Why Tape Is My New Favorite Kitchen Tool

Out running errands last week, one of the kids asked if we could “pretty please” buy a label maker. At first, I was swept up by the dreamy idea of a kitchen made orderly with smart looking printed labels. But the reality of what would actually ensue set me straight:

1. I’d plunk down 30 bucks for the electronic gadget

2. My kids would fight over who got to use it first

3. We would label ourselves silly for exactly 3 days and then put the label maker away, forgetting about it entirely for several months

4. We would pull it out again and find that, in fact, it needed new batteries

5. It would take me 6 weeks to buy batteries only to discover the label maker was actually broken

6. I would get nowhere in my research on how to repair it

7. I would “store” it in the closet for 5 years at which time I would put it in the Goodwill pile hoping that some smart soul would be able to fix it, but knowing full well it was ultimately bound for landfill

And so instead, I bought this:

http://www.momskitchenhandbook.com/my-week-in-food/my-week-in-food-99/

TAPE!

A roll of basic blue painter’s tape, the type you can find in any hardware store, along with a Sharpie is the solution to all my labeling ills. It doesn’t require batteries or an instruction manual, and nobody has ever fought over my tape. I find it handy for…


FullSizeRender (71)Labeling flours and grains so I can keep track of what’s in every jar

http://www.momskitchenhandbook.com/my-week-in-food/my-week-in-food-99/

Restoring order in my spice cabinet, especially as I’m adding new blends and spices all the time

http://www.momskitchenhandbook.com/my-week-in-food/my-week-in-food-99/

Identifying who gets what lunch and getting playful with love notes and knock knock jokes


http://www.momskitchenhandbook.com/my-week-in-food/my-week-in-food-99/
Writing simple recipe formulas on jars of pancake mix and DIY Microwave Oatmeal

Tape as a Kitchen Tool / Mom's Kitchen Handbook

Keeping tabs on what I have in the freezer and when I put it there

http://www.momskitchenhandbook.com/my-week-in-food/my-week-in-food-99/)

I’m so darn label happy, I’m considering carrying blue tape around in my purse.

If you’re not careful, I may just label you too.

Comments

06.08.2015 at 9:19 AM #

Katie @ Mom to Mom Nutrition

It’s the simple things in life that make me the happiest—- and I think the blue tape did it for you too! Lol!! Love the knock knock jokes + sample recipes. Oh and Dad’s lunch. Except I need that for Mom’s lunch so Dad doesn’t take mine 😉

06.08.2015 at 9:19 AM #

katiemorford

Or you can do what I do and hide your lunch behind the kale 🙂

06.08.2015 at 10:25 AM #

tracy

I love your handwriting!! I keep some tape in my bag 😉 You never know when you’re gonna need some!

06.08.2015 at 10:25 AM #

katiemorford

You are my blue tape inspiration, Tracy!

06.08.2015 at 10:52 AM #

Pam

I love blue tape! It is great for everything. Doesn’t fade in the freezer. But, I also love my label maker 🙂

06.08.2015 at 10:52 AM #

katiemorford

I’ll let my kids borrow your label maker when they are feeling deprived.

06.08.2015 at 12:10 PM #

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

Haha! I do the same thing with my many jars and containers!

06.08.2015 at 12:10 PM #

katiemorford

Great minds think alike!

06.08.2015 at 3:57 PM #

Pam Hochman

My mom has been using masking tape for 50+ years for this. We used to tease her about it but she always knows what is in that mystery-filled freezer of hers!

06.08.2015 at 3:57 PM #

katiemorford

Sometimes old school is the best way to go.

06.09.2015 at 12:32 PM #

Jessica @ Nutritioulicious

You’re so funny! You’re whole rundown of what would happen with the label maker is so spot on! Your blue tape is so much more fun!

06.09.2015 at 12:32 PM #

katiemorford

Thanks Jessica.

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