Tips for organising your pantry
Whether you’re getting a new kitchen renovation or just want to improve your existing kitchen’s functionality.
Having a well organised pantry can save you money and time.
When it comes to making your shopping list, knowing at a quick glance exactly what you already have on hand, can help you avoid doubling up and it can also help you use up food items before they expire.
Most people are pressed for time in the evenings, so having a well organised pantry will help you get a great meal on the table as soon as possible.
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Here are some simple and inexpensive tips you can incorporate into your pantry, no matter how big or small it is.
Herb and spice jars should be labelled to avoid things like mistaking chilli for paprika! Containers (and/or jars) are also great for keeping shelf food air-tight and fresh and being stackable means, you can layer. The use of labels even on clear containers will help you grab what you need quickly. It’s also a good way of avoiding contamination of odours with strong smelling food items.
Cans and Tinned food
A cheap wire basket allows you to store cans and/or tins horizontally and still see what they are.
Another inexpensive and practical item that can save space and keep several items under one category, in one place. Use one label on the outside of the basket to make it quick and easy to grab what you need. Great for things like flour, dried pasta, instant soup, lunch-box snacks, crackers, and sweet biscuits.
You can dedicate certain shelves to certain applications so you can search by category. For example separate shelves for:
*everyday items like sauces, salt, pepper, coffee, vegemite, peanut butter, honey etc (middle shelf)
*baking- flour, cakes, bi-carb, food colouring, baking paper, sugar, cornflour etc
*meal prep- pasta, oil, herbs/spice, foil, sauce mixes, tinned food, soups etc
*kids- cereal, snacks, chips, biscuits, lunchbox items etc
*tall/heavy- bulk items, soft drinks (bottom shelf)- also good for pet items- food, snacks etc
*misc- things that you don’t use very often or backup supplies (top shelf)- your chocolate snacks that you don’t want the kids to find.
Don’t forget your pantry doors
The inside of your pantry doors can be used to put up a whiteboard for making reminder notes and shopping items. Non-bulky fitted drawers or shelving can be handy for small lightweight items that you use regularly, like aluminium foil, cling film, freezer bags, bag sealers, and even cooking tools.
If you can afford to splurge a little, often we can easily retro-fit special drawers that can fit inside your pantry, hidden behind your existing door. The benefits of being able to pull out a drawer and instantly see what would normally have been hidden at the back of your pantry is definitely worth the investment.
Other uses for your pantry
Utensils and appliances that aren’t everyday items can be put on lower or higher shelving in a pantry to free up bench space or cupboard space in your kitchen.
Don’t forget about positioning when it comes to your pantry makeover. Put commonly used items at eye level and to make it easy for your kids to help prepare their own school lunches, put their lunch-box items lower where they can easily see and reach them.
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