Leslie Pantry March 30th, 2018 - 15:47:17
Pantries are enjoying an upsurge in popularity, and for good reason. They are a great place to store both bulk foods bought at the store (saving time and money for todays busy families) and home-grown or home-preserved foods produced in our once-again-popular home gardens. Three Pantry Designs There are three main types of pantry designs: walk-in pantries, pull-out cabinet pantries and butlers pantries. A walk-in pantry is like a small room lined with shelves, drawers, and perhaps a countertop. Because the interior doesnt have to look as pretty as the main kitchen, you can use cheaper open shelving to create a great deal of storage space for less cost then by using regular cabinetry. Some people do choose to finish the pantry to the same standard as the main kitchen though. A walk-in pantry is great if your household buys certain foods in large quantities and needs to store big bags, boxes or other containers, or large quantities of smaller containers. Its also good for storing some non-food items like paper goods, which come in large packages.
A pull-out pantry cabinet is part of the main kitchens cabinetry and can be a very useful choice if you have no good location for a walk-in pantry. Instead of a cupboard door that swings open, the cabinet front is attached to shelves on rollers which pull forward out of the cabinet so you get complete access to all shelves from both sides. These cabinets are available full height (which blend gracefully with wall oven stacks and fridges), as base cabinets, and even as wall cabinets. Their biggest plus is full, easy access right to what would normally be the back of the cabinet shelves, so you can pack them full of boxes and cans without having to move whats at the front to get at the back. They are, however, quite expensive because of all the mechanical gadgetry inside. If you have a suitable existing cabinet in your kitchen, which currently just has shelves, you can get pantry-cabinet fittings which can be mounted inside to turn the whole thing into a pantry cabinet.
4. Your next step is organizing your shelves according to the contents that you want to keep in your "Well-Stocked Pantry." 5. I suggest getting some of Tupperwares Modular Mate containers. They are great for keeping dry goods such as flour, sugar, pasta, teabags, coffee beans, and cereal. I believe that using rectangular or square containers will take up less space and stack more neatly than round or oval shaped containers. The Pantry Re-Organizing Now that you have cleaned out your pantry, you can begin to get things organized by using the following steps: 1. Start by sorting pantry items into categories: Examples include: fruits, vegetables, soups, condiments, boxed lunches/dinners, canned meats, sauces, baking goods, and rice/pasta/dry beans. While youre doing this first round of categorizing, be sure to put the items in order by their expiration dates, by putting the soonest expiring being the last item to go back into the pantry (i.e. it will be in front, thereby reducing wastefulness).
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.