Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The indoor Pantry

Most of our stored foods, we keep in our container.  We just don't have room in the shouse for barrels and buckets and bags, oh my!  We do, however, have a set of racking in our bedroom (of all places!) to keep canned goods that would freeze in the container.  Over the months, it becomes a complete and total mess and I am left with no idea of what we have and what we don't have.

Generally speaking, we use what we can ourselves, but there are occasions that we run out of home canned goods.  Also, we like to stock up on grocery store canned items so that, in the event of a natural disaster, like an earthquake, we have something canned that won't break.

After cleaning and organizing our shelves (I know, I should have gotten a "before" picture!), I know what to put on my shopping list for my next day in town!

I cover the shelving with curtains
(it needs to look pretty, you know)

As you can see, we are woefully
short in some departments


  1. Nicely organized indoor pantry you have there, Enola. My kitchen pantry is almost as well organized, but I had to store things where they fit, and sometimes that meant storing tomato paste in all the nooks and crannies. And canned mushrooms are stacked on top of soups. Not as I would like it, but one makes do with what one has.

    The fact is, my canned foods have outgrown my pantry, so now I store boxes of food in the guest bathroom - in the bathtub. I seldom have guests this time of year, so putting the overflow of cans into the tub is fine for now. See, your bedroom pantry isn't so odd. My bathtub pantry is far more bizarre. LOL

    NoCal Gal

  2. PS, please tell me your rack is secured to the wall so if there is an earthquake, it won't fall on you as you sleep and crush you. Take it from someone who lives in active earthquake country, an ounce of prevention is definitely worth the effort.

    NoCal Gal

  3. I have a 12'X12' pantry that is full to the gills, but with 7 kids and grandkids to boot, that's not enough room. I, too have supplies stashed everywhere. I keep a selection of the home canned on a shelf, but keep the bulk in the boxes the jars come in. These boxes are under beds, behind couches, and stacked behind the towels in the guest bath closet.
    If you're going to have a decent 'just in case' larder, you're just going to have to give up on elegant and minimalist decor.

  4. You mentioned not knowing what you have....I feel like that much of the time, and am wondering if anyone has a way to keep track of what you have and what you've used?
    Donna G.

  5. Enola, I've found these rotation boxes very helpful in keeping things organized and I can tell at-a-glance what we're in need of.