Leslie Pantry April 07th, 2018 - 14:14:18
Nothing is more overwhelming and daunting and an un-organized, cluttered pantry. Pantries can easily become a catch all for all unsightly clutter within a household, but with a few pantry organizers, a couple of organizational methods and a little elbow grease, your pantry look fit for a magazine shoot. First, de-clutter your pantry. Go through and take out all items that do not belong in the pantry, throw away all expired items and consider getting rid of items that you rarely or never use. After your pantry has been de-cluttered, take everything off of the shelves and out of the pantry, essentially wiping your pantry-slate clean. With your remaining items, divide them into sensible categories such as spices, kitchen utensils, canned goods, small appliances, etc. Make sure the categories work for you and your family - each pantry is different.
If you cant get everything into the pantry neatly, you might store non-essential items in a more "remote" storage location such as the garage or basement. Basic Pantry Staples: Baking Soda Baking Powder Corn Starch Flour Sugar (Powdered, Granulated and Brown) Yeast Stock (Chicken, Beef, Vegetable) Maple Syrup Cooking Wine Milk Butter Eggs Mustard Lemons (or Lemon Juice) Mayonnaise Garlic Hot Sauce Onions Parmesan cheese Other Handy Pantry Items: Dried Beans Pastas Spaghetti Sauce Canned Soup (Cream of Chicken or Mushroom) Various Cheeses Sour Cream Cream Cheese Frozen Vegetables (usually frozen taste better) Potatoes Celery Carrots.
Consider the humidity and temperature of your pantry; you dont want to store dry food items in a damp place and a pantry that has a relatively cool, constant temperature is ideal. * If space is limited, buy plastic storage containers that you can stack in a coat closet, on top of closet shelves, and/or even under your bed. In these containers, I would keep items that you access less often in these storage areas. If you buy in bulk to save money and keep the excess inventory in these less easily accessed areas, you can always restock a smaller supply in your most convenient pantry storage area. * Keeping a "good inventory" of the items you use regularly will allow you to be able to avoid tempting sale prices on items you dont use and/or you dont need.
Keeping The Pantry Well Organized Now that you have your pantry cleaned and organized, you will want to follow these few easy tips to keep it that way: 1. Dont buy things that wont get used; this will save money! 2. Do buy only according your tastes, budget and needs. 3. Look for coupons and sale items to keep in your pantry 4. Use your pantry regularly, checking your inventory to be sure that you are not overstocked. 5. If possible, items such as paper towels, paper plates, napkins, etc. that will not expire or become stale, purchase in larger quantities. The Wrap-Up If possible, try to buy reserve quantities of the staple items that you use the most. This will avoid "out-of-stock" items. Having an extra jar of mayo or some reserve cans of chicken and/or tuna salad can come in very handy with a surprise visit from a friend. Be sure to add these items to your shopping list when you break into your reserves. With kids in the house, you might want to consider making a special area and/or basket where you can keep quick snacks and treats handy. This will help keep the kids out the pantry! Homemade trail mix is a great snack and easy to store!