Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Pantry Tour

There are finally some gaps in the pantry! I like to have a well stocked pantry, I think anyone who has been low on food for any period can have similar feelings. 

Closest to the door are the everyday essentials, tea, herbs and spices, breakfast cereal/oats, nuts and seeds. We have a few empty jars here, they're usually all filled with cereal or oats but at the moment one jar of each is enough. We're also using broken mixed nuts, easier to store together. Dried herbs and spices are one thing I've really cut down own, I used to love having a large assortment of different blends and so on, at the moment our meals are quite simple, so a slimmed down spice rack is fine, there's still a wide enough choice for all manner of flavour combinations. 


Above that are the tins, again a small selection at the moment, I do like to have a variety, but not just now, in the jars are red and green lentils. We tried Branston beans for the first time last week, they got the thumbs up from both of us, and as they're cheap so much the better.


Dried things, an empty jar where pasta would be, we don't eat pasta all that often but I love it when we do - I always weigh out my portion otherwise I'd eat half a bag! We're still eating the brown rice I bought months ago for £1 a kilo at Home Bargains - it looks like this is a product they generally stock at this price, so it's worth a look if you have a store nearby. 


Assorted stuff, we don't usually buy Heinz ketchup, but it was the cheapest at the time, we also have a couple of tins of soup for emergencies. The yellow pea flour was a very good purchase, I use it in the same way as gram flour, great for fritters, bhajis, Yorkshire puddings and things like that.  


Dan's bread making stuff, and spare things like oats, teabags and nuts



Assorted stuff, most of this is used frequently, but there are a couple of  things that are slow to disappear, plus waffle making essentials! 


It has been a really worthwhile exercise to get to know what we really do want and need to keep in stock, what we're replacing as soon as it runs out and what gets overlooked even when the pantry is my focus. 

10 comments:

  1. I would love a proper pantry, I think why I like a well stocked cupboard is when I was a child the cupboards were always bear.

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    1. It's a real luxury. It's a real comfort to know there is food in the house isn't it.

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  2. Living so far away from the nearest supermarket 45/50 minute drive focus's the mind. The past few months really has made me focus on what we are eating. I was impressed with Branston beans too.

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    1. Absolutely. Before we moved here we went to the shops once a week and that was it so we had to shop carefully. Now I live so close to town I like to have plenty in store so I'm not tempted to buy extra!

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  3. Beautifully organised and easy to see where everything is. We love Branston beans-they seem chunkier than other makes and not so swert tasting. Catriona

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    1. Thank you. You're right about the beans, they don't seem anywhere near as sweet as some other brands.

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  4. I wonder how long you would last just eating from your pantry - it is stocked with all sorts of goodies - I have never seen or heard of these Carlin peas until you mentioned those pies recently and now I have seen a picture of the tin I know I have never seen them to buy before. I am intrigued by them!

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    1. I think we'd be fine for a few weeks as long as our stock of almond and oat drink didn't run out.

      I hadn't heard of carlin peas until a few years ago. I don't know how I found out about the company I buy mine from, but I first came across the dried peas in a local health food store where they call them "pigeon peas".

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  5. Thanks for showing your pantry. I need to get in mine and rotate things around so they get used up before the best before date (or as close to it as possible).

    God bless.

    God bless.

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    1. I love seeing pictures of kitchen cupboards and pantries!

      Oh yes, keep that stock rotated, there's nothing worse than finding something that was left behind!

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