Today I wanted to kick off our home keeping series for this year with my solution for tea bag storage. The girls and I love herbal tea. We love it so much we often have a number of different flavors on hand and while we enjoy them mostly during the cold weather months, we do drink tea all year long. The problem lies in the bulky boxes the tea comes in. I have found the best way for us to store the tea that takes up virtually no room but keeps the tea fresh and safe and keeps the pantry tea box free! Leaving room for more important things!
The secret to my tea storage is ditching all those bulky boxes! I came up with this idea at the craft store. I bought a scrapbook project box which is intended to house 12 x 12 inch paper and other supplies for papercrafting. But I had other plans. I brought this box home and got all of my tea out of the pantry and then I took the bags and popped them into sandwich bags to keep them fresh. Then I cut the fronts off of each box and stuck that inside each of the corresponding bags. This serves two purposes. First it helps you to know what flavor the tea is and second it gives the bag a bit of stability.
Not all of your tea bags are going to require that you cut the box apart. In fact some brands of tea come individually wrapped for freshness. The Tazo and Bigelow teas come individually wrapped. The Celestial Seasonings teas come in wax paper bags inside the box then the bags are loose and unwrapped but attached in pairs. This is where the box front is important. Because how will you tell Sleepytime from Orange Zinger by just looking at the bag? You aren’t. So unless you enjoy tea bag roulette, cut the box apart. You can thank me later.
I currently have 24 kinds of tea in my tea box. That may sound like a lot, but really, it goes fast and we love tea and we especially love having variety. I could put more in the box too so there is room to grow. I made the label on the front of my box on my Cricut. I cut it from some vinyl and designed it in Sure Cuts A Lot SCAL program. I used the vinyl I had on hand so the colors are just what we had.
The best part about this box is that it has a super low profile I can snap it shut and stand it up on it’s side and it takes up hardly any room at all. This can also be stored flat in a cubby that you may have in your kitchen where nothing else fits or anywhere that you can find to make the most of your space.
I also shared my favorite hot water kettle. I understand that my friends across the pond may not ever have heard of a kitchen without a hot water kettle, but here in the states this is not something that is common. I love this thing and purchased it to use for canning vegetables but it has taken a permanent spot on my countertop, next to my coffee maker. It makes nearly two full liters of hot, boiling water in just about three minutes flat. Much nicer than using the microwave and it is also safer because you avoid that phenomenon where the water is so hot it does not boil but as soon as you touch or pour, it will erupt in your face or on your hands. This kettle is much safer. I will leave a link below for you to check out if you are interested.
I hope that my fix for tea bag storage gives you some ideas and inspiration to do this for yourself and save some pantry space in your own kitchen. This works for us. It may not be the most perfect solution, but it is the best way we have found to tame the tea bag monster. If you give this a try, be sure to let me know how you liked it and snap a pic and tag me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!
I hope you give this a try and I hope you love it!
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