Friday, December 28, 2012

Pantry Inventory December 2012

Using resources wisely (time, money, food) is one area of my life that is important to me. Keeping a well-stocked pantry is one important tool toward this goal. Pantry staples, specifically geared towards your family is helpful for good kitchen management. From previous posts, my readers know that I subscribe to the Pantry Principle, which you can read about here.

Today I want to share some pictures of my pantry with my readers. We have a very large pantry in a room all by itself. The shelves are made of cedar, which will repel bugs, mold and mildew.  The shelves run from the ceiling down to the floor with the bottom shelf being extra tall for tall items, so the pantry is 8 feet high. The room is 3 feet wide by 8 feet in lengthIt can and does hold a lot of food for my family. :)

I've been busy today taking inventory on what foods I have on hand, so I thought I would share my list of foods I have in there along with some pictures with my readers. 

Here are most of the foods I have on hand in there. I didn't inventory the spices, although I do try to keep them in some sort of alphabetical order.

Canned Soup
Broccoli and Cheese – 1 can
Cheddar Cheese – 2 cans
Cream of Celery – 1 can
Chicken Noodle – 4 cans
Chicken Broccoli Cheese – 1 can
Chicken & Rice – 4 cans Family Size
Onion Soup Mix – 4 boxes
Vegetable Beef Soup – 3 cans
1 box chicken broth

Whole Tomatoes – 4 cans
Tomatoes – 3 quarts home canned
Tomatoes – 27 pints home canned
Tomatoes with Green Chilies – 2 cans
Tomato Paste – 2 small cans, 12 large cans
Tomato Sauce – 8 cans
Pizza Sauce – 3 pints home canned
Spaghetti Sauce –2 large bottles
Enchilada Sauce – 4 large cans
Green Chilies – 1 small can

Institutional Cans
Spaghetti Sauce – 1 can
Tomato Sauce – 1 can
Pineapple Tidbits – 1 can
Green Beans – 1 can

5 quarts – home canned
3 pints – home canned
3 jars

Canned Fruit
Pumpkin – 3 cans
Pear Halves – 3 cans
Apple Sauce – 4 cans
Peach Halves – 5 - 29 ounce cans
Pineapple – 2 - 20 ounce cans pineapple chunks
Cranberry sauce – 2 cans

Hominy – 1 can
Corn – 2 cans
Creamed Corn – 2 cans
Green Beans – 9 cans, 6 French
Chop Suey – 1 large can, 2 small cans, 1 water chestnuts
Peas – 8 cans, 1 small
Yams – 2 cans
Beets – 2 cans
Mixed Vegetables – 2 cans

Canned Beans
Field Peas – 1 can
Black Eyed Peas – 5 cans
Refried Beans – 2 large cans,
Chili Beans – 7 cans

Evaporated Milk – 3 cans
Sweet Condensed – 2 cans
Peanut Butter – 4 jars
Sweet Pickle Relish – 1 quart jar
Pickles – 2 jars
Beef Gravy – 1 can
Chili – 1 can

Canned Meat
Salmon – 4 cans
Tuna – 2 cans
Chicken – 3 cans
Ham – 2 cans

We also keep some food in the dishwasher since we no longer use it for dishes. It has an airtight seal, so there is no chance of any food spoilage there. Here are some pictures and a list of foods I have stored in the dishwasher. 

Instant Potatoes
2 boxes plain
1 box scalloped potatoes
2 Betty Crocker Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Spaghetti – 10 boxes
Penne Rigate - 1 bags
Macaroni – 13 boxes
Wacky Mac – 1 bag

Baking Mixes
Snicker doodle Cookie Mixes –1
Brownie Mixes- 2
Pumpkin Bread mix – 1
Chocolate Cake Mixes - 1

Knorr Rice Sides – 2 Broccoli & Cheddar

 1 pound bags – 3
5 pound bags – 1

1 pound bag – 1

Dried Beans
Soup – 3 bags
Pinto – 3 bags
Black – 1 bag
Lima – 1 bag

Orange – 2
Lime – 2

Oats – 18 ounces - 1
Popcorn 1- 2 pound bag
Bread Crumbs – 1

I don't know about you, but I enjoy looking at pictures of other peoples pantries, and I hope you've enjoyed looking at my pantry. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me in the comments section. I'll be glad to answer any questions you might have. :) 

© Belinda Richardson and Frugal Workshop, 2012.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”


  1. Looks great, Belinda. I will be eating out of our pantry and freezer these upcoming months as I battle high oil bills.

    1. Thank you, Carol. :) We will be eating out of our pantry for the next month too.

  2. Brilliant, now eat half of it before you do any shopping other than fresh fruit and veg - love Froogs in the UK

    1. Thank you, Froogs. :) Great idea, I'm working on a menu plan for January now. :)

  3. I have a confession.....I have pantry-envy!

    1. LOL...thank you, Andrea. I do love my pantry. :)

  4. Wow, that is pretty impressive. I have a small pantry to feed the five of us. But nothing to that extent! How long would you be able to make meals with what you have, and save your money for a savings account, or a home repair? I go shopping twice a month and challenge myself to use everything I have. I couldn't imagine how long I would be able to not set foot into a store with the amount of groceries you have on board. I'm in a state of shock....a good state of shock that is. WOW!

    1. Thank you, Debbie. I could probably make meals for a month with what I have on hand. Probably longer though, lol. So glad you decided to visit today. :)

  5. Impressive Belinda, wish I could be that organized with food. Dh is a very picky eater so I have a very hard time planning too far ahead because of his usual comment "I don't like that." I usually fly by the seat of my pants and it's not easy believe me.

    1. Thank you, Mary Lou. When I was married, my exdh was a picky eater. And he never ate very much. It wasn't easy and I feel for you. I know that isn't easy. :(

  6. Wow, everything looks great! I love seeing photos of people's pantries too! I always feel better when we head into the winter season (just starting really for my area) with enough on hand to not have to run to the store should a storm be on its way.

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas and great plans for ringing in the New Year!

    1. Thank you, Shara. It's so good to see you here. :) Yes, having food on hand when a storm is on the way is a good feeling!!! We did have a good Christmas and hope you did too. Happy New Year. :)

  7. Im jealous of your bulter's pantry! Some girls dream of a walk in closet.... I dream of a walk in pantry constantly!



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