If you’ve been on social media then you know decanting is a thing, and I’m not talking about wine. Decant literally means to poor from one vessel to another. When it comes to food we’re talking about taking items from their original packaging to store in a different, more durable, container.
Now you may be asking why. Why would you spend more time and money to swap out original packaging? I’m glad you asked. Below are 6 benefits of decanting that can actually SAVE time and money, not the other way around.
The mix of colors, sizes, text, and images on various packages looks messy even when it’s not actually a mess. This phenomenon is visual clutter. By eliminating the inconsistent packaging you eliminate the visual clutter. It not only looks amazing, but without the distraction you can actually find what you’re looking for faster.
Have you ever been mid recipe only to realize the baking powder is nearly empty? Clear containers allow you to view stock at a glance and avoid baking disasters.
As any cereal consumer knows, the rolled plastic bag in a cardboard box is not exactly a seal of freshness. Swapping containers can keep your food fresher for longer.
4. Bulk Buying
Kitchen storage is often at a premium making buying in bulk difficult. With decanting you can take advantage of the bulk price savings by keeping a manageable amount in the kitchen and and store the overflow elsewhere.
With a little planning, uniform stackable containers can save space. The ability to stack makes the best use of fixed shelving.
Eliminate the spills. Hard-sided containers are so much easier to scoop ingredients from than bags and (bonus!) some even have built-in levelers.
There are lots of storage options to choose from at many price points. To keep from getting overwhelmed try to stick to one style with a good seal. The rest is just personal preference. Whatever you decide, don’t forget the labels!
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