What's your "pantry"?
False
The Water Cooler
What's your "pantry"?
Discuss all things non-baking
Where/ how do you store food staples?  I have a medium/small closet with white wire shelves.  I store canned goods, extra flour and sugar, CHOCOLATE (do not refrigerate this chocolate) mixe
0
Cat:3473a929-a609-4b85-8818-bf915c7505deForum:46fe1a99-7ba0-4d0b-8807-3a2be6e8c083
Cat:3473a929-a609-4b85-8818-bf915c7505deForum:46fe1a99-7ba0-4d0b-8807-3a2be6e8c083Discussion:d801ea7d-1007-4fef-bc9a-e604b8f0c0d9

Forums » Baking Forums » The Water Cooler » What's your "pantry"?

You must be logged in to contribute. Log in | Register
 
Forums  »  Baking Forums  »  The Water Cooler  »  What's your "pantry"?

What's your "pantry"?

posted at 2/18/2011 8:16 AM EST
Posts: 7289
First: 6/23/2010
Last: 4/15/2014
Where/ how do you store food staples? 

I have a medium/small closet with white wire shelves.  I store canned goods, extra flour and sugar, CHOCOLATE (do not refrigerate this chocolate) mixes, bags of chips  plus the spare plastic ware, storage stuff, trash bags....
It's packed solid.

Re: What's your "pantry"?

posted at 2/18/2011 9:16 AM EST
Posts: 3406
First: 10/6/2010
Last: 4/15/2014
I depends on the item.
Some baking items, ones most used are in a smallish pantry cabinet.  Others that are not used as often, or extras are stored in bins on utility shelves on our "porch". Other canned goods and items for meals are in a kitchen cabinet.  Some extra items are also stored on the utility shelves.
I would love to have the kitchen re done with more storage space and more useable space but I don't think that will ever happen.  House I am in is a "tear down" and I don't see the sense in putting money into it given my husbands condition.
I also have come to the conclusion I have way way too much "stuff" I have started to get rid of the things I don't use but that takes a while.

Re: What's your "pantry"?

posted at 2/18/2011 9:53 AM EST
Posts: 124
First: 8/13/2008
Last: 5/11/2011
I am lucky enought to actually have a real pantry!  It's a small room with shelves on 3 sides and since I have vaulted ceilings througout the house, that extends to the panty giving me a lot of storage for rarely used items up high and out of the way.  I purchase flour, sugar, rice, pasta, etc in bulk and store them in either tins or platic containers depending on the item.  I also have plenty of room to buy canned products (tomato sauce, soups, etc) on sale or bulk packaged so we always have something to use.  I actually have one shelf reserved for spices/condiments (in roughly alphabetical order) so I can just refill the smaller kitchen containers as they get low.  The back wall, with shelves about 4' deep, is reserved for paper, foil, plastic products and rolls, specialty appliances, candles, vases, hot/cold containers - anything that really doesn't have a place to live.
With teens still at home, this is a big help.  I just hope I have something similar when I move to my final home in Alaska.

Re: What's your "pantry"?

posted at 2/18/2011 10:10 AM EST
Posts: 528
First: 10/6/2010
Last: 6/11/2011
we are on a as needs basis, very little storage space. Flour, sugar and sorts are in plastic air tight containers.

Re: What's your "pantry"?

posted at 2/18/2011 10:58 AM EST
Posts: 2514
First: 6/4/2010
Last: 4/16/2014
Ihave canned goods in my pantry and thats all.

Re: What's your "pantry"?

posted at 2/18/2011 11:35 AM EST
Posts: 725
First: 12/31/2009
Last: 3/21/2014
I have a pantry in my kitchen.  I store almost everything food related in there except my flour and sugar which are stored in a cupboard in air tight canisters.

Re: What's your "pantry"?

posted at 2/18/2011 12:52 PM EST
Posts: 4948
First: 6/4/2010
Last: 4/30/2013
I have a pantry in my kitchen,which is a good thing with me being a couponer.The doors on the pantry where in bad shape so when we had our new floor put in I did a little sewing.I made new cafe curtains for the windows and an upper and lower set of cafe curtains for the pantry instead of a door,it's so nice to be able to open that up wide to see all that I have and be able to find things.I also made a cover for my big mixer,it really looks nice.Some times I have an over flow and those items go in empty cabinets.

Re: What's your "pantry"?

posted at 2/18/2011 1:09 PM EST
Posts: 1034
First: 10/1/2008
Last: 4/14/2014
My husband has always said "give her a cupboard, closet. etc. and she will fill it up"  When we redid our kitchen 20 years ago I had a nice pantry installed.  However, it is filled to the gills.  I have canned goods, mixes, extra sugar and flour ( In ziplock bags) extra paper goods etc.   The problem with my kitchen is that it has windows across one whole side over the sink and beyond.  It cuts down on the extra cabinets I could have on top.  However, it is very light and airy.  Guess you can't have everything.  Oh! and when we go to Costco and pick up their huge amounts of things, I have a shelf in the garage for extra stuff.

Re: What's your "pantry"?

posted at 2/18/2011 2:47 PM EST
Posts: 1627
First: 8/9/2008
Last: 6/11/2013
I have a closet with shelves and my stepson built me a pantry last year so I am lucky.
My husband also said that I would fill it up and I did. I have a 6, 7, and 8 quart crockpot.
I keep all my canned goods from Walmart and Costco in there too. I always have a
backup, so I don't need to run out to the store all the time.

Re: What's your "pantry"?

posted at 2/18/2011 3:46 PM EST
Posts: 992
First: 10/7/2010
Last: 8/28/2011
 
Ihavea pretty goodsizewdpantry cklosetin mykitchen( rarein condos)  It'swellstockedw/rotated staplesforour ife-style:
lots of canned tomatoes( sauce/dice; petite diced;crushed,paste
dry beans( red,black, garbanzos,pinto
 lentils,split peas
wholegrain(pot) barley
kasha/buckwheat groats (Eastern European whole grain or pilaf
 aast. dry pastas: elbows rigatoni,penne, spaghetti, linguine, 3 color rotinni; dry 4 cheese tortelinni ( for pasta salads)  
 dried sliced shitake(Japanese black mushrooms)
ev aporated milk
 dry milk

asst. dry mixes:
brownies, gravy;
sugar free drinks
 canned beets
 dill pickles
EVOO
 (Oriental) dark sesame oil
 canola oil 
 canned tuna
canned salmon
Baking soda; BP
(Splenda)sugar blend, for baking
 mollasses
honey

 cocoa powder
cidervinegar
 redwinevinegar
 rice vinegar
 chocolate morsels
The nuts are in the freezer or refrigerator

canned broths( beef & chicken( for use as soup starters/bases
That's in mypantry; so much more in the freezer & refrigerator
But, you didn't ask thatTongue outWink

Re: What's your "pantry"?

posted at 2/18/2011 5:41 PM EST
Posts: 658
First: 8/8/2008
Last: 6/5/2012
I just have floor to ceiling cabinets.

Re: What's your "pantry"?

posted at 2/18/2011 6:46 PM EST
Posts: 1817
First: 9/9/2008
Last: 4/15/2014
I am so jealous of anyone who has a walk-in pantry LOL!  Actually I have a pantry in the kitchen but with shelves only about 12 inches deep.  I keep all the often used items in there, flour and sugar in canisters, open syrups, pancake mixes, marinades and of course my teas and cocoa mix.  When we first moved in my husband built a pantry downstairs for the canned goods and jellies, then he built shelves under the stairs for paper towels, napkins, plates, etc.  Of course the spices are in a cabinet close to the stove so I can reach them easily.

  With my kids grown and gone now I have tried to cut back on things I stock up on but it isn't easy breaking old habits so things are pretty much filled up still.  My kids have come to expect a "care" package to take home everytime they come to visit just like they remember their grandmother did years ago(and still does) LOL.

Re: What's your "pantry"?

posted at 2/18/2011 8:00 PM EST
Posts: 992
First: 10/7/2010
Last: 8/28/2011
I have a medium size nearly adequate) pantry, hind doors; rare in a condo) It's in the kitchen Cans& pkg dry /staples are inthere;repacked into airtight plastic boxes ( *upperware)  Overflow is in  hall coat closet.
Other unopeneditems(HUGE SALE PRICES) 2# cansofhunby'sfavecoffee( @$3.50# )
Opened items, needingcoldstorage arein rfrigerato/freezer( whole wheat flour, PB;  open can  of coffee; open mayo;open jellies, open salad dressing.
There is a cabinet in a spare room w/cans/cases of cat food; dry kibble is in a covered/sealed bucket in a coat closet

Re: What's your "pantry"?

posted at 2/18/2011 8:14 PM EST
Posts: 416
First: 8/7/2008
Last: 1/17/2012
Mine pantry is in the kitchen. On one side are several wire shelves, other side is for washer and dryer with one longs shelf. I have canned goods, tomatoes, corn, green beans, ketchen mustard, salad dressings, soups, etc. Flour sugar in cabinets. Coffee in other cabiner along with spices.

Re: What's your "pantry"?

posted at 2/18/2011 8:16 PM EST
Posts: 992
First: 10/7/2010
Last: 8/28/2011
Hi H M; I usedto have an entire PANTRY ROOM [8'x 10' w/ 17 cubic foot' deep frezer & elevated metal shelving;  14" deep;& 4 foot wide; 7' high; I miss it....but, now as empty nestors; that amount of sorage space is no longer needed.My kitchen pantry is actually enough (9 for a less compulsive" stockr upper") along w/ the5.75 cu ft of freezer inmy new three door refrigerator.Living in a place w/ severe snowstorms( unable to get out for as much as two weeks; it's comfortting to have enough supplies to take care of us til shoping is once again possibleSmile



Re: What's your "pantry"?

posted at 2/18/2011 9:54 PM EST
Posts: 1400
First: 8/9/2008
Last: 6/2/2013
I have cabinets in the kitchen where I keep things I use frequetly, like my spices, baking soda, baking powder, some coffee, tea, salt, pepper, etc.  We have a huge closet in the foyer where we hang coats, etc.  Years ago my husbband made shelves above that area (before he became ill) where I store extra waxed paper, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, paper plates,and all types of "stuff" like that.  Also when we moved into this house, there was another closet for coats which he put many shelves in and I store flour, sugar, rice, granola bars, puddings, jello, pasta, crackers, cereal, extra bread crumbs, panko, etc.  Then downstairs we have wire shelves where I store the extra things I purchase such as juices, canned pumpkin, carnation milk, canned beans of all sorts, olives, olive oil, paper towels, toilet tissue, water (in the event of an emergency), coffee, soups and broth, and other canned goods. 

Last year when my son was here visiting (he lives 4 hours away), he brought me a cabinet which he put together for me.  I use it to store extra things which are kept downstairs (the coffee, canned goods, etc.).  This way I don't have to go downstairs if I need something, I just go into what I call the computer room and get it and then replenish it from downstairs.

Then I have the freezer downstairs and the freezer with the fridge. 

So, we have quite a bit so that I don't have to go shopping if I'm not able to.  In fact, the last time I shopped was October before I had my surgery the beginning of November.  We still have enough food.  My other son, who lives about an hour away and my brother have picked up milk and eggs for us; but that has been all.  My sister in law can't believe that we are still able to eat without me going to the store.  With this weather, I hesitate to go out walking with a cane with the snow and ice.  Last February I fell in our driveway on black ice while getting the newspaper and I fractured my wrist.  Then June I had knee replacement surgery and in November I had the other knee done.  So it is good we are well stocked.  My husband cannot do any shopping because of the MS.

Re: What's your "pantry"?

posted at 2/19/2011 12:16 AM EST
Posts: 319
First: 11/6/2008
Last: 8/7/2013
I don't have storage areas in my kitchen except for a bakers rack with the daily needs on it and an old fashioned roll around metal, microwave table that is probably from the 70s or 80s but in good condition. I also store the toaster, mixer, vacumn sealer, etc. on that rack. I have a two door cabinet w/plates, glasses, cups and bowls and a small, single cabinet w/spices and our meds. I purchased a pie pantry several years ago and it has my crockpots, extra silverware, some mixes, lunch bags and extra kitchen use paper. The top holds my kitchen aide mixer and 3 large, apothacary type jars that I put my husbands cookies, cupcakes and crackers in that he uses for his lunch.

I turned an 11'x13' extra bedroom into a storage/pantry/closet. It has two outside walls and they are both virtually solid windows so, it is cold in there in the winter and hotter than hades in the summer. I have to keep a fan on all summer and an electric heater going during the really cold days. Our 23 cu. ft. freezer is in there along with 3 large bakers racks, a 3'x6' book case that I use for canned goods, a 7' tall x 4' wide "put it together" purchased shelf that is 2' deep, and an 8' tall x 5' wide "put it together", double door closet/storage cabinet.

Great for storing and out of the way. I have my vacumn, carpet cleaner, canners, sewing machines, Christmas tree and ornaments, boxes of fabrics, soap making equipment, boxes of cookbooks, doll restoration equipment, bread machine, dehydrator, ladder, important papers (in rubbermaid containers) and a ton of bulk food stored in there. The closet has quilts/blankets, photo albums and my husbands uniforms in it and other junk. We only have two 40" wide closets in this place so, we have to use dressers or the closet in the storage.

I grew up poor as a church mouse and food was scarce. After I married and had children, my husband was injured severely and off of work for months. The four of us lived on my meager salary and food was again scarce. Husband and I went to bed many times hungry because there simply wasn't enough for the kids to fill up if we ate a full meal too. So, it became a habit to horde food. And I do! Not ashamed of it either. My kids and neighbors know they can stop by and ask for just about anything they need and it will be here. I also grow a lot in the flower beds and I can a lot.

Forums » Baking Forums » The Water Cooler » What's your "pantry"?