Last Updated on July 9, 2023
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Unless you’re lucky enough to have a large kitchen with more than enough storage space, your cabinets probably get a little cluttered and unorganized from time to time. My family does a lot of cooking at home, so we really do need all of our cookware, but it’s difficult to keep it all tidy. One area that gets messy in my kitchen is the cabinet space under the sink. This is where I store all of my skillets, saucepans, stockpots, griddles, and various pots and pans for cooking. My skillets and frying pans in particular often take a beating because they’re all stacked on top of each other, and it’s not always easy to pull out exactly what I want for certain cooking projects.
Enter Aldi. The discount grocer sells a variety of organizational aids at different times of the year. I’ve purchased stacking shelves, under-shelf storage, spice racks, pantry baskets, and an array of kitchen organizers from Aldi. I recently saw some wire pot and pan organizers that I thought might help me corral my frying pans, so I picked one up.
The Huntington Home Pot/Pan Organizer cost $4.99 at the time of publication. Pot and pan organizers on Amazon go for a lot more than that; with some of the more expensive ones being adjustable for a customized fit for your cookware.
Here’s more information about the Pot/Pan Organizer, according to Aldi:
- Can be used vertically or horizontally
- Measures 11.2 inches long x 10 inches wide x 9.5 inches high
- Made in Mexico
This organizer can hold four skillets or frying pans (or five if you are using it in the vertical position, but the top pan won’t be as stable). Some of the pans I’m storing in this include a Crofton Chef’s Collection Hard Anodized Fry Pan with Crofton Universal Lid (the bottom pan in the photo above), along with some Crofton Fry Pans (the red pans in the photo above).
The only pan with lid that the rack does not hold is my Crofton Awesome Pan purchased at Aldi in early 2022. Rather, the pan and its accompanying lid are too large to fit together in a single slot in the rack; they instead have to take up two slots. I’m storing than pan and lid separate from this rack.
I initially tried using the organizer in the vertical position, but it didn’t work as well with my cabinet orientation and with the pipes and garbage disposal also taking up room under my sink. So I tried it in the horizontal position, which was better.
I like that this has enough space that I can also store some lids with the pans. It should help keep my pots and pans in better shape because I won’t have to bang or scrape them against each other while looking for the one I want.
One thing to keep in mind with the pot/pan organizer is that if your cabinet space is very tight or cramped, this may actually make it worse. That’s because it doesn’t leave as much space between cookware pieces compared to when you store them nested in or stacked on top of each other. But if you have some space and are tired of dealing with stacks of pots and pans falling down, this is worth considering.
The Huntington Home Pot/Pan Organizer helps to control clutter in your cabinets by giving your cookware — and even some lids — a place to live. It also may help preserve the life of your pots and pans because you won’t be bumping and scraping pots around looking for the right one. Be aware that this leaves some space between cookware pieces, so if your cabinet space is extremely limited or crowded, everything may not fit with this organizer.