Kitchen Tip: Storing Chips

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Somehow when I my kids became teens, I ended up buying more chips.  I think it started with buying chips for a party or simply having friends over.  I would buy some to have around for those times, but they would end up getting eaten and then I would buy more.  Mostly we eat tortilla chips with salsa, humus, or melted cheese.  But they like potato chips and Doritos and any other chips I will buy.

One problem with having chips in the kitchen is storage.  They take up a lot of space and aren’t particularly attractive to have sitting around (a fruit bowl is much healthier and attractive).

chip basket

My solution was to buy a large rectangular basket to hold my chips.  The basket sits on top of the refrigerator.  This serves two purposes.

1. Even if the tops of the bags stick out of the basket, it’s still more attractive than no basket at all.

2.  While the chips aren’t completely out of sight, they are less noticeable than some storage locations and therefore not eaten immediately.

question markIf you buy chips, how do you store them?




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Comments

  1. We do the same thing except we store inside that cabinet above the refrigerator. We do not have teenagers yet so this keeps them safe – safe from little hands at least :).

  2. Hi, We also keep a few large bags on hand, mostly tortilla, pretzels, and peanuts. We have a big sort of cavernous cupboard that everything gets tossed in. It’s one big free for all. HATE IT! There is one shelf up top in there that I use for boxed pasta and jarred sauce. But the bags are a disaster. We are moving soon to a new house and I think I will employ your basket method!

    PS – Came by way of your comment on Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. Where is the photo of your Lowe’s spice rack??

    • Katherine, I don’t have a photo of the spice rack. It was my bacon popcorn photo that didn’t show up in the Tasty Tuesday linky. If you’re interested in the spice rack, you can see it at Lowes.com here:

    • Oops, the link didn’t go through. Let’s try it again.

      Spice Rack

      • Oh that looks great. I was reading the reviews and I wonder if it would open properly because I have a range hood under the cabinet. Is yours like that?

        • The range hood might get in the way. I have mine in the cabinet to the side of my range, not above it.

          • I’ll go down to Lowe’s and take a look at it. In the reviews someone had recommended it for medications as well. so I will get two of them! Thanks again!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    We also use a basket on top of the fridge. It works really well for our family, especially me, since I have to get up on my tiptoes to reach them. Keeps me out of them, and the kids can’t reach them, either! :)

  4. I can’t believe it…your tip about keeping chips in a basket on top of the refrigerator is exactly what I’ve been doing for several years. Works great doesn’t it? It’s always so fun to read someone else’s remedy for a common problem and it just happens to be the same as my own.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. The basket on top of the fridge sounds like a great idea. Thanks for sharing your tips :)

  6. That’s a great idea. I’ve just started storing chips in a drawer in the spare room. I like to buy up when they’re on sale but then I have no room for them!

  7. I like your basket idea. Baskets just make everything look nicer. I recently make a hanging chip holder for my pantry: http://www.sidetrackedartist.com/2011/05/chip-holder.html

  8. My huge Longaberger picnic basket that sits beside my refrigerator on the counter is our chip basket. We use office binder clips to keep them sealed. As there get to be less chips in the bags, I cut off the tops with scissors to make for easier chip removal and less folding down/easier sealing, too. I have to confess my chip basket also serves another less obvious purpose. If I have to do a quick pickup of my counters with no time to put stuff in its appropriate spot, I throw it in the chip basket under the chips. ;-)

    Shirley

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