Do you ever have trouble remembering what’s inside your kitchen canisters?
When Jennifer and I were growing up, Mom used four metal canisters to hold flour, sugar, brown sugar — and tea, I think it was — in that order, from the largest to the smallest. They weren’t labeled, nor were they airtight. It was years before I realized that you were supposed to be able to scoop up brown sugar instead of chisel it with a paring knife.
When I set up my own kitchen, I purchased airtight lime-green Tupperware® canisters. They came with nifty little preprinted labels to identify a variety of contents: flour, powdered sugar, rice, brown sugar, snacks, biscuit mix, tea, flour, coffee, cookies, sugar, etc. That was some thirty years ago.
As I gradually changed my eating habits, I started to get confused about the canisters’ new contents. The one that used to hold sugar now contained whole-wheat flour. What used to keep powdered milk fresh now rattled with popcorn kernels, ready for the air popper. I needed new labels for these items along with some for whole-wheat flour, oat bran, and steel-cut-oats. The preprinted labels didn’t include those options.
So I made my own labels. You can too. All you need is a sheet of paper, clear tape, and either a computer and printer or a typewriter — or the ability to write legibly, a skill I don’t seem to possess.
After keyboarding the names in a font I liked, I wrapped each in a box or rectangular “autoshape” (as Microsoft Word calls it), and printed the page of assorted labels. Then with scissors I cut out each box. Using a swatch of 2-inch clear tape, I attached them to the canisters. The tape protects the paper from splatters, and when you eventually decide to remove the labels, there’s no annoying sticky-paper mess left behind, as often happens with regular labels.
You may have noticed I have six lime-green canisters in the photo, two more than came in the original set of four. That’s because I pick up extras at yard sales when lime green isn’t such a cool kitchen color. The Savage Sisters don’t mind holding on to useful items until they come back into style — if they’re still in good condition and we liked them in the first place.
Of course Jennifer might have found a way to hot-glue flowers or lace on them to get them through the uncool period. I hope she has a chance between hospital shifts to blog soon about some of her amazing decorating ideas.
As you’re cutting out the labels, our legal department wants us to remind you not to run with scissors.
Written by Fiercely Frugal Savage Sister Diana
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