Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: Making Room for Bulk Storage

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When you think of storing bulk food, what comes to mind? Do you wonder where you will ever keep it? Do you dismiss the idea because your kitchen storage is already on the small side? Do you envision hefty, 25 lbs bags of grains sitting in your dining room, with no where else to go? Most homes these days aren’t exactly set up for storing food in bulk. I long for the days when every home had some sort of a root cellar or storage […]

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: Knowing and Using What’s in Your Freezer

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Today’s post is written by my friend Nola, who happens to currently have a more organized freezer than I do! I asked for tips for freezer organization a while back and Nola had sent me enough good stuff to make an entire post of it. I’ve added a few little notes of my own as well. It just didn’t seem right to explore the way that we organize our “real food” and not take a look at the beloved spaces that we use to store […]

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: Planning to Make Food Preparation Happen

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**Have you been enjoying this series on Organization in the Real Food Kitchen? Catch up on any posts that you may have missed in my Getting Organized category.** Image by shannahsin In the days before I began cooking real, traditional, whole foods, it wasn’t such a big deal if I forgot to think about dinner ahead of time. I could thaw some meat in the microwave, or use a can of something or other, or whip up a mix for cornmeal. Dinner still happened and […]

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: Ferments Everywhere

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“Hi, my name is Stephanie and I have a problem. I’m addicted to fermenting, culturing and soaking foods and they’re taking over my kitchen! Help!” Having a lot of cultured, soaked, sprouted and lacto-fermented foods around is a wonderful problem to have since these are incredibly nutritious and beneficial to consume. Sometimes, though, it can get a little bit challenging to find a place for everything that I want to store in my kitchen. Two things to consider when deciding what to do with all […]

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: Notes from a Small Kitchen

Did you miss the earlier posts in this kitchen organization series? Catch up here: Menu Planning, Favorite Recipe Lists, Recipe Binder and Creating a Homemaking Binder. Stay tuned for more posts on topics like bulk storage, pantry and freezer organization, and soaking/fermenting! __________________________________________________________ This is a guest post from Katie at Kitchen Stewardship’s kitchen. Yep, the kitchen. Katie has been just swamped with the Real Food Face-Off and a few healthy foods carnivals, so she took the photos and turned the job over to me. […]

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: My Recipe Binder

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We’ve talked about some ways to streamline our meal planning, as well as how to use lists of your favorite recipes for ease of planning and quick reference. Here is the last step of the recent meal planning/recipe overhaul that my own kitchen has been receiving lately: My beloved recipe binder! It doesn’t get much simpler and cheaper than this, and yet this system is a really efficient way to manage all of my favorite recipes. Since I began using the internet in a more […]

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: Favorite Recipes Lists

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My poor hubby. He really dislikes piles, and yet he married a gal who’s just a little bit “out of sight, out of mind”. Thus, I’m a piler. All through the Christmas holidays, there was one particular pile that continued to be moved around from table to table, dresser to desk, and back to the table again. I am thrilled to announce, though, that the pile is soon to be completely gone as I am nearly done my recent recipe overhaul! My recipe organization has […]

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: Menu Planning

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Of all of the things that I spend time planning, the one that I feel probably has the biggest payoff in saving me time, frustration and even money would have to be menu planning! I’ve been menu planning faithfully for about 3-4 years now. Every once in a while I briefly slip up and go a week or two without proper plans in place. I always, always regret it and wished I had taken the time to plan. Life has been moving at an even […]