One way to track ingredients and know what you have in stock is to store items in clear containers as mentioned above.
For glass options, Weck Jars or Mason Jars are great, and you can quickly label them with a sharpie water-based paint pen. Make sure to mark the date on them as well. Martha Stewart has some storage suggestions as well.
Flours, Herbs, And Seasoning
After deciding what you are keeping for flours and herbs, you can start storing and labeling.
When running low on flours, you can even mix some and label it as one concoction of flour.
Cassava flour, rice, tapioca, coconut, and almond should all be on the list to keep around for healthy cooking and baking. Discard enriched or bleached flours.
Keeping all these items in stored containers will help deter moths, bugs, and mice as well.
The same organizational methods can help with herbs and seasonings but with smaller jars or containers.
Organize seasonings in a way where you can see them quickly, or even alphabetically. That way you know what you have in stock for shopping and recipes.
Quinoa, Rice, Bean Pasta, And Legumes
If you have items like quinoa, rice, legumes or bean pasta store those in jars as well.
Sometimes you may have three bags of opened pasta at once. You can throw the remnants in a jar together for soup you will make later.
Oatmeal, grains, and nuts should be stored in a glass container or BPA free plastic as well.
Storing these items this way will help you be sure you know what is available for breakfast. You will use more often if you can see what you have, and it will save you money.
A great way to organize your shelves is to put the baking, herb, and recipe ingredients needed for cooking in one viewable location on the shelf.
For recipe planning, have the basics like herbs, oils, grains, healthy pastas, and beans on hand to throw dinner together in a pinch as well as for making shopping lists.
Place healthy snacks for the whole family in the line of sight so everyone will make better choices.
Items that you don’t use every day, place in a less accessible shelf area. Any indulgence, like dark chocolate, put on a hard to reach shelf and out of sight. It’s only there for those chocolate emergencies!
Put healthy snacks such as granola bars low in sugar or fruit in those comfortable to reach places, especially for the kiddos.
Bin, Basket And Storage Organization Tips
- Canned Veggies, healthy low sodium soups, and canned beans – put on the shelf or in a bin where they can be accessed easily for cooking.
- Healthy snacks – put in a basket that the whole family can access and see.
- Olive Oil, Vinegar, Cooking Wines – place in a basket or box within easy grabbing reach for cooking.
- Herbs and Spices – store in glass containers with proper labels for cooking.
- Rice, Quinoa, Bean Pastas – store in glass jars or containers for cooking.
- Baking Items, Healthy Alternative Flours, Oats – store in glass jars for easy baking.