Baking equipment on test Best for Baking

It’s the simple things that make me happy… like a tidy baking cupboard.

Last week at my dress making class the ladies thought I was a little bit funny.  You see I had just bought a brand new pair of dress making scissors, (you know the kind that the kids aren’t allowed to use on paper!) and I was saying how…. “these new, extra sharp, oh so much better than my old pair are going to make cutting out my latest creation a complete doddle. These scissors make me happy!”  I said.

It really is the simple things in life that make me happy.  If it’s a practical kind of buy, the kind that makes your everyday life so much easier then I am going to love it.

Insert shelf here.

Yesterday I went to Ikea with my mum. I only had one thing on my shopping list. The Variera shelf insert. I have become addicted to these things. We have an Ikea kitchen which I chose because they have very tall units – which means plenty of baking storage space. I already have a few of these shelf inserts to raise up cups and jam jars and wanted a few more for my armoire which houses all of my baking tins, cutters, rolling pins etc. As soon as I got home I built each shelf ( I bought five) and before dinner was even on the table I had decided to sort out the other baking cupboard. The one with all the food in.


The food cupboard- BEFORE

As you can see, this cupboard had become pretty cluttered. I hadn’t had a clear out in a while and as I do more and more baking I have more and more equipment and half used packages piling up. Time to get organised and stop the constant avalanche every time I reach for the scales.

I already had a ton of Lock & Lock Stackable Airtight Containers (another addiction of mine) and I decided it was time to re-label them with my BROTHER Label Printer .  I’ve had this thing for years. It’s great for labeling the kids stuff for school. I use it to show me which container has which sugar or flour in it. I hate to leave opened packages of flour and sugar around. I like them to be wrapped up and air tight so these are perfect.


The food cupboard – AFTER

Once all the labelling was done I popped one of the larger shelves into the bottom of my cupboard and just slotted everything into place. I have a neat box for sprinkles that fits perfectly on top of  the shelf and a plastic basket that holds odds and ends – like yeast, cup cake cases and essences etc under the shelf. No more balancing act.

I re-filled all the Lock and Lock containers with flour and sugar and chucked out a few forgotten packets of currants and pine kernels.  I also found some chopped almonds that need to be used up so I shall be baking something with them this week.  There were also few odd balls of left over marzipan in zip lock bags too, but they have gone straight onto my hips… I mean I ate them. ALL of them! Thanks Mum!


I am now the proud owner of a clean and easy to access baking cupboard which has made me very happy indeed. Time to get the baking books out I think.

So what’s your simple baking pleasure? I’d love to know.


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  1. Oooh these are a great idea! And so cheap as well!
    I had to sort our cupboard out the other week, into sweet and savoury, things were falling out everywhere. But our shelves are quite tall as well so these would be a welcome addition – Ikea here I come!

  2. These look great. I have an Ikea kitchen too and have considered getting these before.
    I totally know what you mean about the sewing scissors. There’s nothing like a brand new sharp pair, although somehow my daughter always seems to end up using them on paper in the end! 🙂

    1. EmmaMT from says:

      I’ve trained my daughters not to go near my dress scissors by saying don’t touch the orange ones just the black. Guess what colour my new ones are? Yep black!!

  3. Why is it that it’s the baking cupboard that always gets into a mess? After a few years of living overseas I used to love baking and inviting friends around for coffee it was just a little bit of home for us all x

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