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Leslie Pantry April 05th, 2018 - 12:18:31
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.
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 Pantry Inventory List and Restocking Now that you have cleaned our your "Well-Stocked Pantry," have discarded outdated items, added shelving (if needed), you will want to take inventory.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.
After you have installed your pantry shelving, take a look at what you store in your pantry and think about additional ways to organize them. Keep items you use closer to the front and items you do not use as often to the back. Consider purchasing a few storage containers to contain those smaller items that seem to scatter easily. If your pantry also serves as storage for a broom or mop, consider installing holders on the back of the door designed specifically to hold these items. As you are organizing, be sure to keep similar items together. For example, designate one shelf for small kitchen appliances and another for the cans of food. Many people tend to ignore organizing their pantry since it is most often hidden behind closed door and out of sight. However, organization of your pantry does not just make it "look good" - it can add additional storage space to your home. By adding the right type of pantry shelving and organizing the items on the shelves, you can maximize your space without building a bigger house.
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.