Leslie Pantry April 05th, 2018 - 12:07:18
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.
The style of your kitchen pantry can be as varied as your design. Most pantries are a small room carved out of the kitchen space and have standard walls and a small standard door for access. Dont have enough room for a pantry? If possible, when you are designing your kitchen, borrow the space from an adjoining mudroom or laundry room, to enlarge your kitchen space. You will be spending more time in your kitchen than you will in other small utilitarian rooms. You can also build a food pantry to match the rest of your cabinets. Many cabinet makers offer floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinets of varying sizes which allow you to add the option of a kitchen pantry within a small kitchen space. While you gain a significant amount of storage space with a pantry cabinet, you do lose some counter space, but the trade-off may be worth it to you. A cabinet pantry will look very upscale in any design and should be considered as an option when you design your new kitchen.
2. Wipe out the shelves; line them with contact paper, if you like, for easy clean-up. 3. Store like items together; try not to over-stuff. 4. Store all your heavy items on the bottom shelf or floor of the pantry -- wouldnt want to ruin your nice shelves with too much weight. 5. Use air-tight storage containers liberally for pantry staples. 6. Put snacks or kid-friendly items low enough for the kids to reach them when needed, and so they can help unpack the groceries or help in the kitchen getting supplies. 7. When unloading groceries, try not to shove items in your pantry in an effort to make it fit. You will quickly have pantry de-organization! 8. Everything should have a place -- I realize sometimes thats easier said than done. You can designate an area for junk and items that just dont fit right anywhere else. I usually put a basket on the floor of my pantry to "catch" items like this -- I put a bag of onions, a sack of potatoes and rice waiting to be opened in there too. It gives grace to pantry organization.
3. Clean any dust or dirt off of each item as you go. 4. If something has lost its label, but you know for certain what it is, make either a handmade (or digital created) label for easy recognition and mount it to your container. 5. The best part about this process - even if it is time consuming, is that it only has to be done twice a year. Plan to do it in the Spring and Fall. 6. Clean the shelving and walls thoroughly with a solution of warm water and mild soap, drying them with a towel and by letting the shelf surfaces dry thoroughly. Preparation - Pantry Space Once you have removed everything, cleaned and prepared your pantry space, you are ready to start re-organization. This is the fun part.