This post comes to us courtesy of food blogger Margie Tsai.
October marks the start of my holiday baking “season.” Since I will spend a good portion of the next two months baking, I tend to keep large quantities of ingredients on hand in my pantry. I usually leave the ingredient in its original packaging and double wrap it with another plastic bag.
While cost-effective, it makes finding things difficult. There was always a guessing game with each opaque shopping bag when hunting for ingredients. Uneven bag sizes were hard to stack, and ingredients were perched precariously on top of each other. I decided to switch to a more efficient system when I was nearly buried under an avalanche of chocolate chips and dark brown sugar.
The OXO Pop Containers were the perfect solution to my problem. Made of a hard durable plastic that is BPA free, the containers create a functional modular pantry storage system. The center button pops up, doubling as a lid handle. Depress the button and it sits flush with the lid, creating a stackable surface. This motion also engages the silicone gasket around the lid, forming an airtight seal to help keep foods fresher.
Another bonus: cleaning the pop container is very easy. The container can be placed in the dishwasher. The lid needs to be hand washed, and it twists apart so you can clean the inside of the lid. I use a P-touch labeler, available at office supply stores, to label the containers. This helps me to quickly tell the difference between ingredients that look similar: cake flour, all-purpose flour and cornstarch, for example.
The 10-piece set provides you with a variety of functional sizes: the largest containers hold a five-pound bag of flour or sugar, and the smallest ones are great for storing snacks at the office. Now that I’ve made the investment, I’m ready to start baking!
About the author: Being an engineer at heart, Margie Tsai has developed a passion for kitchen gadgets. Over the years, she has amassed quite a collection and is always on the lookout for new kitchen Tools, Electrics, Cookware or “kitchenTECH”. Margie hopes that someday she will have a gourmet kitchen large enough to house all of her kitchenTECH.
I don’t use anything special to clean the containers. I just use dishwashing liquid (Dawn) to clean them
I love the OXO containers, but haven’t been able to get them sufficiently clean. Do you use a certain solution other than dishwashing liquid which hasn’t worked for me.
I love the oxo containers, but I cannot seem to clean the clear plastic sufficiently. Can you suggest the solution/cleaner you would use on them?
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I am so glad I came across this post on your blog. I have a mess of baking items in my pantry and this will surely clean it up and I can’t wait to get organized before the holidays! Thanks for sharing!