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!


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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