From Marie, in Gridley, California:
Last October I rearranged EVERYTHING to meet the holiday baking/cooking rush.
Pushed in wooden shelves (it was difficult to find shelving to fit a small pantry) and each subject (Oriental, flours, sugars, chocolates, pudding/jello, rice/beans in jars marked on top, etc.) has its own bin and rice/beans in jars, marked on lids; binders of cooking/baking recipes on top with misc. Potato Buds, tapioca, etc.
My favorite brainstorm is that shoe rack/bag for all those little jars of coloring and flavoring, vanillas, decorating supplies, etc. and the door CAN shut!
That red mesh sack, on a nail, holds potatoes! What few cans I keep around are on book shelves (books are by computer), bamboo hides paper plates, bowls on top of microwave (for transporting).
Bakers' rack has most-used herbs (turmeric/coriander/cumin 1:1 mix, lemon pepper, cardamom, pepper flakes, celery seeds, curry, dill, dry basil, pumpkin pie spice) hanging on the side. Being a renter, I can't change the dark paint in bake-pan cupboard, but I use that $1 Christmas candle and that throws out lots of light so one can SEE!
Enjoy this new year with its new challenges, everyone. Off to new failures, oops, I mean, projects!!! But that's the point: do that recipe again, and yet again, until it becomes a harmonious sleight-of-hand of putting it all together, so it will taste scrumptious and look beautiful..a lot like life itself!
On Saturdays, we peek into Other People's Pantries.
Come on -- show us your pantry.
*Other People's Pantries was going to end early in 2009, to make way for a new Saturday feature. However, pantry photos continue to roll in, so I'll keep featuring them on Saturdays, in the order in which I receive them, for a while longer. If you've been thinking about sharing photos of your own pantry, now's the time to send them.
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