|Here I used the actual Bob's Red Mill plastic bag that I cut out.|
It really saves on my level of frustration at trying to pull little pieces of tape off of containers. Then I simply try to put the tape over the label, and make sure it looks as straight as possible. After this is done, I simply put it onto the end of the container that is sticking out so that when I look into the cupboard it is visible.
The absolute best time to do this is when you are putting the product, say Oat Groats (whole grain oats) into the plastic container you will be storing it in. If you do it even a week later, then you risk labeling it Winter White Wheat instead.
Now the trouble with this is:
They look almost exactly the same! Now look at that, can you tell which is which?
The picture above is usually the first clue, the flour is way to white and the gluten is really really really weak. The other clue is when you are finished grinding it, and it is all clumpy looking and the texture is way off. That is when you go back to the container to make sure you used the right stuff. I mean it's label tells you what it is. What the heck is wrong with the flour? It has never done this before! I kneaded it for over ten minutes, and could hardly form it into a ball without it tearing.
After baking a loaf of Hamelman's 5 grain bread, which turned out 2 inches high and dense, you start searching your mind and the internet to find out what went wrong. You spend a lot of time till you suddenly remember that you had another grain you were putting away at that same time. You also remember that you didn't label that container till about a week after you put it into the cupboard. Then it all makes sense, and you perform tests to figure out if that is really Oat Groats in your White Wheat container.
The moral to this story is label your containers right away to save yourself time, money, and ingredients. Although the chickens did enjoy their bread treat today, I think we would have enjoyed it a lot more!