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Storing Pot Lids, Noiselessly

Fine Cooking Issue 49
Drawings: Heather Lambert
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The great challenge with pot and pan lids is where to stash them. In many homes, they’re shoved willy nilly into a cabinet, where they can become very annoying very quickly. Few kitchen noises are as loud and obnoxious as the clang and clatter of lids banging around as you search for the one you want. One elementary solution is to devote a shallow drawer to lids, stacking them in piles of two or three. They won’t slide around very much, and with little effort, you’ll be able to see what you’ve got. But if your kitchen is endowed with deep drawer space, you’ll probably be happier with one of the inventive ideas shown here. Or try one of the store-bought options shown at the end of this article. Whichever way you decide to organize your lids, put them in the most logical place: near the stove.

Leverage a sliver of space to maximum effect. Making use of what would have otherwise been wasted space, Helen Lupien, of Danielson, Connecticut, stores her lids vertically on the side of a narrow slideout door.

File lids to show all your wares at a glance (below left). Low dividers that run left to right keep lids organized in the kitchen of David Michael Cane of Solvang, California. He sorts the largest lids in back and the smallest in front.

Double-decker drawers (below right) keep lids handy. Joan Hannas of Newton, New Jersey, keeps pot and pan lids sorted in two shallow, slender drawers in a base cabinet alongside her stove.

A notched bar holds lids with knobs. Eugene Foote, of Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, hangs his lids on a wooden strip, notched at intervals to match the sizes of the lids.

Individual partitions keep the peace. Jim Trenkle, of Alameda, California, grooved slots in the front and back walls of a deep drawer, spacing them at measured widths for his lids, and then slid partitions into each slot. Regardless of size, all the lids sit about 1/2 inch below the drawer rim for easy access; wooden blocks in each slot raise the lid as needed. Foam weatherstripping in the slots mutes rattling.

Two store-bought options for pot lid storage

Reversible lid holders (below left). These clear plastic supports are designed for both knob or handle-style lids and can be mounted inside cabinet doors or on any flat surface. You can purchase the lid holders from The Container Store (888-266-8246).

Sliding rack (below right). This chrome basket, with a single lengthwise divider, can be installed on the floor of a base cabinet. You can buy it at Hold Everything (800-/421-2285).


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