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Old 04-22-2012, 04:55 PM   #1
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Where do you store your kitchen stuff?

Like many people, I do not have a kitchen that was designed to accommodate all my kitchen stuff. I do, however, have a full basement (this is at the house in the city). I lived in that house for a number of years, and then got this idea I wanted to live at the farm, so rented the house out. Well, as much as I love the farm, it is a bit removed from my life and so have decided to return to the city property (which is rural, so the chickens can come with me). Instead of returning all my kitchen stuff to the kitchen, I've decided that the 20 qt. stock pot and the others, turkey roaster, roaster ovens (that would be 2), the crockpots, ice cream maker, meat grinder, bread machine, electric wok, tomato press, apple peeler, spiroli, etc. can live on shelves in the basement. In the kitchen, I am keeping the stuff I use regularly--food processor, stand mixer--it is too heavy to lug up and downstairs. Where do y'all find space for the things you don't use all the time? (And, given that the basement is empty except for the shelves I've installed, I have about 1300 sq. feet for kitchen gadgets!) I don't know why I didn't think of this before...
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:00 PM   #2
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Aside from the kitchen cabinets, I have a 6-foot tall cabinet in a half bath off the kitchen (see Kitchen Aid mixer story)and steel shelving in the basement where I keep equipment and food items.
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:06 PM   #3
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I have an outdoor storage house with lots of shelves. I store oversize and seldom used cooking equipment out there along with extra pantry items. I love being able to take advantage of grocery sales.
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:44 PM   #4
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I have wire shelves in what would be the dining area that hold my appliances, my freezer is in the same room along with the canned goods pantry. The microwave is on the shelves and the only appliance that is plugged in. My "coffee, toaster bar" is on a roll around counter in the dining area, too.

We don't eat in the dining area...
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:50 PM   #5
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I have a small kitchen (7'X8') so I found a space between the foyer closet and the wall next to the kitchen to fit a 4 shelf bookcase where I keep my roasting pan, muffin tin, and extras like spare coffee, extra jar of mayo, sugar, extra creamer (I don't ever want to run out of makings for my morning coffee).
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:54 PM   #6
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I have a small kitchen (7'X8') so I found a space between the foyer closet and the wall next to the kitchen to fit a 4 shelf bookcase where I keep my roasting pan, muffin tin, and extras like spare coffee, extra jar of mayo, sugar, extra creamer (I don't ever want to run out of makings for my morning coffee).
7 foot by 8 inches...that is small. I thought mine was tiny...
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:58 PM   #7
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CWS -- I am glad to read the girls are moving back into town with you. I was afraid they might come along for the ride, only freezer bag style. Did you know in Mpls it is legal to grow chickens in an enclosed back yard. Family a block away from me has chickenwire fence and nylyon netting across the top And a cute chicken house next to their garage. Shade tree for their girls too.

I am blessed with a kitchen with Many cupboards, so most things are stacked away, out of sight. I have one cupboard I call the Den of Useless Gadgets and Never open it-- the pasta maker, tortilla press, french fry cutter ( why? I have a sharp knife !). That cupboard is right next to the Tupperware Cupboard with mix and match and missing bowls or covers. I keep my canning jar kettle, turkey roaster and a humongous stock pot in a cupboard in the basement. The cupboard shelves are full, so there must be other equipment not used very often, probably an extra waffle iron or two. My too heavy juicer sits on the shop bench with a pillow case dust cover. I keep threatening myself I am going to use it right there, but I do lug it upstairs ervery once in a while. The basement double cupboard with doors was built by a prev. owner, is quite handy and the back of it, floor to ceiling, serves as a wall separating the laundry room from the furnace room. I put in a shop bench when I first moved in, but really, I prefer the workshop I built in my garage ( more room) for doing projects. The other half of the basement is a "family room" or rec - room. I have the freezer plugged in there, otherwise that half of the basement is EMPTY>>> Even after many years. Yay!!!

PS -- I did Not go to any estate sales all winter and did Not buy anything new to lug home. Double Yay!!
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:03 PM   #8
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We have a full, unfinished basement where, for years, I grew orchids, along with all my flowers and veggies from seed under growlights on huge steel shelf units. I don't do that anymore. Now the shelves act as a pantry and wine cellar. I have a big wardrobe where I store housepaints, brushes, and other stuff. Part of the basement is used for canning supplies, canned goods, roasters, apple slicers, juicers, etc. The rest of the space is still used for my woodworking shop.
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7 foot by 8 inches...that is small. I thought mine was tiny...
Okay, Miss Smarty Pants! Brat!
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:07 PM   #10
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We don't eat in the dining area...
Kinda guessed that!
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