A well-stocked, well-ordered pantry not only means less time spent shopping, it also means you can rustle up something tasty when friends or family stop by unexpectedly.
For food safety reasons, throw out food that's past its expiration date. After that, try to keep an overview of what you have in your cupboard, so you don't end up buying things twice at the store.
- Check your cupboards and shelves at least once a month. That way you can avoid food going bad and buying things you already have. It also helps minimize the risk of attracting rodents and bugs.
- Well-run warehouses keep an inventory list of what they have in stock and what they still need to procure. Why not do the same in your kitchen? Then you can see at a glance what you have and what you need to buy.
- Dry goods such as pasta, rice, lentils, flour, jam, honey, spices, nuts, coffee and tea are all basic items to keep in your cupboard. This can be supplemented with "ready-for-any-occasion" items such as snacks, sauces and canned vegetables and fruit.
- Regularly check your cleaning supplies. Multipurpose and special detergents are always useful to have in the house.