From Lorel, in Deerfield, Wisconsin:
Before a kitchen remodel, we had more spices than space, so my husband bent sheet metal into tiny troughs to hold the short bottles on the door and engineered a riser system to make the labels visible on the tall bottles. Now a wide cabinet now keeps everything right over the prep area. (I still miss those little troughs, though).
In addition, pantry items were stored all over the 1970s kitchen in tiny cupboards. We removed and replaced two chimneys with two, double door cupboards with pull-out shelves.
This area now holds everything except bottles of oil, vinegar and other liquid ingredients which are all located in a corner cupboard on an 18" lazy Susan, which contains any drips.
I'm not a good list maker so I made a customized, pre-printed grocery list which I put together in the order of the aisles of my favorite store. It now hangs on a clipboard on the inside of the pantry door. Now I don't hunt for the list.
We use a lot of plastic containers for lunches because we don't eat sandwiches. This pullout holds all of these containers, plus a few larger ones. All the little containers are confined to their own little 'play pen' so they don't wander away.
This pullout contains everything we need to wrap, seal, bag, tape, clip, label or tie. Years ago, I put two rubber bands in the little container and they multiplied. Now I have more than 100!
Unfortunately, our kitchen is still small so the extra serving items and storage containers are kept in a 6-foot plastic cabinet in my laundry room.
The dream of a butler's pantry where everything is at your fingertips won't happen in my lifetime... unless they have one at our nursing home. Until then, we try to keep it simple and uncomplicated for when the memory starts to go. Thanks for peeking!
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Come on -- show us your pantry.
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