When it comes to kitchens, I have to admit that I am bit of a voyeur. I love seeing what other people conceal behind pantry doors. Seriously, I can’t help it, the allure of spices and non-perishables leaves me oh so curious. Paprika, cinnamon and sugar, oh my! But don’t get me wrong: I would never actually snoop in other people’s pantries … really. That’s a bit much.
It’s that sense of curiosity that keeps me going back week after week to check out Other People’s Pantry on The Perfect Pantry. I’ve gleaned great organizing ideas and tips from the weekly posts, which showcase pantries from all over the world. It’s also wildly interesting to see how a pantry in Brazil differs from one in Ohio.
Anyway, a little while back, I noticed that Lydia, who writes The Perfect Pantry, was looking for more pantries to feature. Since I had recently gotten control of my pantry with some new organizing tools, it seemed like the perfect time to share mine, so I sent her a note. Next thing you know, I was sending photos and descriptions over.
That was about a month ago … my pantry appeared this weekend. It was really exciting to see how my ideas resonated with others.
So, speaking of my pantry, I was thinking about the things that I just cannot live without in my pantry. There are some ingredients that are just musts for me. So, I figured I would share my top 10 must haves. Of course, I made a few self-imposed rules: I limited this list to items with a longer shelf life (so potatoes, onions, garlic and the like were out). And I let myself lump together a few like-items (flours, sugars, etc).
But, being the kitchen voyeur I am, I want to know what yours are too! Share your top 10 must have pantry items in the comments! I can’t wait to hear about the things you love.
- Salts – Kosher and sea salt
- Paprika – Hungarian sweet and Spanish smoked
- Sugars – light brown sugar, granulated sugar and confectioner’s sugar
- Flours – whole wheat flour and unbleached all purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Pasta in a few different shapes
- Balsamic vinegar
- Good red wine
- Peanut Butter & Co Peanut Butter (my fav is The Bees Knees)
- Extra virgin olive oil
So, what are your 10?