I have a tote in my pantry that I call my Baking Box. It holds and organizes all the little things I use to make cookies, granola, cakes and cupcakes, pies, candy, breads, etc.
If I didn’t have all these items contained then I’m sure I’d have quite a mess on a shelf. Lots of opened and little packages of stuff all cluttered and messing up my neatly organized pantry. I couldn’t handle that.
Some of the items I keep in my baking box include:
· Baking chips
· Baking chocolate
· Raisins & dried fruit
· Assorted nuts
· Powdered sugar
· Brown sugar
· M&Ms – for trail mix and cookies
· Candy bars – chop them up to put in homemade ice cream or cookies
· Shortening cubes
When I am ready to bake it is easy to grab and have all these things available at once. It also makes it more convenient to take a quick inventory when I am making my shopping list.
At the holidays it gets pretty full and heavy with items to make all kinds of delicious treats. Sometimes I can hardly get the lid on it.
Not only does the bin help me keep everything contained and organized, but I also think it helps to keep these items fresher longer too. I have really noticed that my brown sugar stays nicer and doesn’t get hard.
How do you corral your baking essentials?