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Old 09-05-2005, 07:29 AM   #21
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Old 09-06-2005, 12:25 PM   #22
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Ok, here's some pictures. The first pic is looking into my pantry, on the left-hand side.



Here's is looking straight into the pantry.



And this final pic is looking into the pantry, on the right-hand side.



I haven't really "stuffed" it, as I would need to spend about $100 to get that much dry goods. I wouldn't mind, though, as it would mean I would have lots of food stored for future use that wouldn't spoil.

I try to date everything that comes into the pantry, to help me rotate everything. Of course, some stuff (like the canned peas), we don't use, as there's only one way I'll eat those, and no one else here eats canned peas. A lot of stuff PeppA picks up from who knows where, and I need to find a way to use it. Somethings, I have no idea what it tastes like, so I don't know how to prepare it into a good-tasting meal.

I also have a lot of non-kitchen stuff down there, especially on the bottom shelf and the left side. There are many boxes of diabetic and nebulizer supplies, and some of my computer stuff. I keep it in here right now, as I can lock that door to keep inquisitive little hands out, if need be. If I can find somewhere else to store some things, then I'll have more room to store my kitchen staples.

As to what I actually try to keep on hand, since I have so much space to store dry goods, I'm trying to keep a backup of many non-perishable items in the pantry, like mustard, ketchup, peanut butter, jelly, mayo, pastas, instant potatoes (for PeppA, I mash from scratch), instant rice, regular rice, etc. You'll notice several boxed mixes from Jiffy; those came from my MIL's pantry that I've since incorporated into my pantry. I need to use them up.
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Old 09-06-2005, 01:16 PM   #23
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That's a store Allen - not a pantry! lol

I love the looks of an organized pantry!!!!
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Old 09-06-2005, 08:53 PM   #24
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Thanks!

I'm just lucky, that being a cook, I understand inventory, organization, etc.
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Old 09-06-2005, 09:05 PM   #25
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One of my problems with having a well stocked pantry is that I get so far ahead with some things that I forget and run out thinking I still have a supply. DH bought those stainless steel racks about 7 ft high x about 5 ft wide. They are fine for all except small things and I have to put solid shelving where the small things are kept. We have some refugee families coming into our area so when they set their homes up I'm going to give a good bit of my stuff (duplicates and triplicates) to that cause. We have adopted a family to help out with clothing and my part is for a 4 year old boy. My gs has outgrown some really nice things so I gathered up a bunch of the nearly new and will deliver them tomorrow. GS even gave up some of his little cars and a few other toys. I'm sure it will mean a lot to a child who wasn't able to bring his own things with him.
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Old 09-06-2005, 10:34 PM   #26
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One of my problems with having a well stocked pantry is that I get so far ahead with some things that I forget and run out thinking I still have a supply. DH bought those stainless steel racks about 7 ft high x about 5 ft wide. They are fine for all except small things and I have to put solid shelving where the small things are kept. We have some refugee families coming into our area so when they set their homes up I'm going to give a good bit of my stuff (duplicates and triplicates) to that cause. We have adopted a family to help out with clothing and my part is for a 4 year old boy. My gs has outgrown some really nice things so I gathered up a bunch of the nearly new and will deliver them tomorrow. GS even gave up some of his little cars and a few other toys. I'm sure it will mean a lot to a child who wasn't able to bring his own things with him.
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What a wonderful thing you're doing..Your grandson too. He is about the same age as my Cade, and I know he must have loved those toys..Kids can really stir your heart...We all got together and sent money, but, are looking to do something else...I'm so proud of people like YOU and YOUR grandson..
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Old 09-06-2005, 11:08 PM   #27
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I have a spot for items that I can't figure out why I bought them. In the spring the mail carriers have a Saturday they collect non-perishable foods. When my mom was able to volunteer at one of the local food pantries, I gave the things to her to take in. With the holidays coming up, I suspect there are lots of organizations that would be greatful for any donations. Closer to Thanksgiving, one of the convenience store chains accepts non-perishable food donations.
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Old 09-07-2005, 03:06 AM   #28
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I think the tragedies that came with the storm will probably change our thinking about lots of things. I can't imagine how overwhelmed those involved would feel. Perhaps we won't be so much of a "me generation" after this. I've seen people who never give a thought to the needs of others, open their wallets and volunteer for jobs they hadn't done before.
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Old 09-07-2005, 09:26 AM   #29
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My family says I hoard food, and they are right. I think it comes from having been poor when I was a young mother, and partly from being a perennial Girl Scout. I want to be prepared...
But I save money by buying things in quantity when they are on sale, and do keep my stock rotated.
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Old 09-08-2005, 01:41 PM   #30
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Allen, what a storehouse! I have a quite small pantry, and only my fridge-top freezer these days, but even so I could feed us (there are two) easily for a couple of weeks. I, too, "rotate" my stock by giving to a food pantry when I feel I've got something I won't use (for example, hubby went through a whole-grain pasta and brown rice phase that lasted about a week ... the pantry will get the benefit of what I over-bought). I know it is very European to buy day-to-day, but when you have to get into the pickup truck every time to go to the grocery, it could get expensive. I used to buy in bulk when I lifed in Florida, had a bigger house, used to feed more of my family, and access to a variety of grocery stores. Here it simply isn't a good use of my time -- not to mention gas money -- to drive to another town if one of their stores is having a sale. So I spend a little more on groceries, but save on gas and irritation. I don't really understand a lot of people I know who don't have enough food for a spontaneous meal w/o a trip to the store.
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