From Sarah (Sarah's Cucina Bella), in Connecticut:
A few years ago, my husband and I took an extra broom closet (there are two in my kitchen) and turned it into a pantry.
We added large, deep shelves from floor to ceiling. This is the top half, where I store kitchen electrics, some cookware and (at the very top) all of my flours, sugars and assorted other things. Of course, I can't reach that shelf without standing on a chair but that's ok.
This is the lower half of my pantry. I recently put a lazy susan in there (left) so that it would be easier to get at the broths and canned items that I store in here. It's fantastic and now I always know what I have. I also use clear buckets without tops for lunch bag snacks and drinks for the kids, pasta, and some baking stuff like muffin liners and chocolate. Most of our cereal is stored in plastic tubs, which are way easier to pour from -- especially when you are pressed for time. At the bottom of the pantry, you'll see my giant bag of rice between birdseed and a big container of extra light olive oil. We eat a lot of rice in this house.
This is one of two cabinets next to my stove. I keep things that I need fast in here, like the makings for easy kid-friendly sandwiches (we all love Fluffernutters, okay?). My canned tomato sauce, strawberry jam and relish are also in there, as well as some half-used boxes of pasta. The tuna? That's my husband's. When I was editing this photo, I noticed the A-1 Sauce, which I didn't realize we had. I love that in the summertime with a grilled steak and mashed potatoes.
This is the other cabinet beside my stove. It holds most of my dried herbs and spices along with teas, some baking ingredients and sweeteners. I need to find a better way to organize the upper shelves, but it's working for now.
Okay, this technically isn't a pantry, but I wanted to share it anyway. This is a TV stand that used to be in my living room. We upgraded that about two years ago, and when we did, I repurposed this inexpensive item as a storage unit for my serving dishes and bowls and the plates that I use for photographing for my blog. Originally, it was supposed to be a short-term solution, but I really kind of love it as is, so it's stayed.
On Saturdays, we peek into Other People's Pantries.
Come on -- show us your pantry.
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