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Every home needs a Pantry. If your home doesn’t have one, you can buy or install a cupboard with shelves and store this in your kitchen.

The pictures above give you an idea of different types of pantries. I have chosen 3 images. On the left is a small basic pantry or storage unit you may find in an apartment or small home. The centre image is a pantry you will find in a large home or which has been designed and built in new modern homes. The image on the right shows you how to best organise your pantry into containers which are labelled and easy to find, It is more practical to remove packaging and store in airtight containers or boxes for a more efficient organised system.

What is usually stored in the Pantry?

  • Non perishable foods stored in air tight containers.
  • Flour
  • Cereals/grains – Rice, oats, lentils, barley,
  • Sugar, salt, baking powder, yeast, bicarbonate of soda or baking soda,
  • Cooking oil, Sesame oil, Olive oil
  • White vinegar, balsamic vinegar
  • Food flavorings
  • Spices – pepper, bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, cardamon, mustard, tumeric, chilli, paprika,
  • Canned provisions – tinned tomatoes, soups, fruits, tuna, corn.
  • Tinned fruit – pineapple, pears, apricot
  • Bottled Preserves/Jams
  • Honey
  • Pasta/Noodles
  • Tea/Coffee/Cocoa
  • Garlic, onions, potatoes
  • Bottled Sauces/pickles
  • Bread/Biscuits
  • Kitchen tools and utensils
  • Kitchen linen, recipe books.
  • Food preparation/mixing bowls in 3 sizes
  • Baking trays
  • Baking paper, foil, wrap, paper towels, kitchen towels

The pantry should be kept clean regularly and items rotated and replenished on a regular basis.

The amount of food items you store depends on the family’s needs, daily meal preparation.

You can cook any meal from food stored in the pantry – with cereals, oil, fresh fruit and vegetables. Over time and with practice you can create your own meals by using a few items.

For a family of 4 people, you will need the following items:

  • Breakfast cereals
  • Oats
  • Rice 5 kg
  • Pasta 2-3 packets
  • Noodles 2-3 packets
  • Flour 2 kg
  • Cooking Salt/spices/flavorings
  • Cooking oil (2 litres) approx
  • Lentils – 1 kg
  • Eggs 1-2 doz
  • Fresh fruit/vegetables

Several meals can be prepared from the pantry – bread, pancakes, chapatis, cakes, muffins, rice, lentil soups, omelet, banana bread, fried rice, pasta, etc.

I hope you enjoy your pantry and cooking delicious meals for yourself and family!

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