HampshireCountry Kitchen, Hampshire
Double larder cupboard with drawers to the bottom. Bespoke hand-made cabinetry. Paint colours by Lewis Alderson
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Tackle the pantryWhether your dry food and ingredients are stashed in a purpose-built pantry cupboard or in kitchen units, emptying and reorganising can help save money in the long run. Put like with like, then place the tins and packets with the longest shelf life at the back of the cupboard and work forwards, so you use them in the right order and don’t end up coming upon long-expired foodstuffs. You can also make things more ergonomic by putting the ingredients used most frequently on the shelves within easiest reach.Find a professional in your area to design your bespoke kitchen storage
Everything is at the right levelA cupboard like this can be organised any number of ways to suit you and the way you cook, but a good tip is to store heavy items, such as mixers, on a shelf that’s just the right height for use, so you don’t have to stretch up or bend down to access them. Lightweight grocery items, such as sugar and flour, could be kept up high, as could items you don’t use as often. For bakers in a rush, a clever organisation tip is to keep all ingredients and decorations together in a single basket to make them easy to grab and store.
Plan around what you already haveShop smart by considering what you already have before making your shopping list. Try to come up with one or two meals based around ingredients already in your cupboard. This way, you’ll use what you have well before it expires. TIP If you’re struggling for recipe ideas, online sites can be very helpful. Many sites let you type in a few ingredients and then they’ll come up with recipes that include them.Not enough space to grow food? Be inspired by this gardener and his pocket-sized vegetable patch
Take organisation up a levelIf you loved the previous two pantry cupboards, how about this beauty? Furnished with eight generous shelves, plenty of slim storage in the doors and two large vegetable baskets, it’s an organised chef’s dream! Plus, by building it into a row of cabinets like this, it’s a neat, foldaway option for those who like to keep all their cooking ingredients close to hand, but not always on display.