Some of you may know that I eat a mostly plant-based diet, and since gradually going in that direction over the last few years, I've had to learn to cook and bake. It's not something I'm great at or particularly enjoyed in the past...in fact, my nickname was 'microwave queen'! However, I've discovered a little secret to enjoying being in the kitchen: make it organized, functional and enjoyable to spend time in.
I have another little secret - I LOVE muffins. But of course commercial ones are all made with eggs and milk and tons of sugar and probably other stuff I don't want to know. So since I'm eating healthier I've begun making them at home where I can try out lots of vegan, low sugar recipes. I'm much more inspired to be in the kitchen now because I set it up to be intentionally pretty, super functional for baking, and for easy clean up.
Here's how you can do it as well, in 5 steps.
Put your baking supplies into canisters that are the same size and shape and label them, so that you can store them all together and find what you need easily. I like clear jars as it helps you see when you are getting close to having to re-stock, and they look pretty on my open shelves. Lined up together they actually look really pretty!
I also use large repurposed restaurant pickle jars (I spray painted the lids in chalk paint to label them) to hold large quantities of the supplies like flour and oats.
Stack together all the pretty bowls, chopping boards and utensils you'll need for mixing so they are also easy to grab. Again, mine are out in the open, which encourages me to keep them neat and tidy.
Fill a basket or crate with measuring cups and spoons, muffin cups, and any other odds and ends you may need. Label or tag it so you can pull it down off the shelf or out of the cupboard and have everything at your fingertips. If you'd rather have these things in a drawer, create dividers using old cardboard boxes so everything has its place. Of keep them hanging near where you use them but off the counter on hooks on your backsplash.
Gather spices together in small jars, all the same size. I prefer the small half-size mason jars with the lids covered in chalk-board paint so that I can write the names on the top. They're are also handy as I can then buys spices cheaper in bulk and bring them home to refill the jars. I've gathered all of mine together in a wooden cupboard with a glass door.
Make clean-up a breeze by having hand soap out in a pretty pump container that's easy to press on when you have dirty hands that need washing. I keep a cute vegetable/fruit scrub brush hanging on the window ledge at my sink for easy access as well.
I won't mention baking sheets, cake pans, etc. because you've probably already got them all together in an easy location, right? If not, check out this post on how to simplify your whole kitchen.
So now that you're organized and ready, you might want to try out your reorganized kitchen; may I suggest one of my favourite muffin recipes: the vegan blueberry muffins from Oh She Glows. Enjoy your simple and inspiring kitchen!
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