A few years back when we were planning and building out the current pantry space we thought it would certainly be plenty big enough to store all our home-canned goods. Especially when compared to the original pantry space that was there when we moved in!
Yikes! This view is looking from the bathroom into the pantry space. The door into the pantry/laundry nook/bathroom is to the left, behind the wall beside the dryer.
Many of you have already seen the before and after but for those of you just joining us, here’s a recap… there was a corner closet with some shelves and then the tall green cabinet was there as well. We tore the corner closet out and replaced the subfloor with thicker plywood. (The tall green cabinet was repurposed as nest boxes for the chickens!)
We salvaged some old fence boards from the neighbors burn pile and we began putting the pantry back in order. We chose to do an L-shaped shelving system leaving plenty of space under the first shelf to store stock pots and food-grade buckets and what have-ya’s and what-for’s!
Here’s the space today…
This view is from the doorway. (The corner closet would be straight ahead towards the left.) It’s jam-packed and we’re out of room. This is definitely a good problem because that means that we’ve had a productive garden and we have the equipment we need to put it all up for winter!
What IS all that stuff you ask? Stock pots, pressure cooker, water bath canner, a crock full of fermenting pickles, a honey extractor, laundry basket full of potatoes, empty egg cartons, pots & pans hanging, food-grade buckets for flours and sugar, a chest freezer beside the laundry basket and, of course, the canned goods. There are also shelves beside the egg cartons not pictured. Those are full of dry goods such as pasta, beans and baking goods. Below those shelves are crock-pots, a food processor and an old-fashioned ice cream maker. It’s a mess! And, for someone like me, that likes everything to have a place and to be in its place you know it’s driving me nuts! Yea, yea, short-drive, I know, ha!
Here’s the real problem…
I still have lots of stuff to put up for winter… apples, tomatoes, beets, corn, lima beans and pinto beans and I’m almost out of room on my shelves!
Thankfully, the onions don’t need to go in the pantry!
We actually got a decent crop of onions this year…
The onions in the basket will be used fresh as needed. The onions in the bowl are in the process of being chopped, put into quart size freezer bags and froze for use in cooking.
This has been an awesome year for the garden. Just the right amount of rain and sunshine nourishing the veggies yet still allowing us to maintain the weeds. Well, for the most part!
We are in the process of planning to extend the pantry to the adjacent outdoor cistern ‘room’. This means enclosing the space from the outdoors, moving plumbing to put in a door and deciding what to do with the existing cisterns that fill with water every time it rains and the concrete floor. We’ve got ideas and are tossing them around but, it will take us a while to decide exactly what we want and how we want the space to work. Then, there’s the funds and supplies needed to get it done. Maybe by this time next year we’ll have a space large enough to store all our modern-day homesteading goodies. A good problem indeed!
Till next time you’ll see me knee-deep in apples-n-such!