Oh, happy day that we bring home locally grown, organic whole grains and dried beans to our kitchen. This is one of our favorite days of the year, and I wanted to show you today what it looks like to bring home our share. One of our most common questions is, Where will I put all those grains? How do I store it?
For a full share, we start with two bushel baskets filled with paper bags of grains and beans.
I bring them into our kitchen, and get out my now-empty jars from last year's share. We use glass jars to store our share – our favorites are these large ones from Anchor Hocking, but we also have a few miscellaneous ones we've collected over the years. For the smallest pieces of the share, we just use mason jars, with the lids not tightly screwed on at first.
Using a canning jar funnel, I pour the jewel-like grains and beans into their new homes.
As the jars are filled, I move them to the counter. We prefer to display our jars right there on the countertop, next to our Komo mill. They're beautiful, and when we see them, we use them!
What doesn't fit on this counter, goes on the counter on the opposite side of the kitchen. We have an average-sized kitchen, but we don't have lots of appliances on the counters, so there's plenty of room for grain 🙂 A few smaller jars go into my cabinet, which has no doors, so I still see them and enjoy them.
Walter, our fabulous community outreach team member shared these photos of his grain storage, with his Komo mill on the counter above them:
How about you? How do you store your beautiful grains and beans? Send us a photo of your stored share, via Facebook or email, and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a special PVHG prize! Photos must be submitted by Friday, February 8, and by sending them, you give us permission to share them on the localgrain site. Can't wait to see everyone's displays!