's considered successfully organized when stuff no longer falls and hits us on the head.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:27 pm 
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I have some jars, but find it hard to keep up with, so most of my stuff goes in baskets. I just sort things by type- so one for dried fruit and nuts, one for grains and beans, one for snacky things, one of random bob's red mill flours, one of all the "weird" ingredients, ect. The baskets I have are just a little shorter than the height of my shelves, so all you see is the pretty baskets and not the ugly plastic packages.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:00 am 
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I have a serious lack of storage space in my kitchen so most of my dried things are just chucked in a cupboard. It would be really nice to get them organised though so perhaps I'll look into some of the suggestions on this thread :)


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Grains, pasta, lentils etc. I put in cleaned out jars, nuts and fruit in an acacia wood bowl and vegetables in a vegetable crate on the counter....easy access.

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for those smaller bags, when you don't have enough for a whole glass jar, i have a few large tupperwares that i throw the half bags of pasta, open things of beans, cornmeal, etc. into. smaller dried fruit takes up the "egg shelf" in the fridge.

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 Post subject: Re: Ways to organize dried "things" in the pantry
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Good timing on this thread! I've decided to convert my den closet to a pantry since it's mostly storing things that we should simply throw out. The problem is, we have been having a pest problem (we've been trying to get at them with live traps, no dice so far, but different post or a different thread) and I know the little buggers have been in that closet. I'm really going to have to dedicate myself to collecting glass containers but have been torn about how to deal with different flours and grains, since mason jars aren't going to be big enough. I like reading how others organize their pantries.

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There are big Mason jars, too. 64 oz ones. Otherwise, I put them in multiple smaller ones. The glass should keep pests out.

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 Post subject: Re: Ways to organize dried "things" in the pantry
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I use big mason jars and small mason jars, and then I took an idea off Pinterest...I painted the lids with chalkboard paint, and then I write in chalk what's inside. You can also write the date of when you bought it which is good for spices...I have all of my spices in really tiny mason jars that are used normally for jam I believe. It looks really great and keeps things organized! Plus, I like having that kind of jar for spices because it's easy to get measuring spoons in there.

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 Post subject: Re: Ways to organize dried "things" in the pantry
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I bought a ton of these in three different sizes from my nearby Crate & Barrel outlet:

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The genius part of the design is that the bottom of the jar locks into the lid of the jar below it, so you can stack them without a scary Jenga-type situation on your hands. Just don't microwave them or spill hot water on them, or else they will melt and won't lock together anymore!

The smallest ones are perfect for storing individual serving-size portions of pesto and tossing in the freezer.

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Moon wrote:
I'm really going to have to dedicate myself to collecting glass containers but have been torn about how to deal with different flours and grains, since mason jars aren't going to be big enough. I like reading how others organize their pantries.

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Also, if you search online for 'gallon jar', there are those also!
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 Post subject: Re: Ways to organize dried "things" in the pantry
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I store most things in quart-sized Mason jars, but my flours, wheat gluten, and oats are in gallon Anchor Hocking glass cracker jars. They have them at Target for $6 (and the Container Store for slightly more $).


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