Leslie Pantry April 26th, 2018 - 13:23:50
One of the often overlooked aspects of kitchen design; until you dont have one, then youll wish you did, is the pantry. A properly situated kitchen pantry adds valuable storage space and will increase the functionality of any kitchen. Even if you have a relatively small space to work with, including a pantry in your kitchen will improve the overall utility of the space. Traditionally, a kitchen pantry provided space for all of the food storage required for preparing the family meals. A pantry can be as small as 2 feet by 2 feet square. With floor to ceiling pantry shelves, you can store a lot of items, and remove some of the clutter from other areas of your kitchen. If you have the space for a walk-in pantry then you can store almost anything you want, and have it within easy reach to make life easier for you. After all, when you build a new kitchen, you want the finished product to suite your lifestyle and make your life more enjoyable.
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.
3. Clean any dust or dirt off of each item as you go. 4. If something has lost its label, but you know for certain what it is, make either a handmade (or digital created) label for easy recognition and mount it to your container. 5. The best part about this process - even if it is time consuming, is that it only has to be done twice a year. Plan to do it in the Spring and Fall. 6. Clean the shelving and walls thoroughly with a solution of warm water and mild soap, drying them with a towel and by letting the shelf surfaces dry thoroughly. Preparation - Pantry Space Once you have removed everything, cleaned and prepared your pantry space, you are ready to start re-organization. This is the fun part.
The easiest meal for me is spaghetti and my family loves it, so you will always find spaghetti fixings in my pantry -- either the ingredients to make sauce or pre-made sauce, noodles and parmesan cheese (fridge storage). As well, I keep some ground chicken or sausage in my freezer to add to the sauce or serve on the side to accommodate the meat haters in my family. I actually like to keep pantry staples for several possible meals at the ready "just in case." I always have a jar of pesto, mushrooms, pasta, macaroni and cheese, refried beans, canned chicken, tuna, peanut butter and jelly, cans of fruit, kidney and/or pinto beans for chili, and usually a smattering of "cream ofs" are in there too. Thats how you want to think when stocking your pantry. Think about the foods your family likes to eat and meals made in a hurry -- stock those items as you can afford them. Your pantry staples may differ, but should meet your familys unique tastes.