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Organization Tips For An Indian Kitchen In Us.

Discussion in 'Spotless Kitchen' started by chocolate, May 12, 2018.

  1. chocolate

    chocolate Platinum IL'ite

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    I am looking for organization Tips for an Indian Kitchen in US. Including the Fridge. We are a vegetarian household from South India. As much as I thought i looked into everything while we bought our first house, there are still somethings which i wud have done different. Like for example a bigger pantry .Anyway I am having a tuff time with storing all spices and bulk items like Rice, Wheat flour, Dal. My empty dabbas end up being here and there. Any help.Thanks in advance.
     
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    Sailing in the same boat . Watching this thread !
     
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    I also wanted a bigger pantry but I figured out that even with more cabinets I'd be as disorganized. Getting these pullout shelves from Costco has helped. https://www.costco.com/Made-To-Fit-...binets-by-Slide-A-Shelf.product.11262818.html They go on a 10% off sale every few weeks.

    Might seem pricey, but if one plans to live in the house at least another 5-6 years, very worth it.

    Other than that, cleaning out the cabinets at least once in 6 months is good. I do it more like 6 yrs...
     
  4. anika987

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    Oxo boxes r a great solution.eases pantry space and stores 4lbs deals all variety in one shelf

    Google oxo containers.. pricey but so worth it!
     
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    Just months ago, I lived in a house with a good sized (large) pantry. Now I'm in an apartment with NO pantry and it's been a trial. This means that I have to be very particular with my space. So here goes...

    1. Rice - I have sterlite boxes that can hold my bag or bags of rice. Some people like pouring out their rice into these, I don't...not sure why.
    Sterilite Large Nesting ShowOffs™ Storage Box - Big Lots

    2. Flour - Oxo boxes are the best. They keep a tight seal. Remaining flour in bag gets clipped and tossed into freezer or fridge- whichever has more room. It's outta sight and safe to use later (no bugs)

    3. Lentils - plastic or glass jars. For the frugal, pasta sauce jars are a good size. Easy to view and fits the space. Remaining lentils get clipped and tossed in freezer or fridge. Just having uniform bottles cleans up the space.

    4. Dollar tree plastic baskets - these are amazing and versatile. I use them for plastic box storage, excess lentils/grains/etc and produce (onion, garlic and one for potatoes)

    5. For those without a pantry, try adding a kitchen hutch or storage cabinet if space permits.

    What type of fridge to you have? I have organization tricks for each type.

    Typical top freezer fridge - add plastic storage shelves to help store open spice packets in freezer. Allocate one of the fridge drawers for opened packets.

    Side by side- since the freezer has more space and organization, use bottom rows for opened packets.

    French doors and freezer below- i'v seen freezers used as super storages. I personally have not tried this.

    Good rule of thumb for fridge organization: each row has a purpose, don't 'mix' it up. Usually, top shelf is leftovers and cooked food. You want to easily see and use them up. Larger, heavier items like milk, dosa batter, should be on the bottom shelf (before the drawers). Sometimes it's the strongest (most reinforced) shelf or in case of mishap, shortest fall.

    Store fridge produce in produce bags not only are they easier to find, but they last longer (no plastic bag condensation induced rotting).
     
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    Everything you had mentioned,I do it!! look no further guys...bhumibabe has summed up everything perfectly
     
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    One more issue . How to store Mint and Coriander for longer time . I feel it gets spoilt quickly !
     
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    When you bring them home, rinse and shake out excess water. Wrap paper towel around leaves (paper towel shouldn't get too wet. If it does remove and use another sheet). Return into plastic bag and store in fridge. Don't forget it because now that it's wrapped up, you can't easily tell what it is
     
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    Thanks @BhumiBabe ! Will try it out.
     
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    When you bring them home, take the tie out. Seperate individual branches and cut the muddy roots out. Then let them rest in paper towel till all moisture is absorbed and then put them in zip lock bag. Make couple of tiny holes. This lasts fresh up to 15 days. Also store them in middle or bottom shelves. Top rack gets more cold, so leaves might freeze which is not good.
     
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