February 19, 2009
Yep, you read that right. I’m in love. Head over heels, in fact. But don’t start planning the wedding yet, SisMama. The object of my affection is not tall, dark and handsome but instead is short, clear and square! I’m in love with these OXO Good Grips POP Storage Containers that I found!
Oh. My. Gosh. I know that I live in Picky Town, and that I have a bad case of Martha Stewart Flu, but these things are seriously off the chart. I’ve been looking for a new pantry organization system for a while. I know, it’s borderline pathetic that I just uttered that phrase, but bear with me. I’ve been using this “system” for my baking ingredients.
It seemed messy and unorganized to me, and it certainly wouldn’t withstand a swarm of locusts or any other kind of varmint infestation that might befall my kitchen. You never know, it could happen! At the very least, a family of weevils could move into my pantry, so I ended up keeping the open bags of flours in the freezer, and my little freezer doesn’t have space for that. It barely has room for all the bags of nuts and baking chocolates I keep in there, not to mention food for BigSis and the furkids. So, I determined that I needed canisters that were 1) clear, 2) square or rectangular to be more space efficient and easy to scoop out of, and 3) airtight for freshness and bug-free-ness (if that’s a word).
Enter the OXO Pop Containers. I bought 4 as a test to see how they worked out, and here’s the result:
Ahhhh. Do you hear angels singing? I do. These make me so happy! The good news: I love these! I almost had to smoke a cigarette after I got them filled and labeled, and I don’t even smoke! The bad news: these are pricey little buggers! I rewarded myself with these because I had a yukky doctor’s appointment the other day, and I always get myself a treat if I’ve been a big girl and not whined or cried about doing something I REALLY REALLY didn’t want to do. I’d love a pizza reward, but that would kind of defeat the purpose of working my fanny off at the gym 5 days a week and trying to eat well, right? So, my treat was the little pantry project. The big 4 quart ones ($16.95) hold a 5 pound bag of flour or sugar, and the smaller 1.5 quart ones ($9.99) hold just almost 2 pounds of flour.
Now. I have many more items in my pantry that need to be tucked away inside these lovely little containers…cocoa, brown sugar, demerara sugar, pastry flour, bread flour, and so on. Just imagine how beautiful my pantry would be! I just need about $500 to finish the project! It gives me something to look forward to, right?