Top tips for keeping a well-organised pantry
Here are our top tips for keeping your pantry well-organised.
1. Make it look good
Instead of a sticky, sugar-crusted store cupboard opt for something chic and organised. If you used to get a good feeling from having an organised pencil case at school, this should tick your boxes. Decant your dry ingredients into bottled, air-tight jars, print off labels and off you go.
2. Take a note of expiry dates
If you’re decanting dry ingredients, note their expiry dates and give your store cupboard a spring clean every few months.
3. Use air tight containers
To prevent ants, weevils and damp, store flour, sugar, rice et al in air tight containers. Make sure your store cupboard is as cool and as dry as you can get it.
4. Shop online if you can
Food shopping online can make it easier to stick to a budget and plan your meals. Consider a monthly online shop to cover all your basic staples and rather enjoy shopping for fresh, seasonal fruit and veggies and at your local butcher or fishmonger.
5. Don’t stock up on tuna if you don’t like it
Moving house with tins of tuna may say something: you aren’t a fan of tuna. It sounds ridiculous but make sure you stock up with the food your family enjoys.
6. Declutter and spring clean
Give your store cupboard a sort and it won’t be a scary place. Spices won’t spoil but they will lose potency over time and are best if used within six months of purchase. If you’re unsure of a spice’s freshness, take a sniff and if there’s no smell it’s had its day and should be replaced.
Our list of essential ingredients:
Tinned pulses (chick peas, lentils, kidney beans)
Bottles, jars and cartons
Red wine vinegar
White wine vinegar – you might like to read up on all the wonderful things that vinegar can do.
Vegetable or sunflower oil
Mustard – English or Dijon or both
Long-life fruit juice
Sweet chilli sauce
An assortment of stock cubes or stock concentrates
Dried chilli flakes
Smoked Spanish paprika
Vanilla paste or essence
Natural food colouring
Are we missing anything? What’s on your list of pantry essentials?
With thanks to Jenna Viney for her advice on compiling this article.