Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Pantry photos
It seems like I've been on the topic of pantries and food storage for weeks now, and I guess I really have. I've got one last post on the topic: pictures of my "pantry", as requested by a reader(s?).
My "pantry" is our enclosed porch, and it's nothing extra special... but it's SPACE... wonderful space which I didn't have when we lived in a 600-sq.ft. apartment. :)
This is one side of the porch. The boxes on the left hold the remains of my jars of canned food. Canned food, which is in clear jars, should be stored away from light (I guess light causes the food to break down somewhat inside or something... and will fade color) so that is why it is in boxes. If our basement were more functional, it would be a good place to store canned food. :)
The buckets hold things like spices, pasta, rolled and quick oats, dehydrated bananas, and baking supplies (coconut, chocolate chips, cocoa, etc.). There are also some empty buckets stacked on top. These buckets are all pretty light (less than 20 pounds) which is why I have them stacked so high.
The other side of the porch is where "everything else" has to go. :) Our downstairs has no closets, so here are things like toys, games, boxes of canning jars, food, water, and even some tools (our garage is about as nice as our basement). :)
And the rest of that side: the green garbage can was free from Ace Hardware with a coupon that came in the mail when we moved here. I have always used it for food storage (never garbage!) and store flour and sugars in there (along with a few other things). My parents used to store lots of food in garbage cans since the tight-fitting lids were great at keeping pests away!
My clothespin bag is hanging beside the hangers, since I walk through this porch on my way out to the clothesline. :)
We also have some buckets of food stored in our bedroom. Not very romantic, but, our bedroom is air-conditioned in the summer and the porch is not. Food likes to be stored in cool locations. :) So just imagine a few more stacks of white buckets. :)
The glass jars I mentioned in this post are stored in my kitchen cupboards, since the glass lets in light (and I have enough room in my cupboards to store them there!).
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