From Kalyn (Kalyn's Kitchen), in Salt Lake City, Utah:
It's probably been three years now, but I can still remember my feeling of delight when I first discovered Lydia's blog. Finally, here was a fellow blogger who might be as infatuated with pantry ingredients as I was! Of course Lydia and I are now real-life friends (and still wildly enthusiastic about pantry ingredients.) When I finished my recent house renovations I was lucky enough to gain four new pantries, so how could I pass up a chance to share them with readers of The Perfect Pantry?
My new pantries are are in a narrow hall between the kitchen and my office which makes photographing them a challenge, but I'm loving all the space I now have. The first pantry outside the kitchen door has mostly canned things like beans, olives, tuna, salmon, artichoke hearts, and roasted peppers, as well as Ziploc bags and a few other miscellaneous ingredients.
Below that is the pantry that has oils, vinegars, condiments, canned tomato products, coconut milk, broth, and a good supply of diet soda to feed my addiction.
The next upper pantry by the office has grain products like couscous, wild rice, oatmeal, and Dreamfields pasta. (I have open shelves in this hall with big jars of dried beans and most of my pasta is stored there.) Above that are paper products and electrical things on the top shelf.
The pantry below that has a lot of baking supplies on the top shelf, which I seem to be collecting a good amount of even though I rarely bake. There are nuts, peanut butter, and sweeteners on the middle shelf, and below is a big box of microwave popcorn, mostly for visiting nieces and nephews, although I do indulge occasionally.
Finally, although I already showed my spice rack a few years ago when food bloggers showed off their kitchens, when I moved so many things into the new hall pantries it freed up this set of pull-out shelves near the stove where I keep things I use all the time when I cook, plus an abundance of overflow spices that don't fit in the spice rack!
It's true, I do have a well-stocked pantry, but even with all these ingredients, Lydia sometimes writes about an ingredient I don't have. That's just one of the reasons I love her blog!
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