Bakers Cabinet

I think I love my Bakers Cabinet for all it’s delectable possibilities. When I look, I don’t see 4 different types of sugar, and 6 different flour types, I see homemade bread, and naan, and muffins, and cake….mmmmm cake.


Organizing by Zone

I love that I can bring my mixing bowl to the counter space right below the baking cabinet and easily pull things as I need them and put them back right away. Not everything associated with baking is going to be right there in the baking zone. Some items are “cross over” items, like salt which you’ll find in my seasoning cabinet, or baking  utensils which will be in their various zones as well. However you decide to manage each specific area, creating zones simplifies things greatly!

 Items I keep in my bakers cabinet:

  • Flour: whole white wheat, whole wheat, unbleached, grahm, gluten, masa harina,  garam, and mung dahl flour.
  • Corn meal & polenta
  • Sugar: brown, powdered, sucanat, stevia, and organic cane.
  • Cornstarch, agar agar
  • Baking powder
  • Dry yeast
  • Tapioca & flaxseed
  • Oats: rolled, quick
  • Honey, corn syrup, and agave nectar
  • Essence of vanilla, essence of almond

Bakers Cabinet 2

Keeping the Sweet & Sticky Contained…

How? HOW?? No matter how careful I am, somehow the honey bottle is always sticky somewhere. Then the insidious drop manages to find it’s way onto my cabinet shelf, and eventually everything is a tiny bit sticky.  I needed something I could pop in the dishwasher every couple weeks for maximum clean. This round tray did the job for me, a tray or shelf liner might work wonders for you. Once upon a time I loved the idea of shelf liners, however I’m such a messy cook even the liners won’t stay clean, and that’s one more area in my kitchen to wipe, so my attitude is what is the point? Can you tell? Look at the shelf holding the flour in the “Bakers Cabinet” picture above…see the dusting of flour on the shelf? Meh heh heh, I didn’t even tidy it for the photo, well you get to see the real me in this blog…messy.

Bakers Cabinet - syrup holder

Scoops

You know that moment when you get some brown sugar for your cup of tea and find remnants of flour in the sugar because someone decided to use the same measuring cup to scoop both? Yeah, I hate that. Every area in my kitchen, and almost every container has it’s own scoop. It makes it quick and easy to grab, and keeps all ingredients in their rightful home! I own several small scoops, and a few large plastic ones I saved from powdered-milk canisters (baby formula). These are perfect for scooping sugar, cornstarch, and items you usually only need a small quantity of.

Bakers Cabinet - scoops

Bakers Cabinet - sugar scoop

The large metal scoops are from an East Indian spice storage canister my sister gave me, I used the base and cover to hold the honey and corn syrup. The cups are the perfect size for scooping flour, oats, anything you might need a fairly large quantity of.

Healthy Baker Habits

Organizing your baking cabinet is the ideal time to inspire yourself to bake more, and bake healthier! Store bought bread and baked goods just don’t hold a candle to homemade breads, not to mention the nutrition factor. A while ago I committed to the importance of bringing more whole grains and complex carbohydrates into my family’s diet as oppose to all the starchy void-of-nutrition, white uuber refined products. What better way to start than to stock your cabinets full of fiber rich items? If this is new to you, try incorporating ground flaxseed  into your baking items, it’s high in fiber and will not noticeably change any of your favorite recipes. Another tip to transition into whole grain is to use whole wheat white flour, just slightly more dense than unbleached flour it is fantastic! It is quite a bit pricier, so if you can’t afford it, how about making a percentage of the flour called for in a recipe whole wheat? If you need, ease in, but whatever you do, include as many whole grains into your diet as possible!


Bakers Cabinet - 1

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11 Comments on Bakers Cabinet

  1. Lillian
    August 25, 2015 at 3:30 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m so curious what you keep in your bakers cabinet and you have this title

    Items I keep in my bakers cabinet:

    but it’s missing the items…can you please update? Thanks.

    Reply
    • Ursula Carmona
      August 25, 2015 at 5:15 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh that is strange…they are listed but for some reason it isn’t showing for you. :( Hmm, it could be a formatting problem. Ok, I have tweaked the article…does it work now? Can you see my list?
      Thank you so much for pointing it out! Happy reading! 😉

      Reply
  2. TwoPlusCute
    February 8, 2015 at 10:03 am (2 years ago)

    Love how you organized your pantry. Very neat. I don’t have one yet but, eventually I’ll find a way to fit one in my small kitchen.

    Reply
  3. Pat Dowd
    January 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm (2 years ago)

    First, let me say how much I enjoy your blog and your amazing creativity. I don’t see your ideas on all the other blogs – they are originals! And I love that.
    I have a suggestion for your shelves instead of liners. I use peel and stick vinyl tile. You can very often find them for a bargain prince at the home improvement stores. They’re so easy to apply and cut with a scissors. When it comes to cleanup, they can’t be beat. A quick wipe with a damp cloth and they sparkle again. They are especially good under the sink where you might experience spills. Next time you’re at the HIS, check them out: they have a shiny, smooth surface and you’ll see why I love these.

    Reply
    • Ursula Carmona
      January 21, 2015 at 5:59 pm (2 years ago)

      What a sweet compliment! I truly appreciate it!
      Wow, thanks for the suggestion! I will definitely have to check that out…with kids, every little tip helps! :)

      Reply
  4. Christi Flores
    October 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm (4 years ago)

    I love this!! I really need to get a better handle on my pantry and these ideas are so inspiring! Where did you purchase the containers for all the baking goods? They are perfect!

    Reply
    • Ursula Carmona
      October 23, 2013 at 9:12 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you! I found these containers at Walmart for a couple dollars and change each!

      Reply
      • Patti Child
        January 1, 2015 at 12:07 pm (2 years ago)

        Hi, I can’t find these containers at my Walmart. Any ideas on where I can look?
        Thanks

        Reply
        • Ursula Carmona
          January 1, 2015 at 2:57 pm (2 years ago)

          Sorry to hear that… unfortunately they are in store only at this time. Here is the link for them: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-2-Qt-Canister/16408651 . I would follow the link and see which local Walmart near you carries it. Or perhaps put in an order at your local Walmart by giving them the item number. Hope that helps! 😉

          Reply
          • Elizabeth
            August 10, 2015 at 1:14 pm (2 years ago)

            Thank you for the link!

            Are these containers good for brown sugar?
            Will be keep it from drying out? I guess I am wondering how airtight the jars are. Thanks. :)

          • Ursula Carmona
            August 10, 2015 at 5:56 pm (2 years ago)

            Yes! I use them for my brown sugar for just that reason! :) Thanks for reading!

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