Inside My Pantry

by Merissa on May 2, 2012

in Green Living

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I asked which area of my house you wanted to see the most and the majority wanted to see my pantry area. Truth is that I actually have a few different areas that I consider my food pantries. It tends to happen when you buy bulk foods and have small closets!

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The picture above is my canned goods storage. It's a very tiny closet that I have no idea what the previous owners used for but we added in shelves and it makes a great canned foods pantry! I can fit the jars 2 deep on the shelves.

Can you tell I didn't clean up the pantry before I took the pictures? I figured you didn't want to see some stuffy old fancy pantry and would rather it be in it's natural state! Top shelf is some flour that I'm trying to use up and my storage of canning rims and lids. I also have a couple homemade mixes and some brand new freezer containers that are ready for summer produce. I recently moved my new gallon glass jars up there too until I find something to fill them with! Next shelf is my homemade mixes and some bulk baking goods. (Real Salt, cocoa powder, ect.) The third shelf is where I'm currently keeping my canned goods that I plan to donate for Stamp Out Hunger Day.

Other side of the pantry.... I have a few natural cereals on the top shelf. The next shelf is organic snacks that I pick up from Amazon and with coupons. It's my hubby "grab and go" shelf. The 3rd shelf has sauces and some natural "soup and noodle" meals that my hubby also grabs for a quick lunch if we don't have leftovers!

And last but not least, my bulk storage. Not much to look at but this is a very handy part of my storage! In these bins I keep beans, wheat berries, flour, raw sugar, rice, and more.

What does your pantry look like? See anything in my pantry you did or didn't expect?

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1 Andrea Haegele May 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

Nice! I might be jealous of a pantry now. Ugh. :)

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2 Rebecca Jolley May 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

Our “pantry” is an cheep kmart like unit that has shelves with doors at top and two draws in the bottom. I keep some 5gal containers of baking supplies on a shelf near the stove but the extra always lands down in the freezer there just isn’t room for much besides the staples up here never mine bulking up on anything.

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3 Jo May 2, 2012 at 10:09 am

Your pantry looks pretty clean to me! Nice job! Do you ever freeze flour? I got a good deal on some bread flour and don’t plan on using it till later this yer, Lord willing. I don’t think it expires for a while, and I’m wondering if you think that’s a good idea. Thanks!

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4 Merissa May 2, 2012 at 10:13 am

Yes, I think freezing flour is a good idea if you have the room!

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5 Michelle May 2, 2012 at 11:47 am

I buy a huge bags of flour from Sams club and have been storing the part of the bag that won’t fit in my tupperware container in my deep freeze for a few years now. I haven’t had any issues. I was worried they would develop moisture in the bag, but so far none of them have.

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6 Jenny Neiser May 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I am trying to find storage for my sugar (25lbs) and flour (50lbs). I never thought of those, what look like 5 gallon buckets cheese bins how much do they hold?

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7 Merissa May 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm

What I use are food grade buckets (that you can get from restaurants or buy at stores like Menards) and I top them with gamma lids. One 5 gallon bucket hold about 25 pound of flour or 30 pounds of sugar.

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8 Jenny Neiser May 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I just checked out your link on the gamma lids and 5 gallon buckets. Yesterday was our first order with Azure Standard. We are switching our food co op them them and we are very excited.

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9 Merissa May 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Oh yes, Azure carries both the buckets and lids (for a great price too!).

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10 Amy May 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Might sound strange, but they have really great food storage bins at PetSmart. They are called Vittle Vault and they are stackable. I have sugar, flour and rice in mine. http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2811537

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11 Joe May 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Those are cool they have the same (gamma) lids on them!

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12 Heather :) :) :) May 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I like your pantry :) :) We don’t have a pantry, but we do have lots of cupboard space that goes unused. We also have a closet underneath the stairs that could be used more effectively. Hmm….I’m going ot have to figure out how to do this ;) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :) :) :)

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13 Vee May 5, 2012 at 9:48 am

Brenda sent me over. Yes, I see things that I really like that are completely unlike anything I have or do. For starters, a narrow shelf for storing goods is a great idea. I have deep shelves and it makes retrieving anything a challenge. I also like the bulk storage idea. And, thanks to your commenters, I have some new ideas. Terrific post!

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14 Stacey May 8, 2012 at 7:09 am

I’m wondering what all you can? I see some of the typical things like pickles, tomaote/sauce, jelly, etc but is there anything interesting that you can? I saw a recipe online for rhubarb jelly and I thought that was pretty interesting because I alway have way more rhubarb than I need this way I can use it all year.

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15 Merissa May 8, 2012 at 11:03 am

Here’s a list of what I have canned right now: (I do can more than this but this is what you can see in the picture)
Pickles
Maple Syrup (I did not can this, I traded for it from someone that did)
Stewed Tomatoes
Pasta Sauce
Taco Sauce
Pizza Sauce
Applesauce
Pearsauce
Grape Jam
Peach Cantaloupe Butter
Grape Juice
Apple Pie Filling
Dried Onions
Peaches

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16 Stacey May 9, 2012 at 7:27 am

I have to ask, do you have the pearsauce or the peach cantaloupe butter recipes anywhere on the site? They sound really good.

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17 Merissa May 9, 2012 at 7:50 am
18 meg g October 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I love seeing the progression of your pantry- I found your blog through youtube, where I stumbled across your old pantry tour of when you were using conventional products and I was enamoured by your canning shelves and your stock of food ingredients (not a lot of processed food). What a pleasant surprise to see a stockpile/pantry growing into organics and scratch cooking here on your website!

Your way of stocking up and old fashioned living is definitely a goal of mine in the future; kindred spirits I think. I only wish we had co-ops and azure standard (swoon!) here in Ontario, Canada. Thank you for a great site- will enjoy having a peek around :)

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19 janean March 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm

i am wanting to start making more home made stuff instead of buying the stuff , like the home meade hamburger helper mix( yes i have the reciepe and hopeing to do it soon) but,,,,,,,i want to but bulk spices and seasonings,,,i am on fixed income so obvoulsy the cheapre the better, where is a good place to buy bulk spices/seasonings. thanks.

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20 Patty April 20, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Thanks for sharing your pantry photos! I have a ‘secret’ closet that is underneath our stairs, and you access it through the laundry room! We put in shelving and I’m getting it stocked up! But in our previous house, I didn’t have a pantry, so I put canned goods underneath beds, my flour was stored in our chest freezer, and I kept several gallons of drinking water in our laundry room, so pretty much my food was all over the house!!

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21 Cathy McAnelly April 26, 2013 at 7:11 am

Just wanted to say thanks for this website. I have been inspired. Im trying to get as much information as possible about canning. I am the Director of Bainbridge Soup Kitchen which is held at our church. I am always trying to find ways to either make or save money as our budget is small. After reading your posts, I am convinced that growing a garden and canning the vegetables is going to be beneficial to the soup kitchen. Let’s just hope and pray that I am good at gardening/canning!! :-) Thanks again for the inspiration.

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22 Merissa April 26, 2013 at 7:19 am

Welcome Cathy, and good luck with your new endeavor, you can do it!

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23 maggi g July 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I downsized from my 1200 sq ft home into a 484 sq ft one bedroom apt in a senior citizen building. It is perfect for me and has good storage. I haven’t been canning in years but I do dehydrate and freeze lots of foods. I have my 4th vacuum sealer – the others wore out over the years- and a dehydrator. I even make my own yogurt with organic milk. I enjoy seeing young people who are following the old ways and are living naturally and passing their knowledge on to their children. I learned from my gram and mama and tried to pass on as much as I could to my children. keep up the good work.

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24 Teresa Donaldson February 14, 2014 at 11:19 am

Hey Marissa, Do you have a recipe for Sweet Pickles. Years ago I tried to make pickles and they didn’t turn out as sweet as I like or crispy. Also is there a specific type of cucumber you use for your pickles?
Thanks so much for your blog. Its such an inspiration.

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25 Merissa February 14, 2014 at 7:33 pm

I’m not a fan of sweet pickles so I don’t but I will see if my mom has a great recipe for some :) I haven’t had too much luck with the kinds of cucumbers I’ve used so far but this year I ordered a kind called “Muncher” and they look excellent, I’m very excited to try them!

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