Storing Kitchen Storage

Before reorganizing the kitchen, we had two different areas of kitchen storage.  The first housed our plastic containers:

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and later became our “To Go” cabinet:

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Since it’s not good to heat plastic & it can possibly leak chemicals into our food, I am trying to use mainly glass storage containers for leftovers & other food.  When I transformed the above cabinet, I had a few larger plastic & metal storage containers I wanted to save & needed to find a place to store.

We kept our Pyrex in a separate area, near the stove, although I rarely ever used it for cooking.

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I consolidated these areas in the middle of the island to serve all our storage needs.  First of all, I used the large drawer above the cabinets to store plastic wraps, bags, & clips:

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Then, below, I added a spot for storage containers:

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The top pull-out shelf on the left stores small, medium, & large Pyrex dishes & their lids.

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Below that, are some other glass bowls with lids & lesser used cookie tins in the back.

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The pullout shelf to the right holds some prep bowls, such as strainers & usually a salad spinner (which was in use when this picture was taken!).  This cabinet is conveniently right next to the prep area.

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Below that are some of the larger plastic storage containers that I didn’t throw out.

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For convenience sake, I did save these, but I threw out any that were cracked, damaged, older (my mom had given me some from probably 30 years ago!), or that had the #7 on them.

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So, are you storing your food in plastic, glass, or both?

3 comments:

  1. I love all your custom items! I'm teaching myself how to use all my tools, so the ideas are great.
    I retrofitted all my base cabinets into drawers. Blum glides can be found inexpensively (believe it or not) and I made drawer fronts, too. This elminated the stuff hidden in the back, the bangs on cabinet doors from pull-outs, and bending or crawling around on the floor.
    The next time you're feeling frisky, consider it. You have the vision and the skills available. :)
    Keep up the great work. You're inspiring.

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  2. These are some awesome organizing ideas. Thanks for sharing them with us. They will definitely benefit us a lot. I totally second on your sentiment regarding the plastic storage containers emitting some chemicals upon getting heated up and i usually use them only for storage purposes and when they need to be re-heated, i simply transfer them onto a ceramic plate before shoving them into the microwave.

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  3. That's a great idea too! Thanks!

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