Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My Whole Foods Pantry



Last week I cleaned out and organized my pantry.  It was a total wreck and a pantry cleanse was long over due.  It's been about a year and a half since my kids were diagnosed with their allergies and I transitioned our family to a whole foods diet.  I've cleaned out my pantry quite a few times since then but I hadn't gotten it organized to my satisfaction.  Since last week, I have been in heaven using my newly organized pantry.  It makes all the difference when you can see the inventory you have and find what you are looking for.
Since my pantry is in such good order right now (and who knows how long that will last) I thought I would share with you what I keep in there.  It's kind of like a low rent version of cribs. Is that show still on?  Anyway, here's what my pantry looked like last week.  I couldn't even really walk in there.


This doesn't exactly scream "tranquil cooking environment" does it?

Here's the after.  So. much. better.



Now I can actually see what I have, or what I may be running out of, more importantly.

So what are my pantry basics? I've broken them down by section below.

Nuts and Seeds



This is probably my favorite section of the pantry.  I find myself reaching into this area the most. Probably multiple times a day.  The nuts get eaten plain, added to treats, made into nut butters or used in sauces.  We also make milk out of the almonds and cashews. Right now I’ve got cashews, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts and macadamia nuts. Oh, and shredded coconut of course.
I’ve also got pumpkin, chia, sunflower, flax and hemp seeds.  Seeds are also great bases for sauces and raw crackers.  I like to use hemp, flax and chia as thickeners in our dishes.  I’ll blend them into anything to increase nutrition as well!

Grains and Beans



My stash of whole grains is pretty small. I keep spelt (for spouting), buckwheat, millet and quinoa on hand.  Ok, so quinoa is a seed technically but I keep it with my grains since that’s how I use it.  I’ve also got some organic corn for occasional popping.  I’ve got plenty of rice too.  We eat a fair amount of that so it actually has it’s own corner now.
I’m a huge fan of beans so I like to keep lots of different kinds on hand.  My favorites are lentils, black beans, navy beans, chickpeas and adzuki beans.

Flours



My husband is a huge fan of baked goods so I like to keep a selection of gluten free flours on hand.  We used almond flour the most but I also like coconut, teff, chickpea, brown rice (which I make) and millet.  I’ve also got a selection of starches for thickening.

Baking



I call this my baking shelf because most of the things on the shelf get used for sweets- even if they aren’t baked.  I keep my cacao and dried fruit here (like dates) along with my beloved coconut oil. I've also got a couple different types of seaweed for sushi, smoothies and cooking beans.  Oh, and there's sugar for kombucha making too!

Tea and Herbs



I make my own herbal teas and I’m starting to make tinctures and salves so I have a collection of herbs.  They make the pantry smell fabulous!  I also keep a couple types of tea on hand for my kombucha brewing.

Pasta



We don’t eat a ton of pasta but when we do it is gluten free.  I don’t have time to make the fresh stuff on a daily basis so I like to keep a couple packages in the pantry.  Right now I have a TON of pasta because I took a trip to the asian market.  They have an awesome selection of rice pasta and mung bean pasta at a fraction of the cost.

Packaged Goods



This where I keep my extra packaged goods (you know the ones I keep for the apocalypse).  I’ve got extra oils, tuna, some canned beans and pumpkin here. 

My Home Canned Items



So far I only can tomatoes, tomato sauce and jam.  These take up a lot of space in my pantry but they last throughout the year and save me a ton of money.  Plus I get to control what goes in them and make sure they are chemical free!

Crackers and Junk



Yep, I’ve got a shelf of that.  I keep some store bought crackers on hand for when I run out of the homemade ones.  I also have rice cakes, which my kids love to top with almond butter.  Our junk consists of some tortilla chips and some chocolate.  Sometimes (most times if you're my husband) you need chocolate.

So those are the main sections of my newly organized pantry.  I’ve also got a space for paper goods and bulk items (like my gallon of coconut and olive oils) and large serving dishes.

Our “pantry” also extends to our countertop where I keep oats, short grain brown rice and chickpeas since I used these the most.  I also keep our homemade snacks on the counter in glass jars so the kids can see what’s available.  Usually we’ve got raw flax crackers and grain free granola.  The other jars rotate between raw snack bars, cookies or seasoned nuts.

It feels good to have a clean, organized pantry!

This post is shared at Monday Mania, Homestead Barnhop, Whole Foods Wednesday, Real Food Wednesdays, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Super Link Party, Simple Lives ThursdayFight Back FridayPennywise Platter Thursday, and Keep It Real Thursdays.

7 comments:

  1. Love peering into your stash! I'm trying to figure out my stash at the moment and how to afford it! We're trying to do grain free, so I'm attempting to figure out snacks and quick meals for that. :)


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    1. Thanks Jasanna, grain free can be pricy and it's hard to find good whole food options in the grocery stores. I like to make my own crackers and granola and freezer meals are awesome for those times you need a quick meal!

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  2. You have a GREAT pantry! And yes I am talking about your space but mostly what you have stocked it full of... natural & organic ingredients... YAY!

    I would love for you to share this post (and others as they fit) to Healthy 2day Wednesdays each week Tues at 11pm EST until Saturday evening!

    You have some great info here on your blog, glad I found you! Do you have a facebook page??

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the post Rachel! I'll stop by and share my next post. My facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/TheSpinachSpot. I'd love it if you stopped by there as well :) I've got a button at the top right of my blog that you can click too!

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  3. Wow, so inspiring! I was wondering if you have a recipe for the tomato sauce that you can on the photo? We cook a lot of pasta and I always want to use fresh tomatoes but it's not always practical to cook them from scratch. Would love to learn how you do yours, and how they stay good for a longer time.

    Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Jenny, the tomato sauce recipe is actually on my list of things to blog about! Tomatoes will be in season soon so you won't have to wait long :)

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