The Wandering Monk and I (mostly the Monk, as usual) are building a pantry.
We started this morning. It was good to see the Monk again; he’s doing much better this season than the last time the days got short and dark.
For the last few years most of my food — bulk, freeze-dried, and otherwise — along with related equipment, has been wedged onto two bakers’ racks and a small bookcase at the back of the sunroom, hidden from street view by a shoji screen.
The 7 x 2.5-foot space was crammed full. It held a lot, but so much stuff was on top of stuff or underneath stuff or behind stuff that it was hard to get at or even to remember where to look when a specific item was needed.
Finally, that space will become an official pantry. With doors and everything! Whoohoo. And double the shelf space, plus a goodly amount of floor storage for larger items.
We’re using a design adapted from one Commentariat member Pat created (thanks, Pat). I’m sure I’ll have pix as we go. But here’s the only pic for now — not of the pantry-to-be, but of about 2/3 of what used to be in the un-pantry. It’s currently heaped on every available spot in the kitchen and sunroom.
The other 1/3 is teetering and leaning all over my previously tidy living room.
My preps are far from comprehensive and they’re for one person, not a whole family. I assume (and hope) you folks with larger food storage requirements have garages, basements, storage sheds, spare rooms, bunkers, or cleverly concealed spaces between your walls.
Me, I’ve got 7 x 2.5 feet at the back of the sunroom. I don’t even have a full compliment of cabinets in my kitchen to handle the overflow, just drawers and a few open shelves on a single wall. But thanks to the Monk, in a few days I’ll be making the most of that sunroom space.
We estimate 2.5 days for his part of the construction and a day or so for me to caulk and paint. Until then, no cooking, no elaborate food prep of any kind. Fine dining will consist of squeezing EZ-heat items through the tiny space left in front of the microwave door.
I’ll be sooooooo looking forward to getting all those goods and goodies off tables, counters, and floors, and having the opportunity to organize everything properly.
More later, but for the next few days, blogging will be catch-as-catch-can.