Easy Pantry & Kitchen Organisation Tips

It’s amazing how much satisfaction can be had from having a good sort out and tidy up (we hear you and thanks Marie Kondo).

Pantries, kitchens, and wardrobes are top of the list for many people on their organisational wishlist.

It probably won’t come as a surprise that our pantry and fridge storage sets are so popular, along with freezer containers.

It’s a great feeling when you’ve achieved a clean and tidy, weevil and ant free pantry, a clutter free bench top or rediscovering that pair of shoes you forgot you’d bought last summer in your wardrobe.

Pantry:

Pantries are notoriously messy spaces, particularly when you have different sets of hands reaching in and often not putting the thing they have taken out, back in the same place.

The next person comes along looking for the peanut butter, only to discover its mysteriously vanished, sucked into another dimension. Actually, it was tucked in behind the bag of flour mum used to make pancakes yesterday.

It’s a familiar scenario for many households.

Another is the shopping glitch, where you think you had enough muesli bars for the weeks lunches, and get home to unpack your groceries, only to find an empty box.

So on that note, let’s start with…

Muesli Bars and Nuts:

Muesli bars can be stored in clear containers so you can see what options you have to eat at a glance, and also what you need to buy if any are running low.

Nuts, bliss balls and other packet items can also be stored or stacked in separate containers next to each other in airtight ant-proof, see through containers.

This way you can do a quick count of how many packets there are and how many you go through in between shopping expeditions.

Food Intolerances and Dietary Requirements:

Different coloured lids can be used for identifying any foods that someone in your household needs to avoid. Great for kids when one sibling is gluten intolerant and needs their “own container”.

Grains and Baking Ingredients:

Have you ever bought a packet of flour home from the supermarket and had trouble rummaging around trying to find the right size to hold the contents? Or have you tried to wrestle the contents of a flour packet into a container or bowl, and end up with a bench that resembles Dubai after a sandstorm?

The answer: Use a container that you can transfer flour into easily.

Pasta, rice, quinoa and other grains work well in Pour All containers, so you can measure out the quantity you need.

CKP (custom kitchen planning) sessions help you figure out which sized containers will best fit the size and shape of your cupboards and the ingredients that need to go into them. They are also great for figuring out which foods you will need to access most frequently for convenience.

Download Modular Mate Sizing guide below to see sizes (opens as a flip book)

definition: tuppercheating
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noun

using Tupperware products to create delectable treats in less time with less mess
“making you look like an expert baker when you’re not”

If you are an occasional baker like me, who may only use flour occasionally, it’s not fantastic to open the packet or single sealed container to discover a family of flour weevils have moved in and made themselves at home. Definitely puts a bit of a downer on the idea of “whipping up” a quick batch of something.

That moment of inspiration is dampened by the prospect of having to make the last minute dash to the dairy or supermarket before you can begin.

Moral of this story is: When buying containers to store flour, and anything else that weevils or ants might otherwise enjoy setting up home in, try and find ones that have double seals.

What is double sealed?

Most containers you buy will have a lid that forms a single seal either on the outside or inside of the base.

Tupperware containers seal on BOTH sides of the base (which is why we call them seals not lids). Even when they loosen over time, they will still form a seal that is difficult for insects to get through. No extra protein with your muffins and tuppercheating.

When using suitable containers, you can think of them as a mini Fort Knox “fortress for your food”.

FACT: Tupperware was invented by Earl Tupper in 1938. His Wonderlier bowl lid design was inspired by a paint can which formed a partial vacuum seal.

The famous Tupperware “burp” is delightfully referred to by Robin Williams in Aladdin https://youtu.be/Cd7aik82JyA

The same patented design still applies to Tupperware products now – which are renowned for their ability to keep products fresher for much longer.

Our family ate our way through 5 to 6 year old ingredients stored in Modular Mates during the 2020 lockdown – the meals still tasted fresh, tasty and delicious.

Breakfast Cereals:

These are another happy place for insects to live. I’m not going to get too descriptive but winged things in your breakfast cereal are not nice. Super Ovals are great for sealed satisfaction when it comes to cereals. They are so easy for kids to access, and again, if you buy clear containers, you can see when you are running low.

Potatoes, Other Root Vegetables, Garlic and Onions:

Spuds and other root vegetables like dark places, but with plenty of air circulating. Air flow acts as reminder to potatoes that they are not in the ground and therefore it’s not the time to start growing roots. Confused potatoes = green or growing.

The same applies to onions and garlic.

The solution? Dark ventilated storage containers such as terracotta or use our Potato, Garlic and Onion Mates.

Oils, Marinades and Condiments:

Oils can oxidise when exposed to light. So keep these out of direct sunlight. Condiments hold their colour and freshness longer when kept in the refrigerator.

Easy Access Items You (Easy Pour):

Squeezy bottles and easy open. Look for containers that you can use with one hand. Flip top or olive oil drizzle bottles easy to use.

Storing Cookware:

Stack non stick cookware with some felt in between each item. This is so the base of a stacked pot won’t damage the pan underneath. Our pot protectors are our version of these.

Sizes Of Packets To Buy And Their Respective Containers:

Here is a fantastic article on how and what to store in containers by size: The Organised House Wife https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/organising/a-guide-to-sizes-of-tupperware-modular-mate-containers-for-the-pantry/

TIP: Remember to measure your shelves to make sure they fit properly before you buy your containers.

To Refrigerate Or Not To Refrigerate:

Sauces and condiments last longer when stored in the fridge, whereas fruits like tomatoes and avocados (yes both are technically fruits) retain more flavour when stored at room temperature.

Veggies like sandwich and salad greens like to be stored at the right temperature with adequate air circulation. See our fridge veggie storage blog post here for more information about how to keep veggies fresher for much longer (up to 6 times longer).

Peeling carrots for easy and quick slicing and dicing works for lunchbox snacks. Buy smaller containers to limit the amount of condensation that can build up and spoil your carrots.

Homemade bliss balls are also another favorite. You can sneak some silverbeet or spinach into dark chocolate balls without detection by schools age kids. (Ok yes…for the adult kids in the house too).

Reducing Waste:

This is something that we as a society care much more about than we did even as little as a decade ago.

Tupperware has been committed to product longevity and recycling for a lot longer than this, after all we have been around for 75 years.

Public awareness has caught up as has the research and understanding around how we can all do our part for sustainability.

I am delighted to be associated with a company that creates long lasting products, that is focused on recyclability, with a future focus on making new products out of waste products that are already in circulation. This concept is called “circular recycling”.

Because of this, we are very conscious about using products that are multiple use vs single use with a long life.

Shampoo bottles, cleaning products, cars, fridges, hair dryers, laptops, small appliances, you name it – all have plastic components.

You might not be able to avoid using some products, but you can choose what types of containers you buy. Think about how long the item will be used for before it gets recycled, and also how recyclable it is.

How recyclable is it? Here is an article about different types of plastics and which ones are most able to be recycled.

What happens to the recycled products? Tupperware do offer a lifetime guarantee and we ask for damaged items to be sent in so we can ensure they end up where they should.

Tupperware invest in sustainability and circular recycling concepts. This starts with the formulas products are made with, and how long  we can extend their usable lifecycle, to what product they can be repurposed into at the end of their useable life. Here’s more about how we operate.

Think of this concept as “reincarnation for plastic”.

Thank you for doing your part as a consumer, taking the time to read this, and for visiting our website. 

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