A pantry is a cook’s prop closet.
With planning, the meal maker can always have something special tucked away to dazzle the audience, whether that’s a large gathering or just a few sleepy-eyed youngsters. Cereals, spices, fine oils, sauces and sweet surprises can become part of the repertoire.
There are no rules today for the size or shape of that stash of food staples, snacks, linens and party platters. A pantry can be a row of baskets, a freestanding cabinet, built-in custom shelves or even a separate room.
The idea is to have a plan for keeping up with everything.
“The evolution of pantry space in the home is part of the organization trend that continues to be popular,” said Jaclyn Pardini, a representative of Lowe’s home improvement. “They really want to control the chaos.”
If the goal is to control the chaos, then it makes sense that families are being more generous with kitchen storage space. They’re buying in bulk at wholesale clubs. When they come home, they need room for the goods.
See tomorrow’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more ideas.