11 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Kitchen Using Pantry Designs
Pantries are popular again, and for good reason! Find out how including a pantry can help you make the most of the space you have in your kitchen. A pantry is a great way to improve the way your kitchen works and looks, and get more storage space without sacrificing square footage.
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Using a Pantry to Improve Your Kitchen
1. Clear your counters
Store any small appliances you don't use every day in the pantry. They will be easily accessible there - if you have power outlets in the pantry you can even use them right there - but they won't be cluttering up your counters for day-to-day use.
2. Free-up your most accessible shelf space
Move as many as you can of the food packages you don't use every day into the pantry. That will free up shelf space in the kitchen for things which are in active use, especially the easiest-to-reach shelves and drawers between hip and head height.
3. Gather bulk foods into one place
For those of us to bulk-buy, it's common to end up storing our bulk buys all over the house! With a pantry, you can gather everything together in one place, see what you've got, and avoid buying duplicates or running out. Never find outdated canned goods under the guest-room bed again!
4. Organise your canning
If you do any home canning you know it's a challenge to keep track of what you've got, what's been eaten, what needs to be eaten soon, and especially, what to do with all the empty jars! A pantry allows you to see exactly what you've got, and have a place to stash those jars where they don't clutter up the rest of the kitchen.
5. See what you've got
A pantry can be arranged so that all the storage is open - open shelves, wire drawers, clear plastic containers, glass jars, etc. Because everything is visible, things don't get ost or forgotten, you eat them before they go out of date (or know you're not going to, and get rid of them), and you know when you're running out.
A pantry doesn't take up space in your kitchen...
it saves space! Even a small kitchen can benefit from a pantry.
More great ways to use your pantry
6. Corral paper goods
Paper goods are very bulky and hard to store. They are another thing that tends to end up under the bed or in the back of the closet if you buy in bulk! Store them all together in the pantry. Also consider replacing some paper goods with cloth rags: paper towels are seldom really necessary.
7. Organise foods for common meals
Some folks like to store all the makings for favorite meals together in the pantry. For example, store pasta, canned spaghetti sauce, and shelf-stable parmesan together for a quick pasta meal.
8. Get vermin-proof storage
Everyone is at risk for insect infestations in the kitchen, and many older or country houses are subject to the occasional rodent invasion. Build your pantry and the storage options inside it to be critter-proof and you'll have a safe space to store grains and other vulnerable foods.
9. Keep foods cool without a fridge
You can build your pantry so that it has a ventilation system accessing cool outside air (preferably on a north wall) to keep it cooler than the rest of the kitchen. While this won't keep foods fresh which need to be refrigerated, many things we keep in the fridge nowadays only really need to be cool.
10. Declutter your kitchen
Do you want one of those clear, tidy, minimalist kitchens that you see in the magazines? Then you need a pantry to store all the real-life clutter that a working kitchen uses.
11. Display your pretties
Other pantry designs work for this too, if you set them up the right way, but a butler's pantry in particular is a great place to store and display your best china, fancy glassware, and special platters and serving bowls.