PREVAIL OVER YOUR PANTRY
Whether you have a dedicated space that serves as your pantry or if you are limited to kitchen cabinets and other creative storage ideas, not having control over your pantry’s contents can be expensive, wasteful and downright frustrating!
If you are frustrated with having too many duplicate ingredients and not enough staples set aside a day to get things in order. That day will save you time and money. And, it won’t hurt! If you’d like some help we’d love to help!
Empty your cabinets and pantry of all food items first. As you pull things out toss anything that is expired. If you are finding things your family does not eat but are still good, put them in a bag or box to donate to a food pantry. Put like items (canned fruit, soups, etc.) together as you pull them out.
Now take out all of the cooking utensils and miscellaneous debris. Look at each pot, pan, measuring spoon, box of plastic wrap, etc. and decide if you really use and love them. If not, toss or donate.
Clean the pantry shelves and/or cabinet shelves. Try this homemade mixture for cleaning – it’s inexpensive, food-safe and effective.
Create zones as you put your pantry back together. What your zones are will depend on your family size, your lifestyle and your shopping patterns. Typical zones include:
Baking – flour, sugars, food coloring, yeast, etc.
Dried food – pasta, rice, grits, etc.
Cereals and other prepared foods like cookies and granola bars
Canned – fruits, vegetables, soups, meals
Vegetables – onions, potatoes, apples (depending on your region), turnips, etc.
Go meal by meal. Depending on how you shop and live, consider creating specialized containers in your pantry. If you shop weekly for specific meals, create a bin with all the ingredients for that meal and a copy of the recipe. Each week you could have a bin for each dinner saving you time and money.
Specialize. If you entertain often, create a few specialized bins for quick appetizers. If you have young kids, put a bin low down in your pantry of snacks kids can have access to without needing your help. If someone in your home has food allergies, keep a bin with items likely to trigger a reaction in a safe place away from other food items. Keep things like peanut butter, Nutella in this bin.
Take charge of your pantry. You’ll be surprised at the savings. You will also be pleased with how easy it is to plan and make meals once everything is organized.
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