My family like to tease me about my pantry, they always have teased me. When we were in the states Expat Daughter came home from her High school one day with a few of her friends. They walked in through the garage past my pantry shelves, and one of her friends said, " Are you Mormon too"? Expat Daughter said no Lutheran. Her friend said " WOW your Mom's Pantry is way better than my Mom's, your Mom really has enough food to last a year"!
My husband gave me a bad time about it too! I just told him if there was a disaster we will be well fed, the neighbors will have to be nice to us if they want to eat. (That was when we were living in the neighborhood full of mean people.) I digress and won't go there as it will bring up bad thoughts and words!
Some of my friends here in China are even envious of my pantry, and some have even said that when we move someday to wherever. They would like to have the items I cannot take with me to the next country or my home country.The Perfect Pantry food blog that I visit has been asking people for photos of their pantries so we can all have a look into other peoples and see what they have in them. Sort of like going to someone else's bathroom and looking into the magazine rack or medicine cabinet. We have all done that .....at least once when we were in our teens.
The other day I popped onto The Perfect Pantry and decided it was time that I take some photos of my pantry and well show it off.
While taking the photos I decided it would be a good idea to also explain them a bit, and do a post of my own. This will help out a bit in understanding the photos of my pantry as it is in two locations and one is really a tight little closet that made photo taking a bit difficult. So I decided to do some photos shelf by shelf.
This is the pantry that is in the closet in my kitchen. The closet is small as the stairs are over head so not much head space at the back of the closet. I was able to put a couple of shelving units in this works but I do forget about that darn ceiling and crack my head occasionally.
Shelf by shelf ........
Top shelf... Spices, spices and more spices.
Second shelf this is a messy one. Sorry.
Pasta, lentils, beans, seeds, tortillas, taco shells, rice wrappers, sushi supplies, Korean pancake mix, Japanese curry, grits. etc.
Third shelf Baking supplies....nuts, raisins, prunes, chocolate chips, coconut, candied ginger, crystallized ginger, gelatin leaves, cake decorating sprinkles, colors, tapioca, jello, cupcake cups, molasses, corn syrup, cake mixes, bar chocolate for baking or for eating.
Fourth shelf...More baking supplies. Sugars, cocoas,flours white,rye, and wheat,salts,shortening, cornmeal.
Fifth shelf ..... More flours, bun flour, oats, oil, soup and sauce mixes, rice basmati, Japanese and Thai varieties.
Fifth Shelf at the back of the closet is the snacks... Expat Son and Hubbies Favorite Shelf! Chips, crackers,seaweed snack packets, microwave popcorn, cookies, and other sweet things.
The Second part of my Pantry is in a room off of our garage. Our kitchen is just too small to hold it all and we have a nice room out in the garage that has air con and heat so it is some what climate controlled.
Pantry Part 2
Now For the Shelf by shelf description.......
Top food shelf that is.....
Olives, pickles, capers, hot sauce, salsa, vanilla, honey, golden syrup, corn syrup, spices, Korean chili powder,Tom Yum paste, Curry paste.
Second and Third shelves.....
Pesto, ketchup, mustard, sunflower seeds and bar nuts, vinegars - red, white, rice, Japanese, balsamic, Salad dressings, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) Thai Chili sauce, jams and peanut butter.
Third shelf..... Canned goods
soups, beans,tomatoes, Portuguese sausage, crab meat, mackerel, salmon, anchovies, tuna, chicken and turkey for sandwiches, and a bag of cinnamon powder.
Canned fruit, pumpkin, poppy and almond filling for sweet breads, chicken broth, coconut milk, UHT milk and cream, fruit juice, cordial syrups lingonberry and blackcurrant.
Floor area ..... Japanese sodas, Coke, Sprite, club soda, tonic, a few Bacardi breezers.
The last shelves.....
zipper bags, aluminum foil, wax paper, parchment, plastic wrap, coffee filters, disposable party supplies, cereals teas, black, English tea, herbal tea, Chinese tea, coffee beans and ground coffee.
The shelves above have appliances and other kitchen goodies that won't fit in the kitchen. Also disposable baking trays for when I take things to parties I can leave the tray.
Last but not least on the other wall is Hubbies favorite.
Beer and the hard stuff. I'm a good Tai-Tai
Well it's a bit insane and over the top, I know, but living in China especially in the earlier years 1996-2001 that we were here, I learned to buy when I saw or it would not be there the next time. Expat Daughter was always happy when her favorites were in stock in Mom's Pantry in those years, her friends too!These days things are more available than they used to be and there is no need for me to make that trip into Hong Kong for groceries anymore. Thank goodness!
I don't like to shop all the time for non-perishable things so I keep those well stocked and shop for the fresh items.
So that is my pantry.
If you want to see others, you need to go visit The Perfect Pantry.