Pantries can be a boring subject (unless you are a homesteader!). Some of us don’t even have much space for one. And, if you do have space, you have to consider what to put in the pantry. But, for me, I just love PANTRIES, so much so, I refuse to even login to Pintrest. LOL!
Our pantry stocking history has been pretty consistent. Back when my parents were living in New Zealand and I was a baby, the only supermarket in town was really a farmers’ market run like a supermarket. It was where my dad sold some of his honey. It was also very small. Back in those days, NZ didn’t offer much in the way of canned goods and certainly no processed foods. I think it was primarily because everyone did her own canning and cooked from scratch. Nothing was packaged in plastic. Usually, bread, cheese and other items were wrapped in newspapers and put in cardboard boxes to carry out, not paper bags. So, in NZ, the only thing we kept on hand in the pantry were things like flour, rice, etc., used to cook from scratch.
When we returned to Florida, we seldom ate processed foods or sugar (we had our own hives for honey). If we did, it was saved for when we went out on the weekends to grandma’s or friends’ homes. Our garden and honey pretty much kept us going. Not much in the way of junk food or canned food. Raw butter and goat’s milk were either picked up fresh or gotten from our own goat. Since my parents only ate healthful foods, and considering that such things were unavailable on the market back then, most of everything we ate was made from scratch.
In Pasadena, things changed for awhile. In fact, since we didn’t have bees at first, we even had sugar in our pantry! That really made big news when our friends from Florida came to visit us. They had never seen the likes of that!
Today, our pantry consists of pretty much the same items we have had on hand for over 40 years. We seldom have any packaged foods in our pantry. People often wonder why we head for the corn tortilla chips when over friends’ homes. Well, now you know! *grin*
Keeping a clean and organized pantry is one of the challenges that we face at the homestead. There is always the issue of space (lack of) and storage for items bought in bulk. Sometimes, quite honestly, it just seems easier to go to the big pails full of flour or rice and just scoop it all out. But nicely labeled glass jars make a difference in the feel and vibes of a kitchen. So, I go the extra mile. Besides, storing big white pails full of bulk items is just plain ugly!
Jordanne found some “chalk board” labels. These are quite handy for labeling our glass jars. It is great because it allows you to use the jar more readily for another item. Before, I would have to change the entire label but no longer. The labels stick to any smooth surface like glass, metal, etc. They are great because they are easily removed, decorative, and will remain on the container even after washing.
What challenges do you face with food stage and what’s in YOUR pantry? Care to share?
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