Friday, February 10, 2017

On To The Pantry__Yikes!

Oh the horrors! The horrors!

My pantry is not a big pantry, in fact it is just a little narrow closet at the end of the kitchen hallway. It has 4 fixed shelves (standard wire rack shelving) and 2 free standing shelves underneath the last fixed shelf.  And yes, I would love to have wooden shelves instead of the wire ones, but it is not in the time budget at the moment.

I am almost horrified at the amount of food I have in there.  I am also extremely curious as to how several things got in there.  I do the majority of the shopping but I have mentioned TheHub's recreational Publix visits on his way home from work. Today I caught a glimpse of some of his handiwork.

This is a complete list of every single item in there and before you go deeper into this understand it is a terrible example of an out of control food inventory.

And yes this is a bad photo of my personal pantry. How the blazes I have so much stuff stored in this small space is beyond me.

3 cake mixes
1 brownie mix (TheHub)
3 boxes cereal
3 containers bread crumbs
1 box steel cut oats
2 boxes instant brown rice
1 lb white rice
1 box Hungry Jack mashed potatoes
9 boxes pasta (assorted)
1 bag spatzle
2 lb oatmeal
2 lb grits
3/4  lb whole fat instant milk
6 qt packs instant fat free milk
1/2 box bisquick
1 box pancake mix
4 ganola bars (TheHub)
i box assorted crackers
1/2 box oyster crackers
1/2 bag powdered stevia
1/2 bag splenda
1 carton mulling spices
8 containers crystal light (TheHub)
3 cans mandarin oranges
1 can spiced peaches (TheHub)
1 can pineapple chunks
1 can fruit cocktail (TheHub)
1 jar spiced apples
2 cans evaporated milk
4 cans coconut milk
1 can coconut cream
3 cans sweetened condensed milk
6 cans tuna
3 cans salmon
1 can manwich
3 jars red salas
2 jars green salsa
2 jars artichoke hearts
1 can hearts of palm
2 cans black olives
1 jar bean sprouts
2 jars bamboo shoots
4 cans water chestnuts
4 cans chipotle in adobo
3 cans chilis
1 jar parmesan cheese
1 qt dehydrated onion
1 qt dehydrated mushrooms
1 jar red cabbage
1 jar pimento
2 cans hot dog chili (TheHub)
2 cans green beans
1 can mushrooms
1 can black eyed peas
1 can northern beans
2 cans garbanzo beans
1 can chili beans
1 can tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
2 can petite chopped tomatoes
1 can baby corn on the cob
1 can niblet corn
1 jar roasted red and yellow peppers
4 jars spaghetti sauce
1 jar alfredo sauce
2 jars nacho cheese
2 jars kosher dills
1 jar blue cheese stuffed olives (?)
1 bottle liquid smoke
1 bottle mirin
1 bottle slaw dressing
1 bottle hot sauce
1 bottle peppered vinegar
2 bottles steak sauce
1 bottle wasabi sandwich sauce
1 bottle ketchup
1 jar whole grain mustard
8 jars assorted jams and jellies (cousin who cans)
1 jar ghee
3 jars jalapeno relish (cousin who cans)
1 bottle braggs aminos
1 bottle wing sauce
2 bottles bbq sauce
1 bottle Worcestershire sauce
1 bottle orange blossom water
1 bottle elderberry syrup
1 bottle table syrup
2 bottles maple syrup
5 bottles flavored honey
honey cream syrup
honey butter
coconut syrup
1 jar hazelnut cream (?)
1 bottle lime juice
6 assorted vinegars
3 packs rice crackers (TheHub)
1 bag veggie chips
2 bags tortilla chips (TheHub)
11 cans assorted soup (tomato, cream ofs, clam chowder) (mainly TheHub)
6 types bouillon (chicken, beef, veggie, ham, tomato and anchiote)
5 pouches cornbread mixes
1 qt chicken broth
12 individual cups apple sauce (TheHub)
7 jello pudding mixes (all cook and serve chocolate or vanilla)
6 boxes jello (assorted flavors)
9 types dried beans (pinto, butterbeans, kidney, great northern, black, red beans, lentils, navy, black eyed peas)
4 boxes sure gel
1 box unflavored gelatin
1 pouch veggie soup mix
1 box family size tea bags
5 packs microwave popcorn (TheHub)
5 packs yellow rice (TheHub)
4 pouches flavored mashed potatoes
2 pouches of pasta side dishes (TheHub)
1 jar cookie butter
1 1/2 jar peanut butter
1 pack tum yum soup mix
1 pack risotto porcini
1 jar cacao spread
1 jar cocoa nibs
2 lbs couscous
1/2 lb quinoa
1 lb barley
7 packs dried fruits (apple, mango, dates, cherries, blueberries, bananas)
2 packs raisins (regular and golden)
2 bottles juice
1/2 gallon white vinegar
2 bottles apple cider vinegar
1/2 gigantic can cocktail peanuts
4 packs seaweed chips

This is the list that never ends and it is teeming with ridiculousness.  Next up the spice cabinet and oils. 


  1. I have a pantry that's about the same size that I think is too crowded, but you've got me beat. Do you ever just google a list of ingredients to find a recipe? I think you could have fun with this list doing that.

    1. I have done it before when I have a huge pack of guava paste and didn't have a clue what to do with it.

  2. That's a lot but you do have hubs! I just looked at mine- not too bad but probably 8 cans of tomatoes and 3 big boxes of cake flour (sale) plus the regular 'stuff.' I don't use a lot of canned vegetables and soups but I have a few and I see 6 cans of tuna also. I finally gave away 3 bottles of mayo- I must have had 6 (it now is squeezable LOL) and I used up a few with cole slaw recipes. Actually I am low on flour and need to buy some before the cookie baking tomorrow.

    1. I do have TheHub who went in to work this morning to c;ear up some paperwork and just called me from Publix!

  3. I suggest you start eating it down, before the stuff gets to old to eat. It's a lot of food, but can be money saving if you don't hang onto it too long.

    1. Yep I have already decided the apricot/rosemary jam is going to be a glaze for a pork loin next week. I have a week and a half left on Whole 30 and after that I see a food storage challengs

  4. Wow! That's a LOT but it seems to me that you have the beginning of a pantry challenge for yourself! =) And I agree with Live and Learn, time to get googling! I can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

    1. It might be interesting or we could have some really weird stuff for dinner. We will find out in March. I think that is going to be my food storage challenge month.

  5. That is a full pantry. Time to start eating it down in my opinion. Time to get baking and using some of those items as side items.

    1. Yes it is. I used to love to bake but not so much now. Maybe it is time to re-love it.

  6. I have stuffed olives care of my hubby's last shopping trip. Budget killers they are!

    1. I am only guessing but I think they might have been bought for a martini, but who knows.

  7. Wow that is a weird lot o'stuff. Start eating my friend...

    1. Yeah, I am a threat to try something just because I have never tried it before. When my older 2 sons were small they thought everyone ate stuffed grape leaves or shrimp toast for lunch, then they found their friends had exotic foods like sandwiches.

  8. I thought you cleaned out and organized your pantry a few months ago. Maybe I'm thinking of someone else? Anyway, I don't have a pantry so I don't have to worry about it.


  9. I cleaned and somewhat organized it, but really didn't pay any attention to what was in there other than to organize it by food type. I was very shocked at some of the things that I have in there.

  10. I am impressed that everything fits in your space! :) And it's certainly an assortment. But would actually be a ton of fun for a pantry challenge, I think.

    1. I think it will be interesting in March when I do one.

  11. You are all set if you ever have an earthquake or something (provided you have a way of cooking) :) I know some people have at least a year's worth of food stored in their pantries, so I don't think your pantry is too full. But, if you think it is too much, you might consider donating some of it to a food pantry.

    1. We are not in an earthquake area but there is always the chance of tornados or high winds that knock out power for a protracted time. I do regularly buy food for our local food pantry, but they have pretty specific requests.