One door closes, and another opens (introducing The Pantry Alphabet)
Four years, 185 pantries from all around the world, shelves and cabinets and spice racks, bins and baskets and mason jars galore...
Other People's Pantries let us peek behind the cupboard doors to see how we store the ingredients we keep on hand, the spices, packaged and canned goods, refrigerated and frozen foods that, when we put them together with fresh produce and protein, become the dishes that feed our families.
Thanks so much to everyone who sent in their pantry photos to share. You'll always be able to revisit all 185 pantries, by using the link at the top of this page.
I've loved your comments and emails telling me that one or more of the pantries inspired your own pantry reorganization or new construction. We've all envied those of you whose handy husbands built custom cupboards or pantry closets, and we've gotten great ideas about creative repurposing of space, as well as sources for storage bins and baskets.
You've inspired me, too, not only to keep my own pantry more orderly -- a constant challenge, I'm embarrassed to admit -- but also to try new ingredients that I spotted in your photos.
In fact, pantry ingredients will take center stage every Saturday for the next few months. All credit goes to my husband Ted, official taster-in-chief, who came up with the brilliant idea for
The Pantry Alphabet
Beginning next week, I'll post a photograph of one item from my pantry each Saturday, starting with A and going straight through to Z, and I'll invite you to guess the ingredient with the help of three recipe clues.
Some of the ingredients might be harder to identify from my photographs than others; however, all but one are in constant use in my pantry, and have been featured on The Perfect Pantry. One is a new-to-me ingredient.
See you next Saturday, brought to you by the letter A. I hope you'll play along!
(Thanks to my friend Bob, who took the photo at the top of this post.)