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:
- White rice
- Short grain brown rice & forbidden black rice in the second compartment
- Black eyed peas
- Split green peas & mung beans into the second compartment
- Pinto beans
- Split channa dal
- Canellini beans
- Korean red beans
- French green lentils
- Brown basmati and brown jasmine rice
- Assorted beans
- Long grain wild rice