Pantry special!! Some time last month I started harping on about the pantry. After much deliberation, I decided to go with plastic containers for my pantry over Kilner Jars. Firstly, my children help with a lot in the kitchen (my kids are 9 and 6 for those who don’t know) and glass, kids and an extremely hardwearing farmhouse tiled floor are not a great combination. Secondly, the Kilner jars were just too expensive to even make a start on. We do already have a few Kilner jars but I think I would like to use these for the homebrew alcohol that we’re trying out. They look very pretty lined up and the colours of the fruit in the alcohol do them justice. I researched online for the plastic tuppawear type boxes, yes I am that sad, and settled on Tesco’s Klipfresh. I have ‘free’ next day delivery with Tesco so they were ordered and turned up as expected, plonked in the greenhouse by our kind postman.
Now, they aren’t cheap either. I do however manage to easy my conscience with that knowing that they are an investment (I can hear my husband’s comments in my head as I type this). I think they are an investment anyway. Remember my comment about flies a few weeks ago? Well these containers keep their contents fly and bug free (think weevels in flour) and moisture free too. If items that are decanted have a specific cooking time, I will take a photo of the instructions but to be fair, I don’t tend to follow packet instructions when using the Aga.
Here’s what the pantry looked like, unedited, on the day that I ordered the containers.
I spent a long time, with the help of my daughter, sorting the pantry out so that it now looks like this.
Anything that was open in terms of cereal, flour, sugars etc, were decanted into a container of suitable size and a label on to remind us what it was. If an item was not open, it was stored with other like items for when it was needed. I did notice the self-raising flour was coming to its use by date and given that we now have a freezer with lots of space in it, it would be criminal not to bake some cakes and freeze them sliced ready for unexpected guests and packed lunches, wouldn’t it now? So that’s on the cards for the weekend.
Overall I am rather pleased with how it turned out.