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Pantry Organization

There is nothing like a well organized pantry! I personally think that having a well organized pantry (and refrigerator and freezer) is KEY to saving money on groceries. You can clip coupons all you want, but if the food you buy ends up getting stale and expired while hiding out in a messy pantry, those coupons are meaningless and your money is wasted.
The jars in the above picture are so great! I believe you can get them at target. I use mason jars, they are half the price of these jars, and now come with silver lids. They are so helpful in keeping food air-tight and on display. My food peers at me through the glass, giving me all kinds of ideas and inspiration to create with their contents. They can’t hide as easily when in a mason jar!
A project that I am planning on asking my now retired Dad to help me with, is hanging shelves on a very blank wall in my kitchen. I want them to hold rows of beautiful jars filled with seeds, pastas, beans, lentils, corn meal, etc. Can’t you just see them lined up so pretty with all their beautiful shades of color, creating art and storage at the same time? Ahhhhh.
Here is a photo that inspires me. The black shelves are exactly what I want, but instead of jars of cupcake sprinkles, mine would be…well, what I said above.:)
Here is the blank wall in my kitchen that I am talking about. Won’t that look nice? Won’t it? (psst…Dad… when can we start?)
Maybe, just maybe–someday–my pantry will look like this. Isn’t that just pantry heaven?
I don’t know if I will ever get into canning, but the old-fashioned part of me sure would love to! I would like join a community garden this coming summer- there is one just a block from us, which is great because our back yard is tiny and all shade. Depending on how successful our harvest will be, I just might get to experience canning! If not, maybe I’ll find a good deal on peaches and at least can those.:)

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  • Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME!
    July 11, 2010 at 4:58 am

    This post goes way back, but I just now saw it! My sister, Ana, is bringing me some jars from her Atlanta Ikea next week to help me organize my spices! This post is what I needed to inspire the rest of my pantry!
    Thank you, Amy!

  • Susan
    May 1, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Oh Amy, definitely try your hand at canning! You’ll love it. My Momma taught me several years ago how to make jam and I’ve also learned how to can pickles, banana peppers, salsa, and tomato sauce. Love going “shopping” in the pantry!

  • amy
    March 21, 2010 at 3:10 am

    OOOOO, luv those!! Bookmarked the site, thanks for sharing Sara!

  • Sara
    March 19, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I came across these jars and could not help but think of your jars.

  • Amy
    December 30, 2009 at 4:24 am

    That excites me! Do you know how? Maybe we can have a canning day together!

  • Miriam
    December 30, 2009 at 2:14 am

    We are going to attempt canning this summer! Last summer we let so much go to waste in our garden…so this summer we will can it instead!

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