Reorganizing A Pantry-
With the heat, 100 degrees this last week, I've been doing some inside projects. I started my spare bedroom closet to pantry conversion about four years ago. I wanted to be able to store more food, supplies and save money. My kitchen has limited storage. When you have a good assortment of healthy foods and supplies on hand it makes life easier! Along with our small chest freezer it's a way to save $$$ and be prepared. I have some REALLY serious concerns about our future with various national and international situations. It's never to late too start! Do yourself and your family a favor- don't store junk. Store whole grains, fruits, veggies, beans, condiments, oils, and baking supplies. Here was the initial pantry set up Reorganizing Food Pantry It was a good place to start. I realized I needed to tweak it, and then tweak again. I think a pantry needs to be dynamic since our lives are always changing. Working full time now I won't be using quite so many dried beans for instance. Canned beans are faster and still pretty cheap for the small amount we use. I store things like extra candles, a large flashlight, and a water filter to filter the 55 gallons of water in our barrel if needed. I knew I had to rotate some foods, discard some items, so I reorganized today, with Dave's help. We dumped old dry beans, a small amount of canned goods and moved some things around. I added my extra kitchen plates out of the kitchen to the bedroom. I also moved small appliances from my steel rack to the closet. I also reorganized the steel rack. Not many jars of canned apples left! The rack is now ready for canning season. I wound up having spare containers, so they're off for donations tomorrow-
Dry herbs to jar up
Extra dishes up and out of the way
Small appliances on the bottom, extra water, veggies, dry goods
Long term storage foods
I found this great vintage Atlas Strong Shoulder Mason jar in the closet too, full of beans. It's clear, but in great shape. I may fill it full of seashells for the summer. I love old things!
Steel rack reorganized, all those empty jars will be full soon!
To save room on this steel rack I used a large clear tote and moved the large canning supplies to the garage. Clean and ready to use. I decided not to use that space for some things I use only a few times a year. Prioritize your pantry! Keep what you use on a regular basis in easy reach, store the rest elsewhere if you can. A spare bedroom is ideal to start storing foods! Under your bed, a coat closet, just use something!!! Get started now, a little at a time, and remember buy what you like and will eat, and limit junk.
Our First Peach Harvest!After planting our peach tree last year we have our first small crop! It was easy to plant and here is how I blogged about it- How To Add A Fruit Tree to Your Yard They were dead ripe and the best way to eat them, in my opinion, is raw, just sheer perfection! Like this perfect dessert-
Sliced, warm from the tree, on top of vanilla ice cream, with a little cinnamon and sugar
Our great little peach tree, adds some shade too! Time to prune now that we harvested.
Pears are doing great, more than I thought! Maybe 30 or so!!! Big but still not ripe-
What Would You Plant & Grow?
I asked Dave to clean out our garden junk corner last weekend, too much heavy lifting for my back :(
On Craig's list I gave away some concrete blocks and steel garden posts. We moved our extra lumber and tomato posts to the area to the left, behind the side of the house. Stored but out of sight. Some old wood went to the dump, too rotted. That leaves this area open to plant. So I'm thinking, plant what? The concrete pavers will stay for drainage issues, but that leaves about 6 feet along the S. fence and another 4 feet along the chicken wire. Maybe more berries on the wire and a tall shrub on the fence? What would you plant? I'm thinking about buying something while the prices are going down. If I wait til Fall there's not so many choices. What to do??? I could also divide some berries for free, but I'd need to buy a shrub, so what do you think???