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Monday, September 25, 2023

Pakitner Safe Cut Can Opener Review

The first title was for this review I had started to type was "The Tale Of Two Can Openers" as the search for the replacement can opener ensued. However, internet seach engine title counts aside, the tale is the truth!

Old very old very old trusty old school can opener had finally met its' demise and the search was on for its' replacement. After reading quite a few reviews I was intrigued by the Pakitner Safe Cut Can Opener which promised a smooth and safe cut edge on the lid.

Review of the Pakitner Safe Cut Can Opener. Easy to use and produces a smooth lid edge.

Safety First

Yes! A smooth edge is obtained on the lid. Delivers as promised. 

smooth edge on opened can

Using Lid As A Can Cover

Yes! The smooth edged lid will fit into the can as a top if desired. This is a secondary bonus with the can opener.

Sturdy And Portable

Yes! This a sturdy can opener that feels restaurant quality. There is some weight to the can opener, but the design is minimal and the weight is evenly distributed. The slim and long design does allow the can opener to use less drawer space.

I found the can opener did require a bit of muscle to rotate around the top of the can. Muscle being subjective to each person, but for me ... it was a bit more effort than I had envisioned upon purchase. However, I loved the safety feature and continued using the can opener as the opener does work abit differently and wanted to give a good trial of the opener.

Learning Curve

There is a slight learning curve to navigate this can opener due to how the top of the can opener aligns with the top of the can. But directions are provided and after using the can opener a few times you will understand easily how the can opener works to provide the seamless lid.

Pakitner Safe Cut Can Opener

Recommendation: If you have the muscle I would recommend the Pakitner as the safety provided by creating a seamless and smooth edge is fabulous. However, if hand or arm strength is a concern I would sadly pass on the Rakitner Safe Cut Can Opener which leads to part two of The Tale Of Two Can Openers.

Next Review: Original Gorilla Grip Can Opener

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Friday, August 4, 2023

Review of a Microwave Omelet Maker That Makes Perfect Omelets

Making Omelets in the Nordic Ware Omelet Maker
I recently reviewed the Nordic Ware Microwave Egg Poacher which we loved so much that I immediately ordered two Nordic Ware Omelet Makers.  

I would be the first to admit that I am not really crazy about breakfast.  I don't wake up hungry.  It is usually lunchtime before I start to feel the desire to eat anything.  However, my husband loves breakfast and traditional breakfast food.  As often as not, he will either eat breakfast with Merlin or I will sit at the table with him and nibble on toast with coffee.  

The egg muffins we made with the egg poacher were so delicious that I decided breakfast might be something I could enjoy, especially since they are so easy to make.  The promise of a homemade omelet was enticing.  Omelets are something I usually only eat when we travel. Some of the hotels were we have stayed had chefs that made them to order and I always enjoyed them, but never really got into making them at home. Now, with the Nordic Ware Omelet Maker, that has changed and we can have easy to make homemade omelets with ingredients that we individually prefer.

Breakfast, here I come! 


How to Make Omelets with the Nordic Ware Omelet Maker

It is fun to assemble an omelet made with ingredients you love.  I prefer adding ham and cheese to mine, while my husband adds vegetables to his.  Since we each have our own omelet maker, we assemble them separately while spending time together in the kitchen.  

My first attempt to make a ham and cheese omelet turned out to be the best omelet I have ever eaten.  By following the instructions that came with the omelet maker, my eggs were perfectly cooked and the cheese was completely melted.  I used 2 eggs for my omelet.

My husband added ham, mini sweet peppers and fresh parsley to his omelet. He used 4 eggs to make his omelet, therefore his took a few minutes longer to cook.  He also buttered his omelet pan before he started.  I did not butter mine and I could not tell a difference when sliding the cooked omelets from the pans.  However, as the pans age and go through many washes, butter may be necessary.

Here are the Cooking Instructions

 Nordic Ware Microwave Omelet Pan Cooker, Set of 2Check Price
  • Lightly beat 2-4 eggs and 2 Tbsp of water or milk - We beat our eggs in a measuring cup and we both opted for milk. 
  • Pour mixture into omelet pan, dividing equally between the 2 sides - The measuring cup made equal division easy! 
  • Place open pan in microwave and cook for 1 to 2 minutes - I cooked my 2 eggs for 1 minute and my husband cooked his 4 eggs for 2 minutes  
  • Remove the omelet maker from the microwave and stir the eggs from the outside to inside - the center was still liquid and the edges were firmly cooked so the firm section was blended with the liquid section.
  • Place desired toppings on each half - we also seasoned our eggs with salt and pepper
  • Cook until eggs are set; 60-90 seconds - I cooked my 2 eggs for 60 seconds & my husbands 4 egg omelet had to be cooked approximately 2 minutes
  • Remove from the microwave and fold pan in half so the 2 side form the whole omelet.  
  • Open the pan and gently slide your cooked omelet onto the serving plate.



cooked omelets - one made with 2 eggs & one made with 4 eggs

These microwave pans are dishwasher safe on the top rack and I did initially wash ours in the dishwasher.  However, in the future, I will most often hand wash them to ensure a longer life.  Being able to put them in the dishwasher does make them more convenient to use!


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Thursday, August 3, 2023

Easy Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

 Air fryers are a wonderful tool to have in your kitchen. If you don't have an air fryer consider making room on your kitchen counter for one. From main dishes, and side dishes to desserts, there isn't anything you can't do with an air fryer.

Easy Air Fryer Corn on the Cob
Air Fryer Corn on the Cob - Reviewed
Photo credit Sam Monaco

Our daughter got us a Ninja Foodi Grill for Christmas a few years ago. It is a combination grill and air fryer, and we use it all of the time to make so many easy meals.

Summertime is corn season and grilled corn is a favorite of ours. If you don't feel like firing up the grill just for corn or boiling water to heat up the kitchen try the air fryer.

It's so easy to make in the air fryer, in just 15 minutes you will enjoy that delicious toasted corn flavor with your favorite garnish for added flavor.

How to Make Air Fryer Corn on the Cob:

Air fryer corn on the cob
Air Fryer Corn on the Cob
Photo Credit Sam Monaco

I started with five fresh ears of corn and brushed them with olive oil on all sides, or you could use melted butter. 

Then, I coated them all around with Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning. I preheated the air fryer to 375 degrees and set the time for 15 minutes. We added melted butter and salt for a delicious side dish. My air fryer basket easily fits five ears of corn.

This works well for fresh or frozen corn, but I prefer fresh corn on the cob. If you have an air fryer give this a try, your family is going to love it.

Other Topping Ideas for Corn on the Cob:
  • Sour cream
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Crumbled bacon
  • Chili powder
  • Paprika 
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • Cajun seasoning
These are just a few more ideas for garnishing corn on the cob. I'm sure everybody has their favorite.

You may also like some of my other Air Fryer Recipes:

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Friday, July 28, 2023

Microwave Egg Poacher Makes Perfect Eggs for Egg Muffins

delicious egg muffins made with poached eggs and canadian bacon
I am delighted to be able to review and recommend the Nordic Ware 2 Cup Microwave Egg Poacher.  It exceeds initial expectations.

When my husband said he wanted to buy an egg poacher and make a copycat egg muffin like the popular fast food restaurant, I was willing to be his taste-tester.  He wanted something that would be fast and easy so we did a search for a microwavable egg poacher to start.  

I was concerned about how flimsy so many of them were, but when we came across the Nordic Ware poacher, the search was over.  I love Nordic Ware products.  

I had not previously used one of their microwave cookware pieces, but I have been using their shaped bakeware pans for decades so I know they are a reliable, trustworthy and well-made brand.  Their egg poacher is no exception!  

I am quite impressed with the sturdy cup design of the Nordic Ware Egg Poacher.  The hinges are my only concern, but only time and constant use will tell about them.  However, I'm not overly concerned since the price is low enough that replacing it after a few years should not be too difficult.


 Nordic Ware 64702 2 Cup Microwave Egg Poacher, WhiteCheck PriceHow to Make Poached Eggs with the Nordic Ware Egg Poacher

The poacher makes two poached eggs at one time.  

To make the poached eggs,  lightly butter each egg cup,  add an egg in each cup, break the yolk if desired, and add 1 teaspoon of water per egg.  

Snap the egg poacher shut and cook in the microwave for 80 seconds for firm, fully cooked eggs (microwave cooking time may vary).  Then, let them set and continue to steam cook for 30 seconds before opening the poacher. 

The cooked eggs easily slide out of the poacher cups.

I recommend handwashing the egg poacher to lengthen the life and maintain the quality of the microwavable dish.


Egg Muffin Recipe

My husband loves the Thomas English Muffins, so selecting the muffins was no problem for him.  He also purchased Canadian bacon and of course, eggs.  For my egg muffin, he added a slice of American cheese, but he prefers his without cheese.

He butters and toasts the muffins in the oven and heats the Canadian bacon in the microwave. 

Simply layer the cheese, the Canadian bacon, and the poached eggs in the muffin.  Add salt and pepper to season and you have created the perfect copycat egg muffin of the egg muffin served in your favorite fast food restaurant.


egg muffins made with poached eggs, canadian bacon and muffins


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Friday, July 21, 2023

The Keurig K-Duo Plus Single Serve & Carafe Coffee Maker Reviewed

Keurig K-Duo
This past winter, when Treasures by Brenda featured the Keurig K-Duo Plus™ Single Serve & Carafe Coffee Maker on our Best Christmas Gifts List, I knew I wanted it.  Actually, I needed it!  I put it on my Christmas wish list as my #1 gift choice and it was definitely my favorite Christmas gift.  Each morning, when I make my coffee, I am thrilled to have this awesome coffee maker and I am grateful to my parents for giving it to us.

My 20+ year old beloved Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker had started leaking.  Every morning, my first task was to clean the water up underneath my Keurig before I could have my first cup of coffee.  The leak was slow enough that it didn't require immediate replacement and I did not want to spend the money to replace it until it was absolutely necessary.  But, I knew replacing it was inevitable and probably not too far off regardless of my procrastination. 

While I have loved my single serve Keurig coffee maker, I have missed being able to make a full carafe of coffee to serve with dessert when we have guests.  Gathering around the single serve coffee maker and waiting your turn before you can enjoy dessert is not a pleasant experience.  Most often, I would end up taking coffee "orders" and making a cup of coffee for each of our guests.  This took a lot of time away from our company and I wanted to be in the dining room partaking in the conversation.

Seeing the Keurig K-Duo Plus™ Single Serve and/or Carafe Coffee Maker gave me a desire to retire my old, original Keurig coffee maker and that was not a feeling I had before I was introduced to this new style. 


Benefits of The Keurig K-Duo Plus™ Single Serve & Carafe Coffee Maker

I have already mentioned the ability to make a carafe of coffee or a single serve cup of coffee, but there are additional benefits to the K-Duo Plus coffee maker.

     Keurig® K-Duo Plus™
    Single Serve & Carafe Coffee Maker
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  • Smaller Space Required on the Counter 
  • Water Reservoir can be Placed on Back or Either Side 
  • Water Reservoir has a handle which makes it very easy to hold, fill and carry
  • Strong Brew Option 
  • Multiple Brew Sizes (6, 8, 10 or 12)
  • Carafe or Single Serve Option
  • Accommodates Travel Mugs (up to 8" tall)
  • Auto Shut-off 5 Minutes after Each Brew
  • Programmable Carafe Brew
  • Thermal Carafe Stays Warm Up to 2 Hours
  • Pause & Pour Carafe Option (if you want a cup of coffee quickly) 
  • Clock
  • Measurements: 14.9" Height
  • Measurements with Water Reservoir on Back: Depth: 15.88" - Width: 7.68" (due to front drip tray)
  • Measurements with Water Reservoir on Side: Depth: 11.7" - Width: 8.2"


Keurig K-Duo Plus Buttons

At first, I wasn't sure that I would like the auto shut-off after 5 minutes.  Of course, auto shut-off is extremely important to us, but I am accustom to it shutting off after an hour.  Turns out, I love the shut-off after 5 minutes!   Because it heats up fast, there is no reason to leave it on for an hour.  Plus, when we are leaving the house immediately, the coffee maker shuts-off before we have even left the driveway.  I no longer have to worry that the coffee pot was left on.

Because the thermal carafe holds heat, a warming element is not necessary with this coffee maker.  Therefore, your coffee doesn't start to burn on the bottom which ruins the flavor of coffee, plus makes clean-up harder.

My husband and I both agree that the Keurig K-Duo Plus™ Single Serve & Carafe Coffee Maker is the best coffee maker we have ever had.  Plus, we love how great it looks in our kitchen!




Along with my new coffee maker, I needed a smaller k-cup drawer. The one shown below is the one we selected and fits perfectly. The mug holder you see in the background in my introduction photo can be purchased by clicking this link.

Keurig K-Duo Plus
Keurig K-Duo Plus Single Serve & Carafe Coffee Maker
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Friday, June 23, 2023

Air Fryer Fried Dough

 Easy to make air fryer fried dough reviewed.

Air Fryer Fried Dough

You will find this sweet treat at your local County Fair or Church Bazaars. They go by many different names, fried dough, doughboys, or elephant ears. Whenever we visit a local fair the first thing I look for is the fried dough. Fried bread dough with sugar or sugar and cinnamon all over it.

These little sweet treats are just as easy to make at home with your air fryer. Over the weekend, I picked up some fresh dough at our local grocery store to make some pizza. I had some dough left over, but it wasn't enough to make another whole pizza so I decided to use my air fryer to make these little sweet treats.

How to make Air Fryer Fried Dough:

  1. Take a small portion of bread dough in your hand and begin to shape it into a 4 to 5 - inch disc. not too thick.
  2. Set them on a cookie sheet and lightly coat both sides with oil.
  3. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray or you can lightly brush it with oil.
  4. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees and set the timer to 9 minutes.
  5. Set them in the basket and turn them over after 5 minutes.
  6. While they are cooking melt about 1/2 stick of butter.
  7. Put 1/2 cup of white sugar in a flat dish. You can add cinnamon and mix it together if you like sugar and cinnamon.
  8. When they finish cooking brush with the butter and coat with the sugar mixture.
Make sure you flatten them before adding to the air fryer, as you can see from the picture I made mine a little too thick. They puffed up so much that I considered filling them with strawberry jam but didn't enough on hand. I had room for four at a time in my air fryer basket, I ate one one them before I took the picture. 

If you don't have an air fryer it's just as easy to make these on the stovetop. Check out my recipe here for County Fair Fried Dough.

We love our air fryer, we have a Ninja Foodi Grill and we use it all the time. It's a real time saver for quick indoor grilling or air frying. Check out my review here: Ninja Foodi Grill Review.

For my County Fair Fried Dough recipe on the stovetop, I use my cast iron skillet.


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Monday, June 5, 2023

Easy Homemade Calzone Recipe

 Easy homemade calzone recipe reviewed. Calzones are fun and easy to make. They are a great lunch, dinner, or anytime snack.

Easy Homemade Calzone Recipe

Our grandson Tyler, came over to spend Saturday with us and wanted to make calzones. A calzone is a pizza folded over and filled with anything you can put on top of a pizza.

I went to our local grocery store and picked up some pizza dough, pizza sauce, pepperoni, Italian sausage crumbles, and mozzarella cheese. If you prefer to make the pizza dough yourself you use my Easy All Purpose Dough Recipe.

What makes these calzones so easy to enjoy is that you can easily find all of the ingredients at your local grocery store. Pick up the dough and your favorite fillings and you're on the way to a delicious lunch, dinner, or snack.

Making homemade calzones

The first thing we did was roll the dough out in a greased pizza pan.

Homemade Calzones

Next, we added the sauce, pepperoni, sausage, romano, or parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese.

Calzone ready for the oven

Then, we carefully folded our calzones over in half. Rolled and tucked the edges together and brushed the top with olive oil. Then, sprinkled some romano or parmesan cheese over top, and poke several places with a fork. The olive oil turns the top a nice brown and adds a little crunch. This one is all ready for the oven.

Calzone out of the oven

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and bake these on the middle rack for 20 to 25 minutes until they are golden brown. Let them sit for about 10 minutes and cut in half and enjoy.

Calzones are versatile, you can use just about anything you like as a filling. Following are some different ideas for calzones:

Typical Calzone Fillings:

  • Cheeses: Ricotta, mozzarella, cheddar, feta, and goat cheese.
  • Meats: Pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, salami, Canadian bacon, bacon, steak strips, meatballs, chicken.
  • Veggies: Bell peppers, mushrooms, artichokes, spinach, onions, hot peppers.
  • Sauce: Pizza sauce, ranch dressing, or other dressings.
Mix and match any of these ingredients or some of your own to make a calzone to your liking and then enjoy.

One of my favorite kitchen tools is the Norpro Pastry and Dough Roller the same one Tyler is using in the second photo.

Norpro 3077 Wooden Pastry and Pizza Roller Set of 2Norpro 3077 Wooden Pastry and Pizza Roller Set of 2Check the PriceGlad Nonstick Large Pizza Pan for Oven | Round Baking Tray | Textured Cooking Sheet Crisper | Premium Bakeware Series for Home KitchenGlad Nonstick Large Pizza Pan for Oven | Round Baking Tray | Textured Cooking Sheet Crisper | Premium Bakeware Series for Home KitchenCheck the Price


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Friday, May 5, 2023

Pull Out Drawers For Kitchen Cabinets Reviewed

Pull Out Drawers For Cabinets
I have recently been focused on getting my kitchen cabinets better organized.  I have a tall cabinet pantry with deep shelves.  Items or cans stored toward the back of the cabinet pantry are very hard to get out.  I am required to take everything out from in front of whatever I need and then put it back afterwards.  That process is time consuming and rather tiresome.  

I was thinking one day that what I really need are pull out shelves in that cabinet that would allow me to easily access things in the back, plus see what is there.  I went in search of a solution and found the SlidingSusan Pull Out Drawers for Cabinets.  I measured my cabinet and immediately ordered one drawer to try it.

I was very excited when it arrived and my husband offered to install the drawer for me.  I took everything off the shelf and he went to work.  According to him, it was easy to install.  

This drawer makes a world of difference! It is like doubling the size of the cabinet simply because I can easily access everything stored on that shelf.  

Previously, I forgot what I had and would end up buying more as needed for a specific recipe.  Unfortunately, that meant I would end up with a few cans of food that passed their expiry date before I used them.  

After using the first SlidingSusan drawer for a few weeks, I bought two more pull out drawers for additional shelves. They are truly fabulous and save a lot of time when grabbing a can of something from the cabinet.  Plus, I will no longer discover unused cans that have expired because they got pushed toward the back.  The Sliding Susan pull out drawers are expensive, but when I consider how convenient they are, plus how much of a toll they spare on my back and shoulders, I believe they are well worth the cost.


The Sliding Susan Pull Out Drawers for Cabinets

 SlidingSusan Pull Out Cabinet Organizer - Fully Assembled Pull Out Drawers For Kitchen Cabinets - Dovetail and Soft CloseCheck PriceThese drawers come in several different sizes.  It is important to measure the opening and depth of your shelf before you place your order. 

The drawers have 3" sides which do a great job of holding cans in place so they won't slip off and hit the floor.

The slides allow the drawers to fully pull out, plus they have soft closure that helps keep the items secure.  I did put a liner on my drawers to help keep the cans and bottles from sliding around on the shelves.

The drawers arrive completely assembled. We only had to screw the base to the original shelf.  

I love being able to pull out the cabinet drawer and grab whatever I need quickly, without having to take everything out every time I need something.


Additional Tools Needed for Installation 

  • Center Punch (to start the holes in the existing shelf)
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Wood Glue (my husband used wood glue in the drilled holes to make the screws more permanently secure)



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Friday, April 21, 2023

Rubbermaid Folding 1-Step Steel Step Stool Reviewed

1 step steel step stool in the kitchen
One Step Step Stool
I recently purchased a Rubbermaid 1-step step stool because I need that extra 10 inches of height to easily reach the upper cabinets and shelves in my kitchen.  I especially need the extra height to access the cabinet over my oven where I store my baking pans.  It seems I need that extra step up somewhere in my kitchen on a daily basis.   

I have several step stools that range from two steps to four steps stored in various places throughout my home.  The more steps they have, the heavier they are to move.  While I love my 4-step foldable step stool, it really is too heavy for me to constantly be moving around or using on a daily basis.  While the 4-step ladder is still necessary to reach the top shelves of the cabinets, I rarely need the items I have stored on those shelves. Frankly, I am surprised I haven't previously bought the much lighter weight 1-step step stool. 

Because the Rubbermaid 1-step step stool is so thin (2") when folded for storage, I can slip it between the end of my counter and my refrigerator.  That keeps it close at hand when needed.

Features of the Rubbermaid 1-Step Steel Step Stool

 Rubbermaid RMS-1 1-Step Steel Step Stool, 225-pound Capacity, WhiteCheck Price

I recommend this specific step stool for several reasons.  It has a lock to keep the from folding up when I am standing on the stool.  Plus, I really like the rubber grip on the top and the rubber feet that keep it from sliding.

  • Lightweight - 7.5 lbs
  • Slim Profile - Folds up thin - 2 inches
  • Holds up to 225 lbs 
  • Steel Frame
  • Tread Insert on Step to prevent slipping
  • Soft Comfort Grip
  • Step Locks in Place - Easy Press Button Release 
  • Non-slip, Non-marring Feet

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Thursday, April 20, 2023

KitchenAid 3.5 Cup Food Chopper


KitchenAid 3.5 Cup Food Chopper
My KitchenAid 3.5 Cup food chopper review. There are so many tools for the kitchen, one of my favorites is my KitchenAid food chopper. 

We had a smaller food chopper for years, and it worked just fine. For cooking and baking, I wanted something larger.  After doing some research and reading reviews, I decided on this KitchenAid 3.5-cup chopper.

Food choppers are great and will save you time over using a knife to cut larger amounts of ingredients for a recipe.

 This is where I particularly find it handy when a recipe calls for ingredients to be chopped, diced, or minced. It saves me time. To be honest with you, I'm not that good with a knife.

I'm okay using a knife when a recipe calls for small amounts to be diced or chopped. Such as a couple cloves of diced garlic or a couple of chopped carrots.

When a recipe calls for larger amounts of diced or chopped ingredients for soups, stews, or other dishes it's time for me to use the chopper. 

Salsa recipe
Chopped Cilantro, onion, garlic, and jalapeno for salsa

I recently made some homemade salsa. I needed to chop large amounts of ingredients for the recipe. My KitchenAid food chopper made short work of this task. You can find my homemade salsa recipe here: Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa.

Features of the KitchenAid Food Chopper:

  • Chop, mix, and puree
  • Two speeds with a pulse button
  • One touch operation
  • Stainless Steel Blade
  • 3.5 cup bowl with a pour spout, Handle, and locking blade
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Easy to clean
Since this is a 3.5-cup food chopper it is best to cut larger size onions, carrots, and other larger vegetables into quarters before chopping.

KitchenAid is a trusted name brand. We have several KitchenAid products in our kitchen. We are very happy with the performance of all of them. 

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Friday, April 14, 2023

Collapsible Stackable Storage Bins with Doors & Removable Lids Review

Storage Bins
I love my kitchen, but I wish it had a walk-in pantry.  I have never lived in a home that has a walk-in pantry, but my grandmother-in-law had a fabulous walk-in pantry.  I always thought if I ever built a house, the first thing I would require is a walk-in pantry.

I do have a cabinet pantry, which is pretty, but it simply is not big enough.  My husband's grandmother had room for all kinds of stuff in her walk-in pantry, including small appliances, which left her counter tops clear.  However, since I do not have that awesome walk-in pantry, I am always trying to find alternatives.  

Because we eat most of our meals at home, I need more storage space in my kitchen.  I have a whole shelf in my cabinet pantry dedicated just for the spices I use when cooking and another shelf for baking supplies.  

I hate to admit it, but I started putting surplus supplies behind our washroom door that normally stays open. That was certainly not an attractive solution, but it did provide space for things that I could not fit in the pantry. 

A few weeks ago, something wonderful happened!  I came across storage bins with doors and removable lids.  The fact that they are collapsible, is a huge bonus.  When I do not need them, I can fold them up and store them away.

These storage bins are a lot more attractive than stacked boxes or plastic tubs.  Plus, they fit perfectly behind the open door. 

Collapsible Storage Bins

 Closet Organizers and StorageCheck Price There are 2 sizes available.  Based on the measurements of the space behind the door, I opted for a 3-pack of the 8.4 gallon size containers.  Since I know what is inside the containers, the dark, clear plastic sides allow me to see inside the boxes if I look closely, but would not be clear enough for guests to see the contents.  I can access the contents through the latching doors on the front of each container, or I can lift the lid.

The storage bins have little wheels on each bin for easy moving.  Since the bins stack on top of each other, the lids are made with indentations to accommodate the wheels on a second bin. That construction method gives the overall unit of 3 bins more stability.  They will not easily slide off of each other when moving.  I literally have to pick up the top container to move it from the stack.

These stackable storage bins are the perfect solution for my need for an additional kitchen pantry.  Now that I have them, and using them daily, I can easily think of a few other places in my home or vehicles where they would make a wonderful extra storage place.  


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