Wednesday, January 19, 2011

pantry

Growing up, I was always amazed at how my Mother could easily whip a dinner up from the pantry. A stocked pantry can really save one tons of money on the weekly food budget. Found this book, "Urban Pantry" by Amy Pennington and love the idea of taking inventory of what is on the shelves.

What are some items that are in your pantry that you have on hand?
It is amazing what happiness can be found on a pantry shelf....on a snow day.
Here's a list of your staples-
rice
beans
baked beans
lentils
pasta
tomato's - crushed. canned
sugar
flour
steel cut oats
chocolate
tuna
coffee
tea
...

29 comments:

Virginia Blue - Director Blue Fruit said...

Yes, if there is a fully stocked pantry it is easy to whip a meal at a minute's notice - although of course this only works when it is all tidy and in order. Still working on that part!

two hippos said...

I'd love a pantry, especially a beautifully organised one! I always have tins of tomatoes, pesto, pasta and for some reason baked beans.

Purple Flowers said...

We have a pantry which we use on a regular basis dry goods such as pastas, beans, lentils etc. Whole organic tomatoes for sauce, cans of tuna and different types of rice. Various combination along w/fresh veggies can make a wonderful meal. Recently, we checked all the expiry dates to make sure things were okay.

Divine Theatre said...

We do have a lovely pantry space. It has those wretched wire grids, though! You know the ones that will not allow you to set boxes on them without having them tip over?
I have an evil plot to replace the wire with some good old fashioned wood shelves!

Ami said...

I love "Urban Pantry!"
When I first got the book, I immediately went to my own pantry and weeded out inferior products and made a shopping list and it has made the past few weeks so easy! Plus, the recipes are delicious!! It has been perfect for a cold and icky winter!

The Buzz said...

So true - I used my snow day to go through closets! Now if only I could keep my "scratch" on hand, my sons would love me to bake more things... from scratch, that is!
xxoo

Formerly known as Frau said...

During the winter I always have stables to make chilis or any kind of soup. Using a lot of beans and pastas around and a freezer full of meats. But if all else falls there is always PB&J!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

We just moved to Chicago and were delighted and surprised to find a city apartment with a lovely old pantry.

I always have beans, rice, tomatoes, steel cut oats, lots of tea, chocolate. . .

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Yes, even if you don't have a pantry, you need a few shelves somewhere for pasta, tomaoes, rice, etc. Keeps life orderly.
Best,
Susan

julielorusso@gmail.com said...

I always dreamed of having a pantry (some women dream about designer shoes-for me a pantry. Crazy huh?)

I have one now and I love it. I have my baking shelf and pasta shelf and shelf with things items to throw together for entertaining. I just did a post about finishing up my pantry yesterday. We had a snow day too so Drew and I went to the pantry and make cookies. '

Julie

Gretchen O. said...

Hmmmm...let me see. Crackers in the pantry with cheese in the fridge...a must. Pasta, rice, risotto...along with veggies in the fridge and I can always whip something up. Must check out that book.

Jenny Castle Design said...

Love all the jars! My freezer is where I turn to for "instant dinner"...I have homemade soups, spaghetti sauce, meatballs, etc!

Joyce said...

You have a well stocked pantry. Mine is similiar. One of my favorites to have on hand is white truffle butter (well it isn't kept in the pantry, but fridge or freezer). Along with wide pasta. It is our new favorite dish to go to when in a crunch. xo

pretty pink tulips said...

Your list is my list! I do feel like I should do a better job of making a meal with what I have. Add that to my growing list of goals for the year! :)

Joyce said...

I just went over and looked at the book. It does look good! Thanks for sharing my friend. xo

the gardeners cottage said...

hi patricia,

my pantry is prob my favorite room in my house! it's tiny but holds all the goodies. have you ever read "the perfect pantry" blog? you should check it out, i think you'll like it. i even submitted my pantry there.

xo
janet

Kwana said...

A well stocked pantry is essential especially with the season we're having.

home before dark said...

I think the pantry is where magic starts. I think if I canned tomatoes on hand, I can make something out of nothing much. I don't have a pantry but when I redo the kitchen everything will be out in the open. Looking forward to creating my own little "store."

ps more snow on its way in Kansas. Nothing says winter like having a full pantry and not having to shop in snow!

Rene said...

Yes, a stocked pantry makes me very happy. Now, if my pantry only looked this pretty.

-Rene

Inspirational Sketchbook said...

I've found that the items in my pantry have evolved and changed as my children have grown older. Where once was baby food, came jumbo boxes of Gold Fish. That space has now come to hold more 'grown-up' foods. Sigh. Who thought one could become all silly and sentimental over a pantry. Roxanne

Janet said...

I believe I have all of those on hand. Along with a can of cream of mushroom soup. With that, the possibilities are endless. . .

abby jenkins said...

I love pantry meals, I have worked on a lot of cooking shows and have placed quite a few of those pantry meals in to my weekly circulation. My fave: saute some onions, pour in tomato soup, heat to a boil, add those barilla dried tortellini, cook till very swollen, right before serving add some fresh spinach, top with shaved parm. Delicious! and it came from a show called Cooking Thin so it is supposed to be good for you. Perfect lunch for a chilly day.

quintessence said...

I have a pretty well stocked pantry - but don't know that I could cook dinner from it. I make a trip to the market every day!!

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Patricia- Chocolate never goes in a pantry. It hits my mouth first.

My parents home has a little walk-in pantry off the kitchen and I'm so happy to see that style of kitchen design coming back. Wish I had a walk-in pantry!

Loretta

The Zhush said...

An area of my life that could use a lot of improvement..especially given the number of snow days around here lately!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Hmm,looks like I have to stock up on beans, otherwise I'm good to go!

Millie said...

Aussies tend to cook a lot of Asian dishes these days, so I always have a stock of really good prepared Thai curry pastes (red, green & yellow), cans of coconut milk/cream, fish sauce & palm sugar on the pantry shelves. If you'd asked me 20 years ago though Patricia, boy it would have been a whole different list!
Millie x

CREED said...

I have all of the above except the chocolate. Just can't seem to keep that stocked, I see it, I eat it. I'm such a homebody, a stocked pantry and wine fridge on a snowy wintry day is bliss.

LindsB said...

That looks like my Grandmas pantry too- she is always a whiz at whipping up the best dinners too!