Even though my pantry was reasonably organised, I decided to give it an overhaul today. I had noticed that there were a few things stashed in containers at the front of the shelf that needed to be used or relocated.
This is what it looked like before I started.
The photo does not show the top shelf which has 2 tubs of glass jars – ones with pop-top lids in one tub and those without in the other. I sorted all of the jars, made sure they all had lids, labels had been removed and were ready to be used when I need them.
I took a lot of the stuff out and re-arranged the jar storage system so inevitably things looked a lot worse before they got better. Here is a view of the kitchen earlier this afternoon.
To add some interest to my day, The Duke announced at lunchtime that there were 3 branches that needed trimming of the lime tree but they were laden with fruit. He was prepared to leave them for the time being but since the tree is never completely dormant I decided now was as good a time as any. I picked a 10 litre bucket full of limes and cut the offending branches off. So, in the midst of the pantry project I juiced the limes and have frozen them – some in ice-cube trays and some in 400ml blocks.
I moved a couple of things from the pantry to the sideboard so we cast a critical eye over the contents of the sideboard. The Duke and I agreed that a few things could go. A true minimalist would probably get rid of almost the entire contents but that is not my style. However, it is good to refresh your memory of what is actually stored and I have resolved to use some of my ‘good’ things more regularly.
My op shop bag is now full and ready to go when I am next going to town. I also have a bag of a few items for Belle. I always offer anything which I think may be useful to my daughters before I consider sending it to the op shop or Freecycle. However, they understand that there is no compulsion for them to accept it and I will not be mortally wounded if they say no.
I have finally finished revamping the pantry and this is the result.
I threw out a couple of bits of foodstuff – a few crumbs of powdered mustard in a tin that must be at least 10 years old, some jam that had gone mouldy and a handful of glace cherries that were over 12 months old and were all dried and shrivelled. I had about 3 bottles with a tiny bit of oil in each so that was all decanted into the current bottle.
I now know that everything in the pantry is useful, in working order or fit to be eaten. I also know exactly what is there and can work on using up some of the odd items which are not part of my regular basic stores.
Oh that looks lovely – want to come over and sort my pantry out? I find that I keep getting new things to try and then end up with half full packages that don’t have containers…. I think this year I want to get some every day recipes that work well, and stop experimenting with other stuff… that is what clogs up my pantry.
I think I could quite enjoy sorting out other people’s pantries. A new career?? I agree with the experimenting – that can be my downfall but I find I am less inclined to do that so much – I tend to stick with the tried and true recipes and keep things as simple and streamlined as possible.
wow! It looked pretty organized to me in the “before” pictures. Awesome job! (can I have a pantry like that?)
I agree, it wasn’t too bad – each time I tidy up the pantry it has less potential to get in a mess as I have got rid of stuff that should not be stored in there and I try to keep only the things that I use.
Even before the kitchen was renovated I had planned to have a corner walk-in pantry. We closed off a doorway between the kitchen and laundry to achieve it. I do love my pantry.
I would love to know where you got your little wire basket/shelves – are they on runners?
I so need these for all my spices etc.
The wire baskets are one of the favourite parts of my pantry. The cabinetmaker got them for me when the pantry was built. They are on runners. You can get a better idea of the drawers from the photos in this post. https://organisedcastle.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/pantry-organisation-spices/ It was my idea – I just felt they would be perfect. All of the spices, herbs, stock powder etc are in them. Any cabinetmaker should be able to source them for you.