Today, it’s all about how to make the best pantry ever! When you look at your pantry, do you instantly feel frustrated because it’s unorganized? If everything is all over the place, you’re probably wondering what you can do to make your pantry look its best.
While it will involve some deep cleaning and serious organizational skills, you can successfully get your pantry to look its best in one day. You’ll need to use the right products and take the proper steps to get everything in order.
Once you create the best pantry ever in your kitchen, you’ll love looking at it. Most importantly, you’ll have no problem finding what you want and need. I want to share my tips and would love to hear yours as well. It’s all about cooking from scratch, right?
Having a pantry that is properly created and maintained will help every person in the kitchen cook from scratch. Items are easier to find and you’ll have less waste. In case you missed this post, How to Stock Your Pantry
My Favorite Pantry Items
- 18-Inch Lazy Susans
- 12-Inch Lazy Susans
- Double Stackable 12-Inch Lazy Susans
- 16-Inch Single Lazy Susans
- OXO Containers
- 8-Quart Rubbermaid Containers and 8-Quart Rubbermaid Lids
How to Make the Best Pantry Ever
Go Through Your Spices
Start going through the spices in your pantry to see what you need and don’t need. You may find some practically empty bottles. If there is hardly anything left in some of the bottles, consider throwing them out because they’re taking up an unnecessary amount of space in your pantry.
Another issue is to make sure all the spices still have valid “best used by” dates. Recipes seldom turn out the way you’d like if the ingredients, including spices, aren’t relatively fresh and flavorful, that’s why we include the spices in the first place.
If at all possible, try to get containers for the spices. If you have the same container for everything, you can easily keep them together and keep them organized instead of worrying about some containers taking up way too much space in the pantry.
Of course, the best way to keep the spices organized when using the same containers is to add labels to them that are easy to see and read. After all, you wouldn’t want to mistake paprika for ground cinnamon, or anything else like that.
Get a Lazy Susan for Spices or Other Items
Consider getting a lazy susan for your spices. The lazy susan is a convenient piece of equipment that can hold many spice containers at once. The great thing about it is that you can rotate it at your convenience to grab what you need.
So, instead of rummaging through a bunch of containers, move the device from one side to the next to see all the spices at once and then grab what you need. Note that it helps with efficiency to place the containers facing out so you can read the product label. Just put it back the way you found it and the next time it’s needed you can find it easily.
There are many different types of lazy susans available, so you should be able to find one that works for you. Most importantly, you can find several options that work for other items you’re storing in the pantry, such as assorted canned goods, pasta sauce, cooking oils, etc.
Consider Using Small Plastic Baskets or Buckets
Check the Dollar Tree or any other dollar store in your area for small plastic baskets that you can use for organization purposes. These baskets are often available in different colors, including basic white, gray, and black shades.
You can choose a color that will go with the rest of your pantry, matching the colors of your kitchen and any decorations you have hanging on the wall adds a fun and efficient treatment to your pantry, and the whole kitchen if done right. I store my excess food storage in these baskets from Walmart on some rolling shelves. Here are some of my salsa jars.
The baskets are convenient to use because they allow you to keep different items together in one spot, such as bags of muffins, bags of pretzels, and other tasty treats.
In addition, your children will know where to go when they want to grab a quick snack in the pantry, making these baskets even more convenient.
I have heard you can get 5-gallon buckets fairly cheap at bakeries. You may want to try Two-Gallon Buckets with 2-Gallon Gamma Lids for your pantry. My philosophy has always been to BUY RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.
Get Food Storage Containers with Labels
Invest in suitable food storage containers that come with labels to attach to them. These labels will come in handy when you’re looking in the pantry and trying to find something specific, such as flour, pasta, beans, or other ingredients you’d typically use to prepare different meals.
There are a few advantages of using food storage containers, such as:
- Keep your food fresher for more extended periods. You can expect them to last longer when you’re not leaving ingredients in bags or open containers. The proper airtight containers will keep all kinds of foods fresh and protected from dirt, dust, rodents, and insects! You’ll feel much better about your food when you know you’re storing it in spacious containers that keep it protected.
- They’re easy to organize. It’s easy to manage and stack the food storage containers to save some space. It’s beneficial to have that extra space because you don’t know when you’ll need it the most. You can keep your items from looking unorganized by stacking the food storage containers on top of one another.
You can easily find food storage containers with labels in stores and online. Many people buy these containers on Amazon.com! If you’d like to get them as soon as possible so that you can work on fixing the pantry and making it look its best, Amazon is an excellent choice because you might get the containers delivered the same day!
8-Quart Rubbermaid Containers
I store so many things in these 8-Quart Rubbermaid Containers with 8-Quart Rubbermaid Lids for pasta, cereal (Mark’s cereal), quinoa, rice, and anything else you want to keep fresh and protected from unwanted pests. You have heard this before, I always recommend buying RIGHT THE FIRST TIME. Mice and cockroaches cannot penetrate these commercial grade containers. I live in the desert and there are all kinds of critters.
Get Rid of Bulky Boxes and Bags
Go through the items in your pantry and start getting rid of the bulky boxes and bags. You may have random boxes for things that have expired and are no longer good to eat. Be sure to toss them in the trash. If you have boxes of stuff you’re not using, you can always ask someone if they’d like it.
If they’re unopened boxes of items you don’t plan to use, you can donate those items to the less fortunate. It’s a great way to clear out your pantry space while making sure to do something nice for others. If you have bags with clips on them to keep them sealed, consider pouring the contents of those bags in the food storage containers that you can label to identify what you need quickly.
Make the Best Pantry with These Easy Steps
Use these easy steps to make the best pantry ever. If your pantry is currently unorganized, messy, and downright cluttered, it’s time to make a change. You might not look forward to opening the pantry because you know it’s hard to find anything you need, particularly if you’re in a hurry to prepare a meal or bake some cookies.
However, if you can devote one day to making some significant changes, you can make some serious progress and drastically improve the way your pantry looks and works to make your kitchen the most efficient possible.
What is a Pantry?
You can think of a pantry as a room or closet in your home, usually close to the kitchen, that is designed to be used to store various things like canned food, packaged mixes, ingredients used to bake or prepare meals, etc.
What is the Purpose of a Pantry?
Technically a pantry could be a room to store more than food-related items. It could be used to store drinks, glasses and other dishes, table cloths, things to clean your home, and any other items you generally want close at hand for easy use.
What is the difference between a Pantry and Kitchen?
Generally speaking, the kitchen is a room or area used to prepare and eat meals. It may contain space to store things like your pots and pans, dishes, utensils, and other food-related items. A sink is an expected feature. It will usually also include appliances like a refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, etc. It can also include a table and chairs, an island, and cabinets for storage.
As mentioned above, the pantry is a separate space used more for storage rather than food preparation.
Should My Pantry be Ventilated?
Some people feel the pantry should have ventilation to keep the contents at the desired room temperature. My experience has been that unless your home is subject to a high degree of humidity, the items in the pantry should be ok, particularly if items are stored in sealed containers and the pantry is dark and not subject to direct sunlight.
Must-Have Items for a Stocked Pantry:
- Baking Items, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, honey, etc.
- Canned Goods, anything YOUR family will eat.
- Beans, Grains, and Legumes.
- Your favorite oils.
- Vinegars, every one that YOU use.
- Most popular spices YOU use.
- Broths and Soups.
- Healthy Snacks.
- Dog/Cat Food and treats.
- The food you dehydrated.
- The food you canned or pressure canned.
You may need to buy a few essential items, such as a lazy susan and various food storage containers in different sizes to store different ingredients and packages. However, these purchases are worth it when you think about how good your pantry will look, how fresh things will stay, and how easily you’ll be able to find whatever you need. May God Bless this world, Linda