Leslie Pantry April 26th, 2018 - 13:11:18
A desirable trait of any kitchen is a pantry, ideally, a large pantry. Pantries often serve as a catch all for a hodge-podge of kitchen items. From small kitchen appliances to non-perishable food to the family trash can, a variety of items can be found in almost any kitchen pantry. With so much stuff in our pantries, even the largest of spaces can seem to shrink right before our eyes without the correct organization. To maximize the space in your pantry, organization is a must. The first step to organizing your space is to add pantry shelving. The size of shelves you use will depend on the types of items your store in your pantry as well as the width and depth of your pantry. Customizing your pantry shelving to fit your specific needs can more than triple the amount of usable space in your pantry. Rather than staggering your pantry shelving so that it is all the same distance apart, place the shelves in increments that fit your needs. For shorter items, place the shelves closer together which will make room for additional widely spaced shelves.
2. Wipe out the shelves; line them with contact paper, if you like, for easy clean-up. 3. Store like items together; try not to over-stuff. 4. Store all your heavy items on the bottom shelf or floor of the pantry -- wouldnt want to ruin your nice shelves with too much weight. 5. Use air-tight storage containers liberally for pantry staples. 6. Put snacks or kid-friendly items low enough for the kids to reach them when needed, and so they can help unpack the groceries or help in the kitchen getting supplies. 7. When unloading groceries, try not to shove items in your pantry in an effort to make it fit. You will quickly have pantry de-organization! 8. Everything should have a place -- I realize sometimes thats easier said than done. You can designate an area for junk and items that just dont fit right anywhere else. I usually put a basket on the floor of my pantry to "catch" items like this -- I put a bag of onions, a sack of potatoes and rice waiting to be opened in there too. It gives grace to pantry organization.
9. For all grocery and pantry items, clip coupons from your Sunday paper inserts, grocery store fliers and use them to save money when stocking your pantry. Stock up on those items that are on sale and that you use regularly. Items to keep in your pantry: 1. Spices: Spices are really expensive, so acquire as you go and need them. Of course, salt and pepper are a must; and then buy others as your recipe calls for them. You can save money if you buy in bulk, especially those spices you use often; but the initial outlay can be a bit pricey. Keep spices near your cooking range for easy access -- a "lazy susan" turntable can work well with spices. 2. Keep items in your pantry that can be used to prepare a quick meal with short notice.
5. Labeling shelves will help you keep your groups in order. Pantry Inventory List and Restocking Now that you have cleaned our your "Well-Stocked Pantry," have discarded outdated items, added shelving (if needed), you will want to take inventory. By doing this it will help you to determine what is missing and what needs to be regularly re-supplied. For your convenience, I have created a starter list of common items you may want to keep in your pantry and add to your own pantry inventory list: Canned Items - Soup, Broths, Vegetables, Fruit, Beans, Tomatoes, etc.; * Jar Foods - Tomato Paste and Sauce, Olives, Pickles, Peanut Butter, Jams and Jellies * Baking Items - Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Flour, Sugar, Extracts and more! * Spices - Salt, Pepper, Basil, Italian Season, Tarragon, Paprika, Crushed Red Pepper and more! * Starches - Pasta, Potatoes, Rice * Condiments - Soy Sauce, Vinegar, Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise * Sweeteners - Syrup, Honey, Artificial Sweetener * Dry Goods - Cereals, Oatmeal, Pancake Mix, Raisins & Dried Fruit, Nuts & Seeds * Oils - Olive Oil, Canola Oil, Peanut Oil, Vegetable Oil, etc.