Now, what does cleaning my cupboards have to do with Food Storage? Well, without some organizational system, I cannot find the pan I need when I need to use it! And I made it worse by buying some new bake ware! After almost 25 years of marriage, it was time. I bought some of my old pans at the dollar store (when dollar stores first came on the scene, and they had some pretty incredible stuff) maybe 20 years ago. Many were worn from years of use.
Being a frugal gal (not cheap, there’s a difference. I will pay for quality.), I didn’t set out to replace all my pans at once. The thought first entered my mind when I had problems making some quick bread for a friend’s son’s wedding reception. No matter what I did (using Pam, greasing the pan liberally), I couldn’t get the loaves out in one piece. It was frustrating to say the least. Then and there, I decided that I needed a couple of nonstick loaf pans.
I did a lot of research and decided that I wanted heavy-duty, commercial bakery type pans. I’d narrowed it down to two brands: USA Pan and Chicago Metallic. Both have great reviews, so I bit the bullet and bought a couple of larger non-stick loaf pans. I bought 10 inch x5 inch USA Pans (you can view one here). They make the perfect size bread loaf for my family.
After falling in love with them, I bought some USA Pan and Chicago Metallic mini loaf pans (with an Amazon gift card I earned through MyPoints.com). And aren’t they lovely?? Especially compared to my old pans which were looking pretty sad. See? (I sprayed them with non-stick spray, and the pans are so non-stick without the spray, I’m not sure I needed it.) Think those look snazzy? Check them out here and here on Amazon!
Today, I made chocolate chip pumpkin bread to break them in (recipe here). The loaves came out of the pan so easily! I’m very happy! (And my boys are begging me to cut the pumpkin bread!)
I’m also very happy, because I cleaned out my kitchen cupboards and got rid of some old things which were gathering dust. Take a look at my organized cupboards now!!
I didn’t take before shots, but trust me, it’s a major improvement! And isn’t that life? A constant rearranging and reorganization of everything. Not just my kitchen, but my everything! And I wouldn’t have it any other way. It keeps things fresh. Life is a work in progress, and I love it!
How about things for you? Any kitchen pans or gadgets you want to add to your inventory? Or is there a closet, cupboard, or storage area that needs your attention? Please share!
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Laurel Laurie Staten Nguyen Newhall, CA