From Lea (La Casa de Nanan), in Cut Off, Louisiana:
I inherited my Moma's house and her wonderful pantry. I have maintained her system of storage for spices and potatoes -- old habits are hard to break! When the house was built in 1963, the pantry originally housed the washer and dryer, those have since moved. It is sort of a walk in pantry -- but not really deep. You can walk in and close the door but you would get somewhat squished.
I try to keep the pantry organized -- but I am not always successful. I took these photos shortly after organizing the pantry! I do have a tomato allergy, hence the lack of tomato products. I do have one jar of prepared tomato sauce for my daughter... for times of desperation when she HAS to have something with tomato sauce. My dad planted lots of tomatoes this year just for her -- she was extremely happy!
I recently developed a love of baking -- yeast is my friend -- so is beer bread -- that is why I have the beer in there! I love green enchilada sauce, and I have trouble finding it, so when I do, I stock up! That and the green chilies. The chemicals I try to keep on the floor, away from the food...
I store my spices and sauces I cook with in the cabinet to the upper right of my stove, along with the sugar, everyday rice, and pancake mix. My husband is Colombian and I am Cajun -- we eat rice every day!
I store my spices in a basket I picked up in Haiti in the mid-90s. Not the most organized thing ever, but it works for me.
I store my potatoes, onions, and oils under the sink. They tend to like dark spaces...
I also have a chest freezer because I like to freeze shrimp during shrimp season. Living in the marsh, along the coast, does have its advantages. I can usually get my seafood for less than the cost of other meat products and freeze them. Most folks who live around here also have extra freezers for that same reason.
Thank you for letting me share my pantry and other storage with you! I really enjoy peeking into the pantries of other folks and getting great ideas!
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