The kitchen is a joyful place. It’s where you can create culinary works of mastery. It’s where you gather with friends and family. For many of us, it’s where we start our days.
It’s a happy place in the home and keeping it clean and organized should not feel like a chore. And the place to start? Stocking the pantry. Especially when you’re new to an apartment home with a gourmet kitchen like what we offer at The Main, having a well stocked pantry is fundamental to kitchen organization.
Here are some tips and tricks for making the process of stocking your pantry easy as pie:
Make it your own
When it comes to what you want or need in your pantry, first consider recipes you use regularly and stock items that are needed for that. Beyond that, thinking through the aisles at the grocery store can be a good way to stock other necessities that can come in handy for a variety of sweet or savory concoctions.
A variety of grains, rice and pasta are a good staple to have alongside sauces and bread crumbs. Baking essentials include flour and sugar, but also baking powder, baking soda, extracts and spices. Good canned goods to have on hand include an array of canned tomatoes and other vegetables, as well as beef, chicken and vegetable broth.
It’s also handy to have ready-made options, like spaghetti noodles and sauce, for those emergency nights when the last thing you want to do is go grocery shopping or cook something from scratch.
Know that it can take time
Good things come to those who wait when it comes to pantry stocking. The nice thing is most pantry staples have long shelf lives, so you are able to keep them on hand even if you opt against making that lasagna this week, for example.
It may not be a bad idea to spread out stocking over numerous trips to the store rather than considering a comprehensive list from the start.
Shop around for deals and discounts
Most people have coupons available that come free in the mail. Others use coupon and other rebate apps (like Ibotta) to save on groceries on a weekly basis. If you shop sales, double up those sales with coupons and stock up on those items you use most regularly.
And remember, what may seem like a deal at one store may actually not be at another. It doesn’t hurt to get to know the prices of items you use frequently at a variety of local stores, so you’re able to stock up on that particular ingredient when it’s less expensive.
One’s definition of a pantry may vary based on the size and scope of the space, but the purpose is the same. Regardless of its size, a pantry should provide easy access to a variety of ingredients at a moment’s notice.
With that said, figuring out an organizational system that works for you is incredibly helpful. If you have a number of shelves, consider organizing by shelf certain ingredients, keeping like items in close proximity to each other.
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Our kitchens are at the heart of each and every one of our luxury apartment homes at The Main. Our open concept floor plans offer beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows perfect for getting inspired to cook up something fabulous no matter the ingredients.
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