July 28, 2017
5 Tips for a Well-Stocked Pantry
A well-stocked pantry makes cooking and baking easier and it keeps the kitchen running smoothly – I love having a well-stocked pantry. With three always hungry children, I have found that there are a couple things that really help us keep the pantry stocked, easy to access, and simple to see what we have and what we need. (Keep reading for an amazing affiliate offer from my favorite place to stock our pantry!)
5 Tips for a Well-Stocked Pantry:
Choose containers wisely – Don’t buy that big box of containers and expect them to fit and work in your space. Measure your space, measure the containers, and double check those measurements. I like glass containers for direct food storage (rice, pasta, dry beans, nuts, etc.) and plastic handled bins for snacks, mixes, and pre-made items. Once you have your space set up, label, label, label.
Arrange so you can see what you have – It’s a pain to find a can of expired artichoke hearts hiding behind the pasta sauce. Use tiered organizers and keep things arranged so you can see what’s lurking at a glance.
Group like with like – The golden rule of organizing is to group like with like. This rule most definitely applies to the pantry. Five cans of tomato sauce should be grouped together with other canned goods. Not only does this make it easy to locate but it allows you to see what you have at a peek.
Separate cooking from baking – This simple organization tweak works really well for keeping those supplies close together but separate. I keep baking supplies (sugar, baking soda, baking spray) and cooking supplies (olive oil, vinegar, sauces) on large turntables. Not only does it keep these supplies grouped together but it takes up less space in the pantry.
Buy more than one item at a time – Anytime I have one pantry item on my list like salad dressing, kidney beans, rice, black olives, etc. I ask myself if I will use this ingredient again in the next couple months. If the answer is yes, I always buy multiples of that item. This saves time, helps with menu planning and keeps shopping to a minimum.
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See that Primal Kitchen dressing? It’s SO good – I like to mix the ranch with the honey mustard for a fun twist on ranch dressing.
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I used 4 basic organizing items in the pantry – acrylic bins, glass mason jars (this post has a couple sources and details), acrylic turntables, and acrylic tiered storage. I chose all clear storage because I like being able to see everything at a glance and I find that it’s easier for the kids to grab their own snacks and gather supplies and food for their lunches.
I labeled the glass storage jars (and I love how this functions) – check out this post for all the details and sources.
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