What’s In Your {PANTRY}??

It’s January 1st…a time for resolutions, a time for reminiscing, a time for reorganizing.  That’s right…reorganizing.  If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to get your kitchen organized – you’re in the right place.  Over the next week, I’ll be posting about ways to organize your kitchen to make it more efficient and fun to be in.  To start things off, I thought I’d give you a basic rundown of what’s in my pantry and refrigerator on pretty much any given day.  These are the things that I use all the time.  Of course, you may not use all these things, so just use this as a jumping off point – tweak it to meet your needs.

In The Fridge:

  • Fresh Greens – usually Spring Mix or Baby Spinach
  • Fresh Carrots
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Fresh Fruit – grapes, apples, oranges, whatever’s in season
  • Broccoli
  • Milk
  • Heavy Cream
  • Cheeses – Shredded Mozarella & Chedder, and Fresh Parmesan as well as sliced cheese for sandwiches
  • Deli Meats for school lunches
  • Tortillas
  • Bagels
  • Ketchup, Mustard, and Mayo
  • Salsa
  • Juice
  • Cream Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Bacon
  • Soft Drinks
  • Jams & Jellies
  • Ice Cream Toppings

In The Freezer:

  • Ground Beef
  • Ground Turkey
  • Steaks
  • Pork Chops & Pork Loin
  • Chicken Tenderloins & Chicken Breasts
  • Salmon
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Lima Beans
  • Chopped Onions (Either purchased at the grocery, or some that I’ve chopped and tossed into freezer bags)
  • Chopped Peppers (Same as onions)
  • Puff Pastry
  • Phyllo Dough
  • Assorted Berries and Fruit
  • Ice Cream
  • Frozen Pizzas – for those nights when I just don’t feel like cooking!

In The Cabinets:

  • Dried Herbs & Spices
  • Peanut Butter
  • Whole Wheat Pasta, assorted shapes
  • Chicken Broth
  • Beef Broth
  • Tomato Sauce,  Tomato Paste & Crushed Tomatoes
  • Canned Black Beans
  • Canned Baked Beans
  • Jams & Jellies (unopened)
  • Oatmeal
  • Dried Fruits
  • Nuts
  • Coconut
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Rice
  • Pudding Mixes
  • Brownie Mixes
  • Cake Mixes
  • Cooking Spray
  • Table Salt
  • Honey
  • Baking Soda & Baking Powder
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Cereal
  • Granola Bars
  • Crackers

On The Counter: (I display alot of my frequently used items in glass containers on my counter or in other areas in view)

  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Other fresh veggies in season such as peppers, tomatoes, avocado, etc.
  • Lemons
  • Garlic
  • Shallots
  • Fresh Fruit that doesn’t need refrigeration – bananas
  • Kosher Salt
  • Peppermill
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Brown Sugar

 

So there you have it – that’s what we eat around here.  Tomorrow I’ll share photos of how I store all these items and keep them organized.

Do you have any questions about organizing specific things?  Let me know and I’ll try to answer them before the week’s over!

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One thought on “What’s In Your {PANTRY}??

  1. Carla, I have very little cabinet space and too many mixing bowls, cookware and cake pans, as well as decorating supplies. I would love suggestions on organizing and hiding these things!!! I want to simplify this year too! But I just got a new set of storage bowls and a new set of bakeware for Christmas!!! ;). Please help!!!

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