From Susy (Chiot's Run), in Malvern, Ohio:
I've included two photos of my pantry closet located in my kitchen. I store most of my dry goods (beans, flour, tea, etc.) in this closet. We are trying to focus on eating local seasonal foods, so we have a different pantry than we used to have.
We eat mainly veggies that are in season from our garden or the farmer's market. We also try to eat mostly non-processed foods so we keep an abundance of staples around but no convenience or pre-made food. We still have a few lurking items in the pantry from our previous eating habits, but those are slowly being phased out.
I'm also a big fan of different kinds of vinegars, so I have a bunch of those lurking in my pantry. We love fresh salads from the garden in the summer and you can't go wrong with some simple vinegar and oil on it.
I have a baking cupboard as well, located above my mixer within reach for quick and easy baking. I really love to bake, particularly bread, so I buy flour and grain in bulk. I only store a small amount in this cupboard. My whole wheat is ground fresh when I need it, but all other kinds of flours are bought in bulk.
This is my spice drawer, which is filled with glass bottles of about a third of my spice collection. I placed labels on the drawer bottom so I know what is in each container. This drawer contains my most often used spices so it's located next to the stove for quick access. More of my spices are located in my closet pantry and in a small cabinet above the stove.
I have a home-canned goods pantry as well (actually two of them). This one is located in my kitchen in an old cabinet.
The remaining home canned items are in the basement. I didn't want to include photos of all of it, but I posted about everything in my home canned pantry as part of the Harvest Keepers Challenge. I also have a huge freezer full of preserved items like, corn, berries, chicken stock, and venison, and I keep a few gallons of olive oil, ordered from a co-op, in my basement pantry.
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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