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Organization: Storing Pots and Pans in Limited Kitchen Space

Kitchens with limited cupboard space means that one must think creatively to be organized. Not all who rent are allowed to hang up racks, as the one shown in the photograph.

Stacking and nesting of skillets, pots and pans might be a solution to use less space, but it can also damage and scratch non-stick pans by doing so. There can be scuffs and permanent marks on the shiny ones. To save space, many have damaged favorite (and expensive) pieces of cookware.

One inexpensive solution is to use basket-style coffee filters. They can be purchased inexpensively at a local "dollar store", acting as a perfect remedy. By placing the filters between the pots, pans or skillets before nesting, it offers just enough protection. Paper towels are just as functional. It will help to protect the non-stick surfaces from getting scratched.

Coffee filters and paper towels may not work as well for cast-iron skillets, which need to be kept oiled. Because of the absorbency, it could remove too much oil. Cast iron can also get a bit gummy, if not oiled properly, and with too much oil.

One possibility might be a paper plate with a light waxy coating.

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Adapted from previous article published in October 2014 on Bubblews and removed by the author.

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inertia4 wrote on July 29, 2015, 3:19 PM

I have to stack all my pots and pans. Not always good. But I can actually hang a rack if I want to. And I have thought about doing that also. But I want to get the kitchen redone before I do anything like that.

MegL wrote on July 29, 2015, 3:26 PM

Innovative ideas, never thought of those. I stack a number of mine.

CoralLevang wrote on July 29, 2015, 3:30 PM

Just flatten out a basket shaped paper coffee filter. Old towel might also be good.

CoralLevang wrote on July 29, 2015, 3:31 PM

I would love to have an option of doing so.

inertia4 wrote on July 29, 2015, 3:34 PM

Well, how many pots and pans do we really need anyway. Think about it. Not many. So it should be somewhat easier to store. Unless you have lots of them.

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 29, 2015, 6:08 PM

I use mostly cast iron an can tell you they are next to impossible to scratch. My are stacked, when you oil you then need to cure them and that dries up the oil pretty good so the bottoms are fine to go on a hot burner

morilla wrote on July 29, 2015, 8:06 PM

I haven't had trouble with a folded paper towel with cast iron; but, then again, I don't really "stack" them either. (The paper towel tends to help with potential moisture.) I suppose one could argue that you shouldn't have more pots/pans then you can use. Then again, since a kitchen tends to be to a woman what an office or den or garage is to a man, things tend to 'collect.' Even stacking stuff, though, it often ends up being an exercise in creativity and finding empty holes to fill.

Paulie wrote on July 29, 2015, 11:46 PM

The basket-sized coffee filters sounds like a very good idea. I had the same problem when renting a small apartment.

cheri wrote on July 30, 2015, 1:09 AM

This is one of my problem in the house. I have a small kitchen and its not yet done.

CoralLevang wrote on July 30, 2015, 10:08 AM

I REALLY want a Keurig. I'm not sure it's worth the extra expense for the brand name. I'm also not sure about the newer models which required some special new cup with a chip in the top, because the others were not interchangeable with the new model. I haven't investigated it further. I have a small French press and a programmable drip pot, so I really do not need the extra expense, but I really would like one. LOL

CoralLevang wrote on July 30, 2015, 10:08 AM

I wonder how many pots and pans Bobby Flay,, have!? emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on July 30, 2015, 10:13 AM

I got my Mom's two cast iron skillets that I remember her using from my childhood. They were still in the apartment when I arrived after 9 days after she passed away. Everything else was primarily gone/picked through/taken to Goodwill. I was sick about how things were handled, but cannot do anything about it. I LOVE these skillets, because they represent so much of my mother. When my daughter left her marriage last year, I gave her one of them, along with some advice (that "Grandma told me to tell you...when I had a talk with her last night.")

CoralLevang wrote on July 30, 2015, 10:15 AM

morilla Ah, yes! Inertia4 needs to read this comment! LOL emoticon :winking:
I mean, really, how many danged screw drivers and wrenches does a man need in his tool box, anyway? LOL

CoralLevang wrote on July 30, 2015, 10:18 AM

Paulie The cool thing about coffee filters is that they can be used for so many things. I wish I had been one to write the articles that are now out there on the Net. I've been using them for decades in place of paper towels, and other things. I make my own yogurt cheese by draining plain yogurt of the whey. I also have used them to clean mirrors with some glass cleaner, as they do not have the lint that other paper products do. I would use newspaper, but I do not like the black ink on my hands.

CoralLevang wrote on July 30, 2015, 10:22 AM

Metal racks in my cupboards have helped me for space-saving in my cupboards for the plates and such.
Where they really have gone down in the design in my kitchen, is they have one fairly large drawer for silverware, and 4 very small drawers that cannot hold organizers for things like cooking utensils and other things. I dislike those 4 so much.

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 30, 2015, 12:44 PM

I had one of my granmothers for years. A dog knocked it off the stove just right and the handle broke taking part of the edge with it. I sat and cried over that. But I do still have a couple of afghans that she made for me

CoralLevang wrote on July 30, 2015, 2:25 PM

Instead of a skillet, it is still a baking pan for corn bread! emoticon :winking:

Ruby3881 wrote on July 30, 2015, 4:37 PM

I wonder if waxed paper might work for the cast iron cookware?

CoralLevang wrote on July 31, 2015, 6:21 AM

that might, also, but not if it is to keep moisture from ruining the iron. That's why Mom used paper towel.

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 31, 2015, 10:39 AM

nope it broke too deep even for that. I could have beat the dog with it but with the handle gone it did not swing too good lol

inertia4 wrote on July 31, 2015, 1:03 PM

I am sure he has many and they are all stored in a over sized kitchen. And besides, that is how he makes a living. He might not even cook that much anymore.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 31, 2015, 11:01 PM

We stack our pots and pans but I've never thought about putting something between them to avoid scratches. I'll share this with K and see if she wants to try it.

CoralLevang wrote on August 1, 2015, 12:48 PM

Coffee filters basket-style... $1.... dollar tree