I used to store my everyday cooking utensils in brown transfer ware pitchers. Now that we've moved, I am decorating with red in the kitchen and have decided to use red transfer ware pitchers for utensil storage. It is so convenient having our most used utensils in sight and close at hand, and it's a great way to show off a small collection.
Isn't this rooster pitcher darling?
No, you don't absolutely have to use transferware pitchers to store your utensils. Below, Martha Stewart uses white ironstone pitchers to house some of her cooking utensils as well as....
vintage crocks to hold other cooking utensils (I'm guessing these are two different houses or props)
Chez Larsson uses a flower pot to hold utensils
Toni, at A Bowl Full of Lemons, also stores some of her utensils in an old crock. I love this!
If you choose to store your utensils in any kind of breakable containers I highly suggest that you stuff some old rags or napkins into the bottom of each container as this will help prevent cracking and breaking when putting your utensils in the pitchers. It seems that when Shawn, the kids or I unload the dishwasher and put up the utensils we sort of just drop them into the pitchers. I had a 100+ year old pitcher I'd been using and cracked it all the way through from dropping utensils into it. Since I've used padding at the bottom of them I have not had this problem. You can see another post HERE where I talk a little more about this and show other ways I've used transferware for storing everyday items.
Here's a photo of my utensils when they were stored in the brown pitchers.
And, here they are again in red. As you can see, I've added a couple more pitchers to the mix. We use lots of utensils!
Initially I tried placing them directly on the counter, like this:
...but since we are limited on space, I decided to place them all on a shallow tray as I did before so that they can be easily moved around as one unit when additional counter space is needed.
I think a collection of advertising crocks/jars would also be a fantastic way to house utensils. How do you store yours? What other things would make cute storage containers for your utensils?
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