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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Great Gadgets: Storage Containers and Herb Keeper

Ok, so I realize that I have been sort of MIA this month.... let's just say that January really sucks in Wisconsin....there's nothing to do and the weather has been BAD....and I have had very little inspiration. Did I also mention that I have been battling a terrible, terrible cold? For the last two weeks I have been coming home from work, taking lots of cold medicine and basically going to bed at 7 pm.....I don't think I've gone to bed at 7pm since I was in the third grade.

Now that I am finally kicking this cold, I hope to also feel more inspired. We're still in the middle of our ugly winter...the temperatures have been in the single digits for the last week... but I managed to leave town for the weekend to go somewhere even colder....Chicago!

I planned to take my camera and take lots of pretty pictures of my weekend trip, but I forgot to pack it!!!. I used my sister's camera and hopefully soon she will send me the pictures I took so I can share them with you all.

In the meantime, I used a Crate & Barrel gift card that I received to buy these:

These are the POP storage containers made by OXO Good Grips. I bought two of the big ones for my pantry, to hold flour and sugar. I love these! A 2 lb. bag of flour or sugar fits perfectly in this size container. I used to have canisters for flour and sugar on my counter, just like my mom and Grandma did, but I have very little counter space and discovered that storing flour and sugar in the pantry with all the other dry goods (like pasta, cereals, rice etc.)  made more sense to me.

Wouldn't this be cool if this was your pantry??  I know I'd love mine to look this awesome....but alas....this is just a picture from the label. I do have a number of similar containers (most are Tupperware), for things like crackers and pasta and baking supplies. I really like these POP containers though!


And because I had a little extra $ on the card, I also bought this Herb Keeper. It opens from the top (as shown) and has a little tray and strainer inside that lifts up.

You pour water into the bottom and fresh herbs are placed upright into the tray, which is then lowered into the water, so your herbs stay hydrated and fresh longer. This Herb Keeper also fits perfectly in a refrigerator door space. Isn't it lovely?? I plan to grow fresh herbs this summer, and this will certainly help keep them fresher longer.

I love great kitchen gadgets!

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9 comments:

Pam said...

I like those storage containers. I still have my flour and sugar on my counter in some canisters, but not sure why. I only use them occassionally. OK, once or twice a year. And they are just taking up space all the other time!

Anita said...

Katie I have been looking for something like those large ones lately! They look great, and yes I wish my pantry looked like that!

Heather said...

What great kitchen gadgets! I just recently bought 3 large Rubbermaid containers from Costco that hold the Costco size Cheerios and Goldfish. I was so excited! Needless to say, I guess it doesn't take much to make me happy! LOL!

Glad to hear that you are feeling better. Hope that the weather improves in Wisconsin!

Bead and Needle said...

Hi Katie - hope you're feeling better soon...2 weeks is far too long to be under the weather. Love the big containers - I DO wish my pantry looked like that...you shouldn't have told that it was a picture - I was all impressed! :-) Happy Wednesday - get well soon! Tanya

ali said...

Love Crate & Barrel! The weather in Wisconsin has been so drab, I think the sun went on vacation...hope you feel better

Rebecca said...

We sell those storage containers where I work and they've been a huge hit-nothing like getting organized in the middle of the winter! Can't wait to see your Chicago pics!

victorian parlor II said...

Cool stuff! I really like the herb container:). I look forward to seeing the pics from your trip. Stay warm!

Blessings,

Kim

Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Katie,

Love those storage containers! I like to put all my kitchen staples into tins or glass jars, but some things are in plastic containers. The herb keeper is a great idea! Herbs go bad so quickly and are so expensive. Don't ya just love organization?!

-Pam

Jen said...

I also wished my kitchen cabinets looked this organized. Is this the 5 1/2 quart sized containers?