Are you a connoisseur of duck confit? Do you know the difference between flambé and frying? Have you discovered one of Anthony Bourdain’s favorite restaurants long before he started The Layover? You are a full-fledged foodie! To create your gastronomic feasts, your pantry likely boasts three unique baking sodas, 14 rare hot sauces and your Grandma Rose’s iron skillet. Needless to say, you spend a lot of time in your kitchen.
Here are some tips on how to organize your sacred space so you don’t waste time searching for specific ingredients, creating an unnecessary mess or throwing money away on double purchases. Then, you’ll have extra time for these sure-to-impress Valentine’s Day recipes.
In your pantry, consider organizing your sauces and spices on a Lazy Susan. That way, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for quickly and do a brief audit of your hot sauces before you run to the store. If your collection is exceptionally large, consider using two Lazy Susans: one for sauces and one for spices.
You’ve purchased stylish aprons and hand towels; so don’t hide them away in a drawer. If you’ve got it, flaunt it! Plus, you’ll be more likely to reach for your apron if it’s in plain sight.
Some dishes just get more love, so make it easy on yourself and reorganize your pantry. Place the most-used dishes on the bottom rack, and the rarely used pieces higher up. If that gravy boat from Aunt Sally hasn’t made an appearance on your table yet, it’s not going to anytime soon. Put it up top.
When you’re storing supplies, pair like-tools together. For example, have a “baking zone” and a “skillet zone.” That way, you won’t be digging through woks when you’re looking for your shortbread pan.
Label most-used items with a label maker to eliminate confusion, especially if you store them in unmarked containers.