I live alone in a small apartment on the slopes of Table Mountain. While I'm not lucky enough to have a separate pantry I do have quite a few cupboards in my kitchen and use several of these for my groceries, sharing space with my kitchen paraphernalia.
In the cupboard above my stove I keep a selection of seeds in jars, some sauces and my various oils and vinegars. I eat salads every day and like to make my own dressings. In the small cupboard to the left live crackers, biscuits, jams, peanut butter and other spreads.
In another small cupboard I store my tinned goods -- I usually have tinned beans, tomatoes, fish and coconut milk on hand. Also olives, capers, pesto and mayo. In the cupboard to the right the bottom shelf is dedicated to various rices, pasta, dried beans and lentils and tins of cat food.
My herbs and spices live on the top shelf in a very narrow cupboard. This is not entirely satisfactory and I often have to search for the one I want. Unfortunately there isn't space anywhere for a proper spice rack. I do keep meaning to use a marker to write the names of the contents of the bottles on the lids as this might help me locate things more quickly! On the shelf below are salt, stock powders and my collection of spices for curries.
In another cupboard the top shelf has boxes for bags of dried fruit and nuts.Lurking behind are fruit juices and long life milk. And chocolate. The middle shelf has all my ingredients for baking: sugars, flours etc. (not being used much recently as I'm trying to take a break from eating sugar and baked goodies). The bottom shelf has a box of vitamins, honey and a container with my homemade muesli, with spare oat flakes and other muesli stuff behind.
Because of our hot climate quite a few grocery items have to be refrigerated, so in the door of my fridge are mustards, Asian sauces, chili and tomato sauces and some more oils.
And lastly, a collection of tea bags in the cupboard above my kettle. Nothing like a cuppa!
On Saturdays, we peek into Other People's Pantries.
Come on -- show us your pantry.
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