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Leslie Pantry April 15th, 2018 - 14:33:41
Upon doing my Spring Cleaning, I wanted to share with you some Kitchen Basics. It is my belief that every home needs a well organized pantry. If you dont have the luxury of a walk in pantry, dont despair! You should be able to designate and organize an area in your home to serve as the pantry. Even if you put up shelves in your basement. The benefits of maintaining a well-stocked and neatly organized pantry are numerous. A bonus is that you wont have to make as many trips to the store. If you follow these easy steps that I have outlined in this article for you -- by starting with keeping items inventoried and making a complete list of what you need to purchase -- it will not only save you much aggravation, but will allow you to use the coupons you have clipped and purchase items on sale and even in bulk, saving you: gas, time and money! As well as your sanity!
2. The heaviest of items should go on the lower shelves. Especially if you have a lazy Susan installed. For example, you have a large can of Tomato Sauce, put it on the lowest shelf with the canisters for your baking goods. In the meantime, leave the upper shelves open for those items that you use frequently, and lighter weight items like beans, pasta and/or rice. 3. By using canisters you can keep dry goods and baking items such as: flour and sugar, fresh and bug free. You can keep smaller items, such as tea and coffee, dried fruits and bouillon in small baskets and/or plastic bins, which also helps keep them fresh. 4. Group items that are alike together: breakfast items, snack items, baking goods, cleaning supplies, dish linens, etc. It is important that if you take a bit of time to consider how things are arranged in the grocery store where you typically shop, you can group your pantry items similarly. Using subgroups will help to keep things more neatly stored and easily accessible. For example, all canned goods go on one shelf, organized into subgroups such as: fruits, vegetables, soups, crackers and cookies, etc.
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.
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!