Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Kitchen Bitchin'

I didn't even think to remove those dumb old cup hooks from the cupboard shelf before I uploaded the vinegars and oils. Dude, I'm never hanging cups from hooks! So maybe I'll remove them later, but then I'd have to take out all those bottles.
Oh.
Life is hard.
Anyway. You are looking at all of my vinegars, on the right side. The oils are on the left side of the gap. There's still some room to shove more stuff on that shelf.
But my organizational plans! Should the Chinese black vinegar go into the vinegar shelf, or should it go with the Asian foods in a different cabinet? Wahh!
Life is hard.
However. (I hope the USPS doesn't come and drag me to jail for this.) Do you see the lining of the shelf? It's overnight envelopes, the odd plasticky things with sticky sealing flaps. You can go right into the post office and lift a few. They fit perfectly into cabinets, and they will stick right into place if you like. Let my oil bottles drip all they want; the government is helping me keep my kitchen neat.
Oh. And. Have I told you my trick of tying a little strip of paper towel around the neck of oil bottles? Like a dandy white bow tie?
Moving in.

15 comments:

Susan said...

I recognize some of those bottles from my own cupboard, though my collection is woefully smaller. You know, I usually don't skimp on oils and vinegars, but I just bought some Trader Joe's white balsamic vinegar (dirt cheap at $1.69) which is really good and great for times when you don't want that brown color all over everything. Have you ever tried it?

cookiecrumb said...

Yeah, Susan: I have a white balsamic in there, but it's not from Trader Joe's. I bought it back when 1) I thought it was too cool for school, and 2) therefore it was expensive, so I sort of hate it. Heh. Stupid, I know. But it's almost empty.
I think your collection is not "woefully smaller," it's "wonderfully smarter." Want some vinegar?

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Dagny said...

I think that all vinegars should be kept together. At least that's how I handle it. Of course, I only have four or five in the cabinet currently.

shuna fish lydon said...

are you going to tell us exactly which vinegars you have?

the USPS will not cart you away, unless of course you don't put some 1 and 2c stamps on to cover the new uppage.

Stacie said...

what a subversive shelf liner you are! man, it must be sweet not sharing a kitchen with small children and a guy who puts things away in a different spot every time.

Kevin said...

CC,
Stolen government property and bow-ties on bottles. This may be your most eclectic post yet.{G}

cookiecrumb said...

Dagny: I'm guessing raspberry is one of your vinegars. I found one in my collection; it had been shoved way to the back and I forgot about it.

Shuna: I'm very fond of an Orleans method Champagne vinegar from Kitchen Line, but it's been hard to find. It may have gone out of production. Right now I'm reveling in a Spanish sherry vinegar. Rice vinegar is always on hand, and there's a teensy bottle of 12-year-old balsamic. The rest is mediocre, although there's usually one good reason or another to have plain white vinegar in the house. Oh, and my homemade apple cider vinegar and homemade "champagne" (Freixenet) vinegars are actually pretty good.

Stacie: As long as your children are sub-height, your upper cupboards should be safe. Oh. Except for dumbo hubby. xx

Kevin: You knew I was kookie when you teamed up with me. :D

Lannae said...

Put the Chinese Black Vinegar on the vinegar shelf. My reason? Oh, Black Vinegar transcends any single country or ethinic group. Or, I am am full of it, and I just love the idea of Chinese Black Vinegar dotted on my hard boiled eggs.

Katie said...

I poured all of my vinegars (7)into colored bottles that I keep right on the counter. That way they are very handy and I never have a clue as to what I'm using....I do a lot of tasting - pour a bit on the finger, lick, repeat. Seemed like a good idea at the time!
Love white balsamic!

cookiecrumb said...

Lannae: I have to agree with you. I'd probably forget about it if I stashed it in the less-used Asian cabinet. I love your idea about putting drops of it on eggs!!

Katie: What fun! You get to taste all your vinegars all the time.

Squishy said...

You are very amusing and I love the way you write :)

cookiecrumb said...

Squishy: You are Squishy, and I love your name, and...
Thank you! Thank you!

Jack said...

Dang it, CC, a click on that photo and I don't get a much larger image! How can I diss your oils and vinegars if I can't see them? :)

cookiecrumb said...

I know, Jack. I've been sizing my pics at 400 so that Blogger doesn't suddenly tell me I've used up all my photo space. And so you won't diss my oils and vinegars. :)