The Perfect Kitchen Pantry for Improving Your Game
The average household is likely to spend anywhere from $4,000-$8,000 a year on groceries, and it’s estimated that roughly $650 to $900 worth of food is wasted.
That’s largely due to shopping errors made by forgetting what you have on hand and from having a pantry that’s simply too small and difficult to organize. 54% of Americans have food that spoils as a result of improper storage.
Although there are many creative solutions for organizing and living with a tiny pantry, it’s worth exploring adding a larger pantry to your kitchen.
When Your Options Are Limited
Celebrity baker, Buddy Valastro said, “No matter what the recipe, any baker can do wonders in the kitchen with some good ingredients and an upbeat attitude!”
For any foodie or passionate cook, those words couldn’t ring truer. Yet having enough space to store and readily access all those ingredients is the challenge you very likely may face.
Chances are that if you are living in an apartment, especially one that was built before 1970, your kitchen is relatively small in size and your storage options are limited.
In that case, consider investing in a cabinet you can keep in any room off of your kitchen for your pantry needs. Whether it’s in a hallway or your dining room it may be the solution you were looking for and is well worth the modest investment.
Try Not to Overlook the Obvious
Whether you’re shelf stabilizing your perishables by canning and jarring them, or buying from bulk bins and storing them in masonry jars, your pantry must be organized and visibly accessible.
It should be dark, dry and cool. So before you modify that utility closet off your kitchen, ask whether storing food within proximity of your furnace and water heater is the best idea.
Try and think outside of the box. If your house has an attached garage with access just off your kitchen, garage kits can be a creative solution for adding that extra pantry space.
How Well Are You Utilizing Your Spaces?
Look closely at every nook and cranny of your home. Zone in on the wasted spaces and how you can maximize them.
If you have a small attic space just off your bedroom, consider moving whatever you have in other storage spaces into there.
Rearrange whatever you have to throughout your home to make that broom closet near your kitchen into the kitchen pantry storage you were looking for.
It may seem like a daunting project at first, but your efforts will be rewarded.
We’ve all heard the adage that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where our friends and family gather, and where we can express the art of love through gastronomy.
A good cook desires nothing more than to improve upon their skills and serve their guests’ dishes that they’d be lucky to experience dining out.
Improving your kitchen pantry storage and creating a pantry that’s fully stocked reliably ensures having all the staples you need on hand to make that dynamite meal.
It’ll be easier to take inventory of what you have and what you need. You’ll be able to save money by buying in bulk and taking advantages of sale items that you couldn’t justify storing before.
By canning those tomatoes that would’ve gone bad you’ll be saving money and creating less waste. You’ll eat out less and make fewer trips to the store, and wow your dinner guests like never before.