Leslie Pantry April 07th, 2018 - 14:12:54
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.
If you cant get everything into the pantry neatly, you might store non-essential items in a more "remote" storage location such as the garage or basement. Basic Pantry Staples: Baking Soda Baking Powder Corn Starch Flour Sugar (Powdered, Granulated and Brown) Yeast Stock (Chicken, Beef, Vegetable) Maple Syrup Cooking Wine Milk Butter Eggs Mustard Lemons (or Lemon Juice) Mayonnaise Garlic Hot Sauce Onions Parmesan cheese Other Handy Pantry Items: Dried Beans Pastas Spaghetti Sauce Canned Soup (Cream of Chicken or Mushroom) Various Cheeses Sour Cream Cream Cheese Frozen Vegetables (usually frozen taste better) Potatoes Celery Carrots.
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.
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!