Before

Before

Stuck at home, trying to stay hydrated and rested, I started going a little stir-crazy.  So I figured it was a good time to clean out the pantry – I had a few days to work on it, and since I’m still not eating much I didn’t have to worry about having usable space to cook.

I’ve been shopping for GF staples over the last few weeks; all those bags of bulk items were slip-sliding all over the place.  High time to get that stuff in containers!  I’ve also acquired a variety of Bob’s  Red Mill baking mixes – cinnamon bread, pizza dough, cornbread, and an all-purpose GF flour.  Somehow I had to figure out a way to store them so I could see what I had.

After

After

Hardest part was disposing of the partial containers of pasta.  Pasta!  I’d already given away as much food as I could, so I didn’t feel too bad about throwing out the random servings of pasta.  Washed a zillion containers and let them dry thoroughly overnight so I could refill them with new staples.

My pantry overhaul project turned out OK, although I really only tackled three of the five shelves.  The most exciting part is that I have new rice varieties (black, mahogany, jasmine), as well as new grains (millet, buckwheat, red quinoa) to try.  The plan is to rotate through the grains and sample new recipes.

Next time I get the cleaning bug, I’ll work on those remaining shelves.  Even though the rest is mostly canned goods and bulky items like cereal, it’s good to get everything out now and then so I can wash down the shelves and see what’s been hiding in the back.  Oh, and sorry I didn’t get any true “before” photos of the bulk-bag chaos — I emptied the pantry and started pouring bags into jars before I though about documenting this little project.