I am lucky to have a nice sized pantry just off my kitchen.
And it has a dirty window. Whoops! I really must get to clean all of my windows soon; it is such a big job with eleven of them to do. I am going to make a nice curtain to go in here too.
The bookshelf contains my recipes books. Very soon these are going to be scaled down to just the ones I use regularly.
On top of the bookshelf is the microwave. I couldn't find a place in the kitchen for this unless I put it on the bench. I like my benches clear of clutter, so as I don't use a microwave very often, I keep it in my pantry.
Here we are looking to the left as you walk in.
On these shelves starting at the top;
Our wok and first aid kit in the black box. At the back is a knife set that barely gets used and empty storage containers.
The second shelf contains cereals and health foods, breadcrumbs and bi carb, and the third holds baking requirements. Also hangs the little fire extinguisher for easy access should I need it. My aprons hang near the doorway, you can just see a glimpse of them in this pic. Eggs to the right J
Looking to the right towards the window, we have our condiments, milk, glad-wrap etc. And at the top some paper plates for barbeques.
I use Lazy Susan's where possible, these are so handy to spin and find what you are looking for.
Below the shelving we keep our rainwater. We do not have it connected to the house. To do this, the whole house has to be switched over and that is something we don't want to do at the moment. In the drawers I keep excess food that I have stocked up on, and Asian meal ingredients.
Pasta and rice, some stock and bikkies.
Here is the tin and packet food etc. Using this type of shelving (found at Cheap As Chips) allows me even more room.
The corners can be a bit tricky to organise, so I try and keep them as uncluttered as possible.
The potato/onion box and trusty little stool that allows me to reach things.
I am so happy with these large jars that were gifted to me. I had a big bag of organic wholemeal flour and these were perfect for storing it in.
I have placed them up on the top shelf.
The kitchen from the pantry.
The kitchen from the dining room showing the pantry entrance.
(mobile phone pics)
Don't be fooled into thinking my pantry is always this tidy, it most certainly is not hahaha!
I am at the beginning of my year of living with "less".
Clean out time!
All this lot came from my pantry and kitchen yesterday!
I know I am blessed to have such a big pantry. This allows me to stockpile regularly when things are on special, and frees up space in the kitchen.
Tell me, do you stockpile? If so how do you go about storing the excess?