The picture above is not my pantry but one I envy from Google.
People throughout history have always had somewhere to store their food. Whether it was larders to store meats, buttery to store beer and ale or the pantry used to describe these spaces in the Medieval times to the more formal Butler’s Pantry of the 1800s every item was to have a proper storage space. Modern pantries made a resurgence in the 1990s when people started to return to the nesting mode. Mostly they are used for storage of non-perishables.
Everyone has different items that they keep on hand in their pantry. For me I have 3 sets of shelves in my basement where we keep our pantry supplies. I always try to keep 2-3 months of non-perishable goods to make it from one sale cycle to the next. Sales generally cycles generally rotate every 6-10 weeks.
Being from an area where we have gone through several blizzards it is always in the back of our mind during the winter that we may have to rely on the food we have for several days and I want to be prepared for any emergency. My thought is that I always want to have enough food to make at least 2 weeks worth of meals from just the food we have on hand. I remember a blizzard, when I was younger, where we were snowed in for about 10 days. They came to pick my father up on a snow mobile because he was considered essential work personnel for the city. After a week we could walk to the grocery store. We pulled a sled behind us as we walked down the main streets as there were no cars allowed on the roads. I always think how long could we eat out of our pantry if needed?
So what is in my pantry right now?
- Pasta, Rice, Quinoa
- Beans – black, pinto, garbanzo, kidney, Grandma Brown’s
- Canned Vegetables – diced tomatoes, tomato puree, corn, beans, carrots,
- Canned Fruit – peaches, pears,
- Canned Meats – tuna, chicken, Spam (yes, we usually have 2 -3 cans on hand)
- Spices – salt, pepper, powdered garlic,
- Vegetable Oil
- Corn Starch
- Baking Chips – Chocolate, White Chocolate, Toffee and Peanut Butter
- Cereal – Corn Chex, Rice, Chex,
- Canned Soups
- Chicken Stock and Beef Stock
- Salad Dressings – various
- Sauces – ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, soy, sesame, hoisin and oyster
- Crackers – various
- Peanut Butter
- Snacks for lunches – peanut butter crackers, chips, pudding, etc…
- Paper Towels and Toilet Tissue
What is in your pantry?