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Leslie Pantry April 25th, 2018 - 12:22:00
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.
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 Pantry Inventory List and Restocking Now that you have cleaned our your "Well-Stocked Pantry," have discarded outdated items, added shelving (if needed), you will want to take inventory.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.
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!
Also, if you install pantry drawers they will probably only be around chest height at most, so make sure the space above is devoted to shelving too. Folding plastic crates can stand on the floor and a very common use for these is to keep loose vegetables in that do not need refrigerating, such as potatoes, onions and carrots, since the holes in the sides ensure air circulation which prevents your food from spoiling. Totes are small baskets which are usually placed on shelves and used to store small items that may not fit in drawers - think, for example, your collection of spices, which you want to pull out all at the same time to browse through. Not necessarily food either, think about putting food mixer parts in a pantry tote - these otherwise often kick around loose on your pantry shelves and create clutter.