This past holiday season I have cooked and baked more than usual. I’m beginning to think it IS usual. It all started with the Pie Day extravaganza with my girls (on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving), leading to Thanksgiving Dinner for the clan, a fun day baking Christmas cookies with the granddaughter, a few dinners and baked goodies for the recuperating daughter and her family, rounded out by a fabulous Christmas Dinner. It only ended after a New Year’s celebration with the whole family. Needless to say, my kitchen has taken a beating.
I really can’t blame the holidays for the reason the baking cabinet was a mess, but it sure sounded good! I was long overdue to clean that cabinet. I am a shover. If it fits in a space, I will shove it in.
I thought I would share my mess with you just to let you know I am quite human. We, who cook and bake, are not always the perfect people often portrayed on TV. They have staff. Heck, if I had staff, I’d have a forever full pantry, clean floors at all times, tidy cabinets, and a refrigerator with no drips, spills, or dead carrots.
(hard to believe all this was in one cabinet)
I mean really, who needs sugar in nine forms? I do! Corn syrup, maple syrup, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, honey, and two sugar substitutes. That doesn’t even include the colored sugars for cake and cookie decorating. I even found black colored sugar for decorating. Hey, you just never know when you are going to need black decorating sugar.
Then we move on to the magic additives of baking: cream of tartar, baking powder, baking soda, and meringue powder. A girl needs her weapons of love.
Got salt? You bet I do…Kosher salt, sea salt, iodized sea salt, table salt, and fleur de sel. This cabinet does not even include the seasoned salts of cooking. Remember, this is the baking cabinet. The cooking cabinet is the one to the right. I don’t know if I am brave enough to share that. Heck, let’s go for it.
I’ll go through it another day. Actually, it’s not that bad. Since it gets used on a daily basis, I really try to keep in organized and clean.
Back to the baking cabinet. I discovered even more cookie and cake decorations and cupcake/muffin liners. I’ve got every holiday and occasion covered.
I did have one mishap, I found a knocked over bottle of red food color. It had dried, thus making it super concentrated. When I cleaned it up, it looked like a small chicken had been butchered in my sink. Not a great word picture for you, but I had just watched Alaska: The Last Frontier (I love that show) and they had butchered a chicken. Let me tell you, my red food color mess was on par with the butchering event….color wise. I digress.
Spices, flavorings, extracts, gadgets, measuring cups and juicers pretty much finish up the mix. It all went back into the cabinet. Well, not quite all.
I had to relocate the cookie cutters to another cabinet, all three boxes of them. Copper, stainless, and plastic.Every shape and size. Plus, I threw away anything that was outdated or unidentifiable. Yes, I had both.
Whew! I sure feel good about myself and my kitchen. Confession really is good for the soul or is it cleanliness is next to godliness? Either way…….I feel good!!