Leslie Pantry April 26th, 2018 - 13:02:15
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.
Modern pantries have evolved from the "butteries" of the old West, and now have a wide range of shelving options available to home owners. Not to be confused with normal kitchen cabinetry, the pantry is often used as a storage area for dry, or canned, foods that do not require refrigeration or constant use. This storage space usually takes on the appearance of a closet filled with food items and the occasional cleaning tool. However, it is the design and manipulation of space that allows each pantry to be unique, as well as hold varying amount s of food items. Pantry shelving system is the ubiquitous choice when first considering how to properly divide pantry space into effective and efficient means of storage.
I have found that it is best to try to reorganize your pantry when you are alone, or have a block of time available for you to concentrate and complete the project quickly! Remember to store cleaning products and chemicals away from your food items! Keep items that you use the most often in front and readily visible! Stack cans, jars and other items so that the labels can be easily read. Always be on the lookout for new organization aids such as: baskets, wire baskets, adjustable racks, stacking containers, and more that will improve your pantry organization. Make a "guest" or "refreshment" shelf to keep crackers, dips, chips, drink mixes and other items handy so you are ready to have an impromptu party or your childrens friends. Keep paper/pencil and/or a small whiteboard in your pantry. You could also paint a chalkboard on the back of your pantry door. You will be surprised how this will encourage family members to add what they would like to the inventory or what they have noticed is out-of-stock.
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.