February 22, 2010

Marulka's organize your pantry challenge

Yesterday I decided that I had enough of  my messy pantry. For a while I was in denial that it needed any help whatsoever as the gradual increase in dried beans and rice varieties sort of crept up on me surreptitiously as I kept cooking more and more. I choose not to cook meat (but I do enjoy it when I eat out) so beans are the primary source of protein. I also don't make or buy bread often so rice or other whole grains are a must. All whole grains and flours are stored in the fridge and the beans and rice varieties enjoy two shelves in my pantry cabinet.

I typically buy everything in bulk from Whole Foods so those two shelves were overwhelmed with a multitude of zip lock bags (my preferred storage vehicle until yesterday) and it was very hard to tell if I had any chickpeas left or the hidden zip lock in the back had some remnants from the pinto beans I bought on sale a while back.

A trip to Ikea was the remedy to my pantry woes - SM took all the requisite measurements and recommended the perfect stackable containers which have multiple dividers:

Bottom shelf:

  • White rice
  • Short grain brown rice & forbidden black rice in the second compartment
  • Chickpeas
  • Black eyed peas
  • Split green peas & mung beans into the second compartment
  • Farro
  • Pinto beans
  • Split channa dal
Top shelf:

  • Canellini beans
  • Korean red beans
  • Quinoa
  • French green lentils
  • Brown basmati and brown jasmine rice
  • Assorted beans 
  • Long grain wild rice
Would any of my fellow bloggers dare to reveal their pantries?

P.S. What was our cat up to amidst all the pantry frenzy?

Chilling on her new cat bed from Ikea

1 comment:

  1. Great job, Marulka!
    We better show "Before" and "After" pictures :)