This is a follow-up post about my reorganising of the pantry. You can read the initial post here.
Once again, there are no before photos which may be just as well because it was not a pretty sight. My pantry has been been well-organised on previous occasions, however, a few things had conspired and it had spiralled out of control.
This version is a complete departure from my previous methods. I have decided to group the jars by the type of contents rather than by size. This means that all of the dried fruit is together, then several types of sugar, various flours and so on. I will be interested to see how this works out.
Here are a selection of views of the shelves. Not everything has been placed as yet and I still need to update the labels on some containers.
The top shelf has roasting pans, the dehydrator and pizza maker.
The next 2 shelves are primarily devoted to all of the ingredients which I buy without packaging and store in a selection of containers.
The lower shelf is the grocery items that I buy plus any home-made jam, chutney and sauce. The breadmaker and food processor are also stored here. Note: The food processor was in use when the photos were taken.
The stockpot and tub containing the attachments for the food processor stand on the floor. The paper bag on the far left is where I keep unrefrigerated vegetables such as sweet potatoes and garlic.
You may have noticed the 2 wire baskets under the shelves. These are screwed to the underside of the shelves and roll out. They are some of my favourite features of the pantry and I use them to store small containers.
The upper drawer is for spices and a substantial part of this organising was devoted to the spice drawer. I have gradually been collecting an assortment of glass Vegemite jars for storing the spices which I buy from a bulk store. The jars are about 4 different sizes so I have chosen to utilise them according to the amount of each spice that I generally keep on hand. They are now labelled on both the jar and the lid for easy identification. There are still a few more to add.
The other drawer has yet to be sorted out.
One of the results of this job has been to locate various items that needed to be used up and identifying a few things that I will never buy again. I try to avoid recipes/meals that incorporate huge numbers of ingredients that are outside of my regular selection and stick to basic ingredients that can be used in many different ways.