Here is the seventh post in our Kick the Clutter Challenge series. It challenges you to go through your baking supplies and move on the old and crusty.
When was the last time you baked 100 chocolate chip cookies? Or made a three-layer carrot cake with cream cheese frosting? Have you cut down on making those tempting desserts since you’re an empty nester and trying to eat healthier during this time in your life? Then it’s time to be realistic and banish old baking items.
Cookie sheets, cake pans and pie pans stack up quickly, and before you know it they’re taking over a big chunk of storage area in your kitchen. If you’ve only made one tart in that special pan in the last two years then it’s time to donate it. That angel food cake pan—you know, the one you might use in spring because fresh strawberries have to be sprinkled on angel food cake? Donate it—it takes up a lot of space. The kids were around when you used to make angel food cake and they’re gone now, and they’re probably gluten free anyway.
Of course there are a a few basic baking supplies that should be in your collection: two cookie sheets, a 13 x 9 baking dish, an 8 x 8 dish and a loaf/bread pan. You can select which additional pieces to keep according to your baking whims. If you’re a passionate pie baker, a tart tempter or cupcake creator, then special pans are required for your divine desserts and should be kept with other baking pieces.
After you’ve gone through your arsenal of baking supplies and chosen the pieces you’ll keep, stack them up neatly and place them in a cupboard or drawer. Most of us have a hard time letting go of a few of those creative pans that are used once or twice a year. These items can be stored in a less accessible cupboard such as that hard-to-reach space above the refrigerator.