We had mushroom risotto for dinner but this post is not about a recipe. As I was beginning to prepare the meal, I went to the pantry for arborio rice and stock powder and discovered…………..ants! They seemed to be everywhere on one particular shelf and I quickly traced the source to a sticky patch near the jar of honey. Thankfully, there were no ants in the honey.
Cleaning out and re-arranging the pantry was on my mental ‘to do’ list but it was hastened by the events of this evening. While the risotto was simmering I set to work. Since the pantry is relatively modern with melamine shelves, I just needed a cloth and plenty of hot water. In order to speed up the drying process I used a hair dryer.
Naturally, a bit of rearranging was required and I completed the 2 affected shelves plus the floor of the pantry.
Here is the result – 2 shelves done. I still need to tidy and sort the 2 undershelf drawers. The top one contains herbs and spices and the lower one is various seasonings and other small containers.
On the floor is a paper bag for storing potatoes, a box of the excess of homemade tomato sauce, marmalade, jam, chutney and worcestershire sauce, the attachments for the food processor (stored on the shelf above) and a large stockpot.
The are 2 higher shelves which the ants had not invaded so I have saved them for tomorrow as well.
Here is a before photo.
Coincidentally, as I sat down to write this post I decided to check my blog reader and there was a post from my dear friend, Julia, on the other side of the world. Her post was more appropriately titled, Spring Cleaning the Cupboards and contains some great information about ‘Best Before’ dates.
As we are choosing to curtail our social interactions during the COVID-19 outbreak there will be plenty more posts on jobs I catch up on around the house.