Reorganizing for Christmas Baking

For the past few years, I’ve looked at pictures of cookies, cakes, breads and special desserts, and closed the magazine discouraged.

It’s not that I don’t like baking.  I do.

But every time I tried to bake something, it was a lot of trouble  My kitchen cabinet was a mess, with all my spices and herbs mixed together.  Bottles filled with things that I knew were out of date.  And I was never sure if I had the basics, so I would buy more.

This year I decided to attack the problem so I could enjoy some baking projects.  In this post, I’ll share my mini weekend project.  It only cost me $12 for a stepped-up shelf organizer.

 

This is my cabinet before.

 

1)  I took everything out of the cabinet and sorted it by type of product.

2)  I washed the cabinets.

3)  I set aside things that were expired.

These items were expired, including 3 bottles of Karo syrup.

These items were expired, including 3 bottles of Karo syrup.

Smitty's

Smitty’s closed in the late 1990s. (blush)

4) I combined duplicate products when I could.

5)  I replaced items in the cabinet by type.

Finally, all my baking goods are in one place!

Finally, all my baking goods are in one place!

 

Although my cabinet is still full, the organization makes sense.

Although my cabinet is still full, the organization makes sense.

To celebrate my clean cabinet, I’m going to share some great dessert recipes, and introduce you to some of my favorite food sites in the coming weeks.  To start, I want to tell you about Christy Jordan from The Southern Plate.

Last year she shared an amazing recipe on her site for Sweet Potato Creme Brulee.  I managed to make it (motivated by the deliciousness of the photo) and it was worth the effort and calories.

Sweet Potato Creme Brulee

Hope this post inspires you to do some kitchen reorganizing of your own!

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Comments

  1. Victoria Craig says

    Thank you very much, i am now graciously awaiting done the same, i was just thinking the same and apparently not alone, thank you i will now fulfill the task.

  2. CarolAnne says

    Thank you, Glynnis! Often, if I start small it is inspiring and I continue on! Your cupboard looks great. Must get busy with mine.

  3. says

    Cool! I did this the day before Thanksgiving for the same reasons. Karo? Yep, threw one out. Now have a list of things to buy this week for restocking. Some of my spices were eons old.

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