Wednesday, April 13, 2011
When you've only got a little bit of space to work with, keeping reusable containers on hand at all times can seem like a waste of space. But we can assure you, it's better to have them on-hand and use up a little of your real estate than it is to go without! Here are some of our best tips for fitting reusable food and grocery containers into your smaller space.
It's simple to keep reusable food storage on hand. We have a fairly small galley kitchen, and we keep it organized by following a few simple guidelines, which we've learned simply from trial-and-error. Here are our favorite tips—be sure to share yours!
Reusable snack bags: Buy three or four, and when folded, they take up less space than a box of throw-aways. We wash ours once a week depending on what we're carrying (almonds and crackers aren't too dirty; cinnamon-raisin bread requires we wash a little sooner). Commercial snack bags are available, like these from Plum Creek Mercantile, but so are unique (and adorable) handmade ones.
Reusable grocery sacks: To save on space, forgo canvas bags, which can get bulky, and large bags that don't fold into themselves. Instead, turn to pocket-sized bags like the ones from Flip & Tumble ($7) made of ripstop nylon: they're durable, squishable, strong, and come in a variety of colors. We keep a few of the more rigid reusable shopping bags on hand, but turn to our ripstop nylon ones most often because they're easy to toss into our bag before heading out the door.
Leftover food storage: While we love our glass to-go containers with leak-proof lids, they do take up a fair bit of cabinet space (that is, when they're not all in use). If you have enough room, look for glass containers that could potentially double as baking dishes. They can go from oven to fridge or freezer and then straight to the microwave, making them multi-taskers. Don't have room for glass? Try BPA-free plastic containers that stack inside one another. Some brands even have lids that snap into each other, making them stack efficiently.
Water bottles and reusable coffee cups: We devote just enough shelf space to keep two BPA-free water bottles and two reusable coffee cups on hand. One is always with us, the other standing by for the following day. Our rule at home is to never have more than two of those rotating items, which saves on space and keeps us washing them every day (no smelly coffee cups here!).
Melanie Pinola — Your food storage containers can make a big difference in the amount of kitchen storage space you have available, especially if yours is a small kitchen. These tips can help you optimize your kitchen or pantry real estate.
Tupperware and plastic takeout food containers seem to multiply when we're not looking. To combat that avalanche of containers, the folks at Re-Nest have highlighted the kinds of reusable food storage containers that work best in small spaces. The list includes: three or four snack bags, pocket-sized reusable grocery bags, and glass to-go containers with leak-proof lids.
Major tips here are to skip the bulky canvas grocery bags in favor of the nylon squishable kind, limiting the number of water bottles and mugs on hand at any time, and opting for glass containers that can go from freezer or fridge to oven or microwave. (We have a thing for Snapware glasslock food containers in particular.) Photo by Pieter Pieterse
Have any space-saving or small-kitchen food storage tips? We're all ears in the comments.
Best Small Space Grocery and Food Storage Tips | Re-Nest
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