Friday, May 30, 2014

Tips For Creating Your Own Custom Pantry

For the past few days, since Memorial Day, every time I walk out of our bathroom it feels like I can hear the angels singing. This is what I'm calling eye candy that tastes just as good as it looks!

Let's take a moment shall we? A deep breath in, a deep breath out...Ahhhhhhh.

open shelving and containers turned into a pantry

We have been using these OXO containers for a while now. Last year I showed you how this space first took shape when we added the two top shelves and created a pantry space. Since then we have continued to use the top two shelves along with another set of containers that was hidden away in one of our kitchen cabinets

However, now that I've been making homemade granola and finally learned how to cook dry beans (it only took me almost ten years of being married to someone who grew up in Mexico to finally learn), I found that I could definitely make use of a few more containers. 

There was also a shelf already attached to the brick a little lower down that I could conveniently stack some more containers on. So I brought the ones from the cabinet to this space and had room for a few more. 

clear containers for food storage

Since these containers in particular run quite pricey I only buy them when they are on sale. The things I love about them most are the easy pop lids, the see through containers, the various sizes and the grooves in the lids that allow you to stack them on top of each other easily. 

clear containers for pantry

As Memorial Day approached I checked out the paper for coupons and headed to some department stores to see what I could find. You can find these containers sold in box sets for a discounted price. However, I like to buy some of the bigger containers and in sizes that I know will work with my space and for storing the things that we use most.

For instance these smaller ones aren't my favorite (but I needed a few to have things stack evenly) because they can hardly fit anything in them. Yet, they are good for some things like a small bag of almonds.

oxo container

The larger containers are nice for putting a whole bag of tortilla chips in or a full tub of oatmeal. You also want to be careful that your containers aren't too big and wasting space. Some of the mid-size containers work really well too.

create your own pantry in the kitchen

We've usually had success with things staying fresh. The only things I've noticed don't keep for a long time are crackers and the small marshmallows. We also tried storing Takis in a container once and found that the strong flavor was absorbed into the container. I managed to get rid of it with time and a little newspaper trick. 

open pantry

For the most part we keep all of our staple items here like flour, sugar, rice, beans, oatmeal, popcorn kernels, coconut & pasta. Then in the rest we keep some staple snacks like tortilla chips & nuts and like to switch up the rest with various other snack items. 

Another great feature is being able to be flexible with what is stored so I don't label containers. With a family our size and guests frequenting often no container stays full for long. 

food storage in the kitchen

Come grocery day all I have to do is take a quick inventory and I know just what I need.

Tips For Creating Your Own Custom Pantry

I hope those little tips help you discover what might work for your pantry. And if nothing else we can all use a little glimpse of eye candy on a Friday. Have a great weekend!

If you were on a desert island and you could only take three of your favorite things from your pantry what would they be? Mine...rice, beans and popcorn. I can't wait to hear yours!

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  1. Beautiful! We are currently trying to empty our pantry in preparation for a big move and I am excited to start over and build up a new food storage in our new home. I hope mine is as lovely, organized, and useful as yours is!

    1. I hope the big move goes well! :-)


  2. What a great use of what could be a problem it!

  3. This looks great! What a great (and attractive) solution for a no pantry home. Thank you for sharing!

    Alex @ Lavender's Blue

  4. What a clever way to do that ! Hmm I need to think about this seriously !!
    Hope you have a great week !!


  5. Hi! I love your pantry, it's so beautiful and organized! How did you decide what size containers to get? I'm struggling to figure out what I need because sometimes I buy something (almonds, for example) in small quantities, other times in bulk. Sometimes items come in different sizes depending on where I purchase them. Do you move items from a large container to a small one when needed? Thanks! - Laura

    1. Hi,

      Thank you! When it comes to the containers I like having various sizes to choose from. That is one of the reasons that I don't generally label these containers (so that I can switch them up as needed.) The smaller containers don't hold much when it comes to first opening up packages but they do work well to move smaller amounts of things into them and free up a larger container for something else. So I mainly picked my containers based on what space I had available and with a variety of sizes but focusing on trying to get larger ones in there when possible. I hope that helps!



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