March 16, 2010|Comments (17)
Confession: I am obsessed with pantries. Shelves lined with sparkling quart jars filled with colorful fruits and vegetables send me into fits of happiness. One look at some antique canning jars with those dome-glass lids and I melt. For me, pantries are more fun than bubble wrap and jet skis.
Within moment of unpacking the kitchen, it was obvious that I’d outgrown it. There may never be a kitchen that is too big for my needs. Three years later, my kitchen was overflowing thanks to several factors:
1. This house does not have a basement. Basements are unheard-of in these parts.
2. My kitchen (as with many of the kitchens we toured when house-shopping) was not meant for a canning/preserving canning family.
3. No pantry. None. Not even a hint of one. I know because I looked. Everywhere.
After issuing multiple complaints with management, shelves were installed in the laundry room. Shelves built for canning jars and food storage for a household such as this one must be sturdy. Why must they be so sturdy? Because these shelves easily hold enough food to get our family through a few months without having to hit the grocery store and that much food weighs a ton. Wire shelves simply can’t hold up under the strain.
As I prepare to pack everything up and relocate our entire life, I thought I’d take inventory. A stockpiling inventory! Are you ready? Here we go:
orzo brown rice speckled heart grits
pinto beans matzo meal cracker meal
black eye peas great northern beans pearled barley
garbanzo beans black beans kidney beans
bulgur wheat flax seed calico bean soup mix
yellow lentils green lentils brown lentils
wheat germ quick-cook oats old fashioned oats
yellow cornmeal white cornmeal corn muffin mix
vital wheat gluten cracked wheat arborio rice
jasmine rice long grain rice yellow rice
dried plums dried apricots raisins
dried cranberries sun-dried tomatoes dates
bread flour semolina flour rye flour
whole wheat flour powdered sugar cocoa powder
light brown sugar dark brown sugar molasses
baking soda baking powder Kosher salt
white sugar Lipton tea (family size) powdered milk
rice flour cake flour split peas
lima beans pine nuts noodles/various dried pasta
And then there are the canned fruits and vegetables:
diced tomatoes stewed tomatoes salsa
summer squash banana peppers jalapeno peppers
green beans collard greens mushrooms
diced carrots dill pickles pickle relish
pepper relish applesauce apple butter
pear butter mint jelly blueberry jam
apple jelly peaches apple pie filling
cherries grapefruit apricot preserves
Do you have a pantry? Do you stockpile food?