With today’s photo challenge subject being “pantry”, I thought I’d share the theory behind mine. I have two pantries. One of them holds all of the colorful jars filled with goodness from our garden that I preserve. (Well, at least several shelves) The other shelves are occupied by a mixer, a grinder, some overflow of dishes from the kitchen and my canning spices. I don’t have a full picture of this pantry, you’ll have to take my word on this one.
My second pantry is my main food pantry. It is where I keep my canned, boxed, bagged and other non-perishable foods. There is also some of my overflow of paper products and household products in there.
I then have my kitchen cupboards where I store the items I want to use first. I am a firm believer in having a well stocked pantry for several reasons. My first reason is to be prepared. I try to have at least three months of food on hand in case of emergencies. Between both pantries, the kitchen cupboard and two freezers there’s no doubt that I have accomplished that. When I say emergency, that covers everything from a job loss to a national disaster. If you will notice, there are a lot of basic items in there. Flour, sugar, vinegars, oils, etc. That way, if I don’t have it, I can probably make it.
Another reason I try to keep my pantry stocked is because I have a daughter in college. When she comes home, she is welcome to “shop” in the pantry and take anything she wants. All of the items I’ve purchased have been bought at a discount with coupons and sales. She hasn’t mastered that yet, so by her taking items from there, it’s actually saving us both money.
And the third reason is just that I don’t ever want to be in the middle of cooking something and not have an item on hand (or at least a substitute). There really is nothing more frustrating!
As you can tell, I am not an “extreme couponer” that has rooms and rooms of items that came free with coupons whether we’ll ever use them or not. I just don’t have the time or energy for that! I do, however, want to make sure that I can take care of my family and continue to provide nutritious, flavorful meals no matter what happens. Oh, and I don’t think we’ll ever run out of razors, but that’s a story (and a different closet) for another day.