Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. I'm sure a lot of you know people who sell Tupperware, or have entire drawers full of Gladware. But you know what folks? I'm not buying it. Not because I'm cheap, but because it seems wasteful. So every time I go to the store and buy cottage cheese, sour cream, yogurt, or anything else in a sturdy plastic container, I wash and save it once I finish the contents off.
I've been doing this the last two years, basically since I got out of college, Tupperware-less. And as a result of various baking projects *cough*DB*cough* I tend to have various remnants stored in my fridge at any one time. Caramel syrup? Yep! Brown sugar cream cheese frosting? Always! Banana cream filling? Of course! The problem with this abundance? All my containers were opaque, so I could never tell what was in them. So ingredients would languish for weeks before I went through every container and figured out what they all were.
Needless to say, I got sick of doing that. It's annoying to have a perfectly good baking ingredient go to waste just because I had forgotten about it. So I decided to make a solution myself - inspired by dry-erase boards. I found some dry erase sheets at Hobby Lobby, basically a light-weight plastic with a dry-erase coating on it. They were sticky-back, but that didn't really bother me. After assembling all my container lids, the dry-erase material, and some good strong super glue, I was ready to go. All I did was cut out little rectangles of the material, peel off the sticky-back, and stick them on each lid with some super glue.
After a little bit of time, voila! A labeling system! Now all I have to do is grab my dry-erase marker, which is always on my fridge with the board I use for my grocery list, jot on the lid what's in the container, and stow it in the fridge. No more wondering what's in a container, because the answer's right on top! It works wonders for the bulk ingredients I get too - wheat germ, vital wheat gluten, quinoa, etc.
So here's a question folks - or maybe a couple. Do you obsessively keep little leftovers from baking projects? How do you store them - are you a Tupperware fanatic (I won't judge!), or a DIY'er like me? My little inquiring mind wants to know!
Oh, and just so all y'all know (the Midwesterner in me just shuddered from writing those words), I'll be in San Francisco today (6/12) through 6/21 and will be essentially incommunicado. While I considered bringing my laptop, the idea of having to drag it out for airport security stopped me. Speaking of, I need to find the right size bag for my liquids. Grrr.