baking ingredients

how to store your baking ingredients the right way

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Hello, there! Today we are going to talk about how to store your baking ingredients the right way.  Last week, I talked about decanting food in the pantry, and this time, I’m gonna share the items that def need to be decanted.  Making sure that baking ingredients are stored properly is not about lining things in perfect rows in pretty, matching containers.  It’s about keeping food in the right packaging and vessel so that it lasts as long as possible, and doesn’t attract any pests.

You’re gonna notice below, that a lot of ingredients need to be kept in a cool dark place. This is true for a lot of of dry goods, spices, and oils.. so I find it best to not plan on using cabinets near the stove for food or condiments.

Some foods and baking items that you buy in the store may come in proper packaging and it can live like that in your kitchen.  But not all foods come in packaging that are right for storing the food.  Below is a list of common baking ingredients, where to keep it in your kitchen, and the proper way to store it.

flour

where to keep it: a cool dark place

store in: air tight container

The air tight container will ensure that the flour doesn’t attract pests, and the flour stays dry.

cornmeal

where to keep it: cool dark place

store in: air tight container

Just like with flour, an air tight container will ensure that the cornmeal doesn’t attract pests, and the it stays dry.

baking soda

where to keep it: cool dark place

store in: air tight container or jar

Baking soda absorbs odors, (this is why we leave an open box of baking soda in the fridge to eliminate bad smells!)  Unless you want your baking soda to start to take on the smells of everything in your cabinet, keep it in an air tight jar.

baking powder

where to keep it: cool dark place

store in: air tight container or jar

Most baking powders come in a container that is already okay for your pantry.  You don’t have to transfer it to another container, unless you want to!

sugar

where to keep it: cool dark place

store in: air tight container

The air tight container will keep pests and moisture out.

cocoa powder

where to keep it: cool dark place

store in: air tight container

A lot of cocoa powder comes in air tight containers already!  No need to switch if it comes in packaging like this Hershey’s cocoa.

nuts

where to keep it: pantry for 1 month, refrigerator 6 months, freezer 1 year

store in: air tight container

Idk about you guys, but the space in my freezer is VERY valuable.  I don’t usually have the space to be storing all the time, but if I know that I am not able to get through a package of nuts within a month of buying them, I will at least pop them in the fridge in a jar, so that I don’t end up with waste.

corn starch

where to keep it: cool dark place

store in: air tight container

Corn starch is another item that usually comes in an airtight container, so you shouldn’t have to transfer it to another container, unless you want to.

chocolate

where to keep it: cool dark place

store in: tightly sealed bag, or container

You want to store chocolate in an environment less than 70° F.  If you keep your home any warmer than that, store them in the refrigerator or freezer.