Leslie Pantry April 25th, 2018 - 12:04:48
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.
In reality, a pantry varies to the familys needs, tastes and preferences. The items stored and where they are placed are constrained based on budget and financial limitations. Households with minimum budget, especially with kids, will go for a pantry where cereals, formulas, diapers and snack foods are easily seen. The products bought are mostly not that expensive, particularly for single-income earners. Living with active lifestyle, diets stored in your pantry can be pickled asparagus, cocktail crackers and small jars of caviar for pick-up appetizers and other hostess gifts. Home bakers may have flours, gluten and different kinds of powdered ingredients in their pantries. For food stuffs that need only heating may use microwave entrees and freezer pizza. Basic personal necessities may include: toilet paper, detergents, toothpastes, bath soaps, shampoos, etc.
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.
In choosing the right shelves for your pantry there are several important factors to consider. First, the amount of space available will often determine what kind of shelving units are appropriate. Free standing pantry shelves will occupy more space than wall-mounted pantry shelving systems, and will also be surprisingly weak in their ability to hold large amounts of weight. Second, as previously mentioned, the amount of weight that will be required to be held will justify which type of pantry shelves to purchase. Wall-mounted systems are often directly attached to wall studs by screws, and are therefore often stronger and less likely to bend. Price, is the final, and most important piece of the puzzle. Wall-mounted pantry shelving systems are cheaper than plastic shelving systems, which are,in turn, cheaper than wooden systems.