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Posted Jul 19 2010 7:31pm


If you’re anything like me, your recipe books are neatly displayed in your kitchen while your drawers are busting at the seams, full of random loose recipes you’ve collected from decades passed. I decided this week to add another bullet point on that already dreadfully long to-do list – I’m going to finally organize all those tasty recipes. From Apple Tarts to Zucchini bread, every last random clipping, note, and printed paper is finally finding a more suitable home. While I’m at it, I’m going to reorganize that pantry too. I can’t begin to tell you how many emails I get about how to store nuts, flaxseeds, and other vegan goodies. This has given me the much needed impetus to start posting it all. So grab a cup of tea, get comfortable and start bookmarking.

I started looking around on Etsy, always an excellent resource for one-of-a-kind creations. (almost drifted over to the aprons, but controlled myself and remained focused on task at hand.)

Letterpressed recipe cards and dividers from One Canoe Two

This darling little collection is the star of the shop! From the illustrations straight out of a sketchbook, to the custom wooden box which she makes in her Dad’s woodshop, this is a true one-of-a-kind heirloom item!

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Modern Letterpressed CUSTOMIZED Recipe Cards from dezigndaze.

These cute recipe cards make such a great gift for your loved ones or your own kitchen. They are blank for you to write your recipe.
for just $4 more, you can email me upto 5 recipes and have them neatly typed on the cards (as shown in the photo)

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Recipe card and box from Colettepaperie .

Every item in this shop is handmade. Items are packaged in resealable cellophane sleeves, and then wrapped in tissue paper, tied in baker’s twine, and stickered. Rest assured your item will arrive safe and pretty! The tissue wrapping has been known to work well as gift wrap!

Now, that we’ve cleaned up the drawers, lets make our way over to the pantry…

I’m assuming you’ve previously visited my pantry page, made that shopping list and have since gone to the grocery store – now, returning home (victoriously) with bags full of healthy dry goods and tasty vegan treats. So, lets talk about how to store and organize those fancy new items.

It’s ok to drool, yes, that modular pantry is amazing. If you’re in the market for renovating yours or adding a dream pantry to your new home, click here . For the rest of us, we’ll just have to settle on reorganizing the one we’ve got.

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  • Obviously, you want to store all your cans with the labels facing out, that way you know what you got. I have two sides to my canned goods shelf, one for beans (we consume a whole lotta legumes in the Atchison household) and the other side for canned fruits, like pineapple chunks and other items such as canned coconut milk.
  • Another grand idea is to have a ‘guest’ shelf. Designate a shelf that has all the things necessary for unexpected visitors, drink mixes, easy to make muffin mixes, chips, crackers, fancy vegan cookies, noshing foods and other items.
  • Remember, for safety purposes, try not to store your heavy or glass items on the top shelves. Trust me, the first time you have a can drop from the top shelf and land directly on your big toe, it quickly becomes a lesson not to forget.
  • Add rails on the outer edge of the shelf to keep things tucked back.
  • Store your items like, sugars, beans, quinoa etc. in large clear glass jars. Stay away from that plastic tupperware. If you must use plastic, try to get the brands that advertise BPA on their labels.
  • Nuts: Store shelled nuts at room temperature for up to three months. Store shelled or unshelled nuts in the refrigerator for up to six months, or in the freezer for a year or more.
  • Store all your ground flaxseeds in the freezer.
  • Store your flours in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage and, if you live in warm weather climates, to keep pesky little bugs out.

Here are a few great storage containers…

www.itsfordinner.com suggested these fantastic containers for your pantry’s dry goods.

The airtight seal can be opened and closed with one hand
Lid can be easily cleaned

A square shape holds more volume than the more common round containers. Sized with stacking in mind. Get them here .

For the refrigerator.

Frigoverre Glass Storage Containers

Made of hygienic glass that allows you to view contents easily and configured in space-saving shapes, Frigoverre’s tight-fitting plastic lids seal in freshness and keeps odors out. Dishwasher-safe. Made in Italy.

Get them here .

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Do you have some cool ideas, tips, or tricks for the community? Please share, post your comments below.

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