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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Baking Pantry in a Cabinet

When I’m in the kitchen, I want it to feel like a relaxing and pleasurable experience- like I have all of the time in the world, which is hardly ever the case.  For me, when I open the cabinet of this baking station in my kitchen, it feels like walking into the most cozy room in my house.  Everything is well-stocked, beautifully displayed and I am at ease as I begin creating something that I know my family is going to love.   I love coming down to the kitchen on Saturday morning with bare feet to have a hot cup of coffee and stir together a quick batch of scones (of course... I'm clearly obsessed!) before the day starts.

Most kitchens are organized by the type of item versus by use, meaning all of the dry goods like spices, flour, sugar, oils, seasoning and vinegars are stored together- usually someplace near the stove.  While it makes great sense to keep the spices and seasonings handy while you’re whipping up dinner, adding a pinch of this and a dash of that, it makes less sense to keep baking powder and powdered sugar in the same spot.

Having this station in my kitchen simplifies my baking processes and allows me to be more creative.  It makes me feel like I have a clean slate to begin creating whatever it is I can dream up.  When I have everything at my finger tips in a well organized and attractive station, whipping up a batch of muffins in the morning or a late night dozen of cupcakes will become a breeze- and a pleasure.

List of Supplies :
    Brushes & Rollers
    Spice Containers
    Small, Medium & Large Canisters
    Printed Labels

Shelf Risers
So you no longer have to shuffle things around when you’re searching for the coconut extract, give your shelves multiple levels by using a riser in the back of your cabinet.  In my kitchen, shallow shelves made from pieces of moldings are painted and turned upside-down. 

A Place for Everything...
Arrange your dedicated baking area so that everything has a spot in the cabinet.  It may seem daunting to assign an individual spot for all of your baking essentials... and keep it there, but knowing exactly where to find everything will make your time in the kitchen efficient and more enjoyable.  Place like items together- spices, extracts and flavorings on the bottom; baking powder, baking soda and salt in the middle; and pastry bags and tips up top.  Don’t forget about untapped storage areas like the inside of the cabinet doors.  Here, hooks hold mixer attachments and measuring spoons.

Clean Containers
Consider putting all of your essentials in your own containers.  It will make your space more visually appealing and less cluttered.  Clear glass containers allow you to easily see what’s inside and to see how much of that item you have.

I love to label everything - I like the way it looks and I like that it is sort of 'branded' for my kitchen.  Visit my new store to see my collection of custom printed labels.

For more of my favorite packaging and organizational essentials, visit my store.

Vanilla Sugar & Homemade Vanilla Bean Syrup : My Pantry Essentials - get the recipes here!


  1. What a fantastic idea..I love all of the labels too. I'd bake every day if I had all of my supplies organized together like this :)

  2. martha? jenny? martha? i'm not sure looking at this! such beautiful organization!! i'd be embarrassed to show mine!! :) i thought you'd enjoy seeing your berry cobbler holding a place of honor with our end of the year teacher gifts. thanks for the recipe. it's now committed to memory!!

  3. This is such a great idea! I just adore your blog. Your pictures are always beautiful!

  4. Okay, I just love your point here. Why not have all the baking supplies in one place, near my mixer cabinet? I baked cookies on this rainy afternoon here in Austin, Texas and thought it was ridiculous balancing the jar of flour on the sugar jar with a glass bottle of vanilla, soda and salt in my arms as I carried them across the kitchen from the pantry. I've been doing this juggling act way too long. You've inspired me to make my own baking cabinet. Thank you!

  5. I have had a baking cabinet for a couple years now and I love it! I realized after making a gazillion batches of chocolate chip cookies that it would be easier if all the ingredients were in the same spot. Although I keep my flour, sugar and brown sugar in large glass canisters on my counter.

    I am going to make some of those risers though. What a great idea and they look beautiful. I am always so excited to read your blog posts. So inspiring! Thank you!

  6. I just love this idea. I am definitely adding a baking cabinet to my list of must haves for the kitchen in our new home. The shelf riser is genius! Thanks for sharing your label source. Just curios where do you get your glass jars & bottles? This is just perfect & makes me want to bake something.

  7. Love it!! I too am wondering where you get your jars? They're beautiful. I love the idea of using them for gifts like you did with the honey butter too....totally steps it up a notch :)

  8. I've had the baking cabinet for a long time, but it never dawned on me to hang the kitchenAid attachments on the inside of the door.
    Will definitely copy that idea!

  9. Krystal8:45 AM

    Your mini baking pantry is lovely! Your blog is so inspirational. I'm already planning a baking cabinet of my own. More organizing posts, please :)

  10. Absolutely LOVE what you did to organize your baking cupboard. Featuring it tomorrow on my site ;)

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    Love this, and can’t wait to use these tips! We found your blog through Sacramento Street and will definitely be back. We, coincidentally, had a pantry-themed post today too!

  12. The hooks are absolutely BRILLIANT! one of those "why didn't I think of that!" things

  13. Just found your blog...this post is brilliant.. I have been looking for the perfect way to organize my pantry! Thanks.

  14. I might have missed this in another post...but what size are the labels, on paper source it looks like they have address or square. Thanks so much for your help!

  15. Meghan12:20 AM

    Jenny could you give us links to where you got all your beautiful jars? I can't find some and I love your ideas!

  16. This is such a great idea! I am so impressed!

  17. Hi Jenny, I was searching for a salad recipe when I chanced upon your blog. I love it! I'm inspired with your creativity. Your banking pantry idea is brilliant indeed! Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Mary Ann from Singapore.

  18. So pretty and such great organization ideas. I have the glass cannisters on our counter for flours, sugars, oatmeal etc. but now I can see I need to collect some smaller jars and hooks. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Oh Jenny I am so in love with your pantry!;)
    Looks beautiful!
    Just gave you a shout out on m new blog here;)


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