Leslie Pantry April 25th, 2018 - 12:21:02
Here are my suggested steps for getting your pantry ready for increased efficiency, order and money saving! 1. As you begin to organize your "Well-Stocked Pantry"...look for any available space you can use to store items; the back of a pantry door can be used to store spices and other small items if you hang a rack over the door. You can purchase these racks at either: Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, Lowes, Target and or any other similar retail store. 2. If needed, now is the time to repaint your pantry walls and shelves. I believe that white or off-white is generally the best color for a pantry. It shows cleanliness! 3. At this point, you can lay down some easily wipe-off surface paper on your shelves. This will protect your shelf surfaces from stains.
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.
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 Pantry Inventory List and Restocking Now that you have cleaned our your "Well-Stocked Pantry," have discarded outdated items, added shelving (if needed), you will want to take inventory.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.
Its also nice to stock a few dinners to make for a friend if they are in need. I came home one day after grocery shopping and my oldest daughter had made soup and bread (refrigerator biscuits) for our neighbor who had learned her grandmother died. As a stay at home mom, this was one area the kids and I could serve and help others. It taught the kids a good lesson in giving. 3. Stock in your pantry: White flour hole wheat flour White sugar Brown sugar Baking powder Baking soda Cocoa Powdered sugar Nuts and seeds Popcorn Cornstarch Yeast -- if you bake home-made breads Again, gear these pantry staples toward your familys needs and tastes. Your items will grow as your recipe base grows and your family establishes a pattern of favorites. 4. I always have chocolate chips in stock, but I keep them in the freezer. Depending on where you live, you may want to keep nuts & seeds in the freezer for freshness too. Well, that should get you started with your pantry staples coupled with some basic pantry organization. To the journey.