How to creatively declutter your pantry and keep your dry snacks fresh
Chip clips keep chips fresh. Same for bags of nuts, dried fruit, and the like.
But what happens when you have twenty half-empty bags?
Nobody likes that guy with a disastrous pantry. You know, rolled-up bags galore. Even if the snacks are healthy, you still look like a clusterfucked slob.
Mason jar miracle
Like some of the best inventions, this trick came to me by accident.
I had an extra pack of Mason Jars.
I had a pantry full of half-empty bags.
And I had a moment of clarity.
Why not dump snacks into jars?
This way, I’ll get:
- Clutter-free cupboards.
- Fresh, longer-lasting snacks.
- A cool-looking display of all my dry snacks.
The best part of using mason jars to store my dry snacks? You remember what you have to eat!
It’s all there. In plain sight.
Bye-bye bag mess
Mason jars are huge. That’s why I like ’em:
- Massive glasses of H2O.
- Giant jars of pickles.
- And now, chalk full of snacks.
When I get home from the grocery store, I empty the (grocery) bags.
Then, I empty the (snack) bags! What else would you do with an empty bag of raw almonds?!?
Trail mix made easy
I eat different snacks at different paces.
Often, I’m left with a little bit of this.
And a little bit of that.
Now, I consolidate to one jar and get trail mix.
Of course, you gotta mix it.
One full jar of trail mix is much more appealing than several nearly empty jars of nuts.
Before, I’d have 20% full (80% empty, pessimists!) prime to go stale. And, they were an eye sore.
Now, they’re fresh, sexy, and at arm’s length.
Some recipes call for irregular purchases. If not for this declutter and preservation trick with Mason Jars, I’m more likely to waste food. What’s more, I’m less likely to need a special trip to the store!
Raw cashews are one example. I snack on them occasionally. But, I mostly use ’em for my cashew queso.
Slivered almonds are another. Some salads, like my Kale Brussels Sprout Salad, need ’em. What’s worse than trying to silver almonds by hand? Perhaps making a special trip to the store to buy a bag?
No bag, no problem
It’s still worth using a mason jar.
I fill Mason jars with non-bagged goods.
Stuff that I use every day is much easier to access in a Mason jar.
Like instant oatmeal.
Or Meta-mucil. Can you spot Lucy? 🙂
Yes, I use Meta-mucil every day. Can’t recommend it enough.
Bags of tortilla chips are fine. But at the bottom, what’s left?
I throw those in mason jars, too.
Otherwise, they’d go to waste. Or, just make my pantry a cluttered mess.
I use them all the time for stuff like my Buffalo Turkey Burgers.
Mason jars are cheap. Go get a pack of 12 from your hardware store.
If you know someone who hates clutter or loves their nuts fresh, pass this on. And, leave a comment telling me about other ways you’ve decluttered your pantry or dealt with snacks going stale.
Do it right meow!