From Kelly (Sass & Veracity), in San Diego, California:
My pantry is made up of two long cupboards on either side of my fridge with drawers that slide out. I recently reorganized this space because I couldn't find the ingredients I knew I had on hand when I wanted to cook.
The biggest problem area was for items that didn't come in containers that could be stacked. I'm all over the place when I cook, so I had a lot of odds and ends that I depend upon. So it's fairly frustrating when I can't find them. These boxes (on the right) from IKEA have helped somewhat, but I'm still searching since I have to stack and unstack whenever I want a particular ingredient.
This drawer used to be a tumble of items, but I've condensed it all to be in one place. It's all at waist level now, so I can easily find the chili oil, or flavored vinegar I want.
This is my overflow drawer for baking ingredients. I used to stuff two drawers of flour and sugar into a small cupboard over the microwave, and had quite a few flour avalanches to clean up. This is so much better now. The small labeled bags for small quantities are perfect. It sort of reminds me of a filing system -- obsessive but functional.
On Saturdays, we peek into Other People's Pantries.
Come on -- show us your pantry.
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