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My Pantry

Today I am giving you a little tour of my kitchen. I wanted to show you how I store all those beans and grains.  I also wanted to show you how I organize my kitchen, so I am always ready to whip something up for my family.

So without further ado...

Let's gets this tour underway....

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We have a very open kitchen, with a lot of open shelves. Our kitchen didn't come with shelves or cabinets. My hubby had to put all these in himself. HERE is what our kitchen use to look like. Last year we saved up and were able to put metal shelving into the kitchen. We purchased them from Webstaurant.com. I love open shelving because I can see everything in my kitchen. All my seasonings, pastas, beans, flours, and grains are visible. This means I am not wasting any food, since nothing is getting buried in my cabinets. Making sure no food gets wasted is one of the quickest ways to save money on your groceries. Wasted food means you are literally throwing your money into the trash. Set your kitchen up in a way to prevent this from happening.

Keeping your kitchen organized is a great way to not only save money, but time as well. Who wants to spend forever in the kitchen when you have a hubby or munchkins to snuggle with? Make sure that everything has a place. Keep spices and pots/pans near the stove, since that is where they will be used the most. Keep things for littles within their reach. This allows them to help out whenever they can (setting the table or putting dishes away). Place things by how frequently you use them. Put items that you use more often in easy to reach places, like on the lower shelves or cabinets. Things that get used only once a month or so, store up on higher shelves.

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There is nothing worse than when crackers or cereal go stale because they were left in an open box. This is always such a bummer. We prevent this by storing all of our cereals in clear containers. I bought the Tupperware from Wal-Mart. I was able to get them for a great price, they are see through, and BPA free. I also store all of my ready made mixes in these.

I also keep a chalkboard on my fridge. This is where I write my weekly menu. I have another chalkboard on my cabinet. This is where my daily to do list goes. I am able to cross stuff off as I do it. It is a great way to keep on track with everything I want to accomplish for the day.

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I get emailed all the time, asking me how the heck I store 100 lbs of flour. Well, I use food grade  5 gallon tubs from Lowes. They are perfect for storing my beans, flour, sugar, rice, and wheat berries.I try to have at least 100 lbs. of flour, 50 lbs of brown rice, 50+ lbs of various beans, and about 25 lbs or more of wheat berries. These are great basics to have in your food storage. I get my flour and rice from Costco and my wheat berries and beans come from the lds cannery. I know if hard times came we could live off of this stuff and be ok. Being prepared is always key. We never know when those rainy days may come.

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I also recycle everything. I reuse pickle jars, mayo jars, etc. I use them to store all of our goodies. I love to think of it as "getting more for my money". Instead of buying a storage container, I can reuse something others would throw away. It is a great way to recycle. Having clear containers leaves no guessing to whats inside. I love it!

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All of my spices are above the stove. This makes it very convenient when I am cooking. I store everything in mason jars. Most of my mason jars have been purchased at thrift stores and yard sales. I use them for canning and storage. I also label everything with chalkboard labels or canning labels. Clothespins also make great bag clips. They cost under $2 for a pack. I use them for our clothesline and for making sure all of our goodies are closed up tight:)

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A few years ago we were given the freezer chest as a Christmas gift. It has become the best present ever. It saves tons of money, since we are able to stock up on items when they are at rock bottom prices. We then store our goodies in the freezer. We have a few months worth of foods stored in this freezer. Between our dry goods and this freezer, I know we could feed our family for 4-5 months....maybe more. We are always trying to increase our food storage.

Having an organized kitchen, allows my family to save money and live within our means. My kitchen is like my arsenal for thrifty living. It is how I am able to store all of our food and gadgets to help me make healthy meals for my family each night.

Now that you have seen my pantry, I would love to hear about yours! Share your storage tips below. I can't wait to hear how you all stay organized in your kitchens. If you have a kitchen you would like to share on Blissful and Domestic, send me an e-mail at blissful_and_Domestic@yahoo.com Make sure you have great pictures and I would love to have you share with everyone how you stay organized and save money in your kitchen. :) I can't wait!

Have a great day lovelies!

XO Danielle

22 comments:

  1. I love that you make the most of your space. I live in a small apartment with my five year old little man, and am looking ot clean out our craft closet and re-organize so that I can get a small freezer in there. Keep the great ideas coming!

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    1. please make sure there is air circulating openly around the whole bottom of the freezer, it gets more expensive to run if it doesnt get air circulation

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  2. I love your website. Thanks for posting everything. I'll keep coming back. :)

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  3. Love your website. :) It rocks. From money saving to homeschooling(which I will be starting next year for my 4th and 1st grader). :) Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I have learned so much from you blog. I found it on Pinterest and it has inspired me to try to get the most out of my husband's paychecks so our family of five can live happily and not stressed about money. I am ALWAYS trying to better my kitchen layout, so I absolutely love the way you have everything set up! I'm a sucker for before and after photos, but when I click to see what your kitchen was like before you guys redecorated it just redirects me to this post. Could you post the link for the entry that has the before picture, please??

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    1. Yep you can find it here below http://www.blissfulanddomestic.com/search/label/Our%20Home

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    2. Thank you!! I love the work you guys have done on your house! My husband and I are trying to save as much as we can this year so we can put it with our tax refund next year and pay cash for a tax foreclosed home to fix up so that we can get out of renting! It's an inspiration to read about how you guys saved up and paid cash for your house. Thank you for sharing!

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    3. I couldn't agree more. I love this blog and you have inspired me to do the same for my family. Thank you. God Bless

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    4. Same here, i couldn't agree more. I have found your blog so inspiring and I am really working on saving money and living better for my family also.

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    5. Same here, i couldn't agree more. I have found your blog so inspiring and I am really working on saving money and living better for my family also.

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  5. Hi, I am very interested in your page. We are trying to slowly go off the grid and be healthier. This year we are planning a garden and learnjng to can things. Our 5 year goal is to pay offoyr home and be off the grid.the problem, though your ideas are great, I have yet to find useful info from a mom that has a dairy and gluten free family tbat eats organic. Any tips? Coonvalleycorals@gmail.com

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  6. I love your kitchen.Want something like this in our new flat next year...

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  7. Hi, I am just starting to do more baking from scratch and am not sure about storage. How long does it take you to go through a 5 gallon bucket of flour? Do you need to store it in any special way, or just dump the flour in it? (I've never bought more than a 5 lb bag of flour in my life and just bought a 25 lb bag, so I need guidance!) Thanks!

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    1. A 25lb bag will last us about 1-2 months. Just depends on how much baking I am doing:>

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  8. I was wondering where you buy spices in bulk? Coscos or some other place?

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  9. For plastic bags that are a bit to slippery to use a clothes pin I use hair rubber bands. There are 3 little girls and myself all with long hair in my house so I always have an excess of rubber bands laying around. Good for when you lose a lid for a jar as well, I just put saran wrap around the lid then use a rubberband to get it to stay closed. Im not sure if you use drink mixes or spice packages but I store all my spice packages, food dye, drink mixes etc in a box on a shelf so nothing gets smashed (for example an entire thing of green food dye smashed under a container of baking powder making a huge mess all over the shelves).

    Any containers I don't reuse for food I find good use for organizing crafting supplies. Homeschooling 4 children and my love of crafting leads to a lot of organizational supplies needed. Right now we are using an old utensil holder that I was given for a pencil container, a cool whip container for crayons, a large spice jar as a knitting needle holder etc.

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  10. We use a shoe organizer to store our packets like say gravy or dressing mixes. It hangs on the back of our pantry door easily( the king with pockets not the metal kind. They can also be used for loose candy or drink mix packets. This works great and helps keep things where I can find them and see when I need to restock. I will purchase these on sale (last time I bought dressing I got 50) and then put them in top to bottom with the newest at the top and the older ones rotated to the bottom

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  11. I'm one of 6 siblings who grew up on a cattle farm. With our own beef, milk cow, and acre garden. We did the same things and still do, even those of us that live in town. When I see that I'm starting to get low on something it's always added to my stockup list. Make my own laundry soap, foaming hand soap, all kinds of mixes, anything else I can find. I have a section of the basement set up as my pantry. I belong to a fiber arts group that's great for anyone wanting to learn anything new or help with their current project.

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  12. Hello, I have been trying to post and for some reason I dont think this goes thru. I too have lived a thrifty life. My parents raised us on a contractors wage which meant you only got a pay check when there was work. I. too have adopted all these thrifty practices to take care of our family of 6. Funny growing up Mom always fed us delicous meals, tummys always full. We never new what Mom actually did on how little. In todays world of over spenders (which is so easy to fall into) I want to give kudos to you for living and teaching others there is a better way to live and be happy.

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  13. This is where I write my weekly menu. I have another chalkboard on my cabinet. This is where my daily to do list goes. I am able to cross stuff off as I do it click here . It is a great way to keep on track with everything I want to accomplish for the day.

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  14. Our family is trying to live more substantial and trying to stretch a buck. Can you suggest more ways of building a staple pantry. What do I need to build it up. I've see where you have rice and beans. Is there other items as well? Thanks, trying out you crockpot salsa chicken for the first time right now..

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  15. I am trying to build up our pantry, besides the rice and beans that you mentioned is there anything else for my pantry list. I'm trying to your crockpot salsa chicken right now. Hope it turns out good.

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