I am in love with clean, and organized pantries. One day I dream of having a perfectly organized and beautifully well-stocked pantry. Next week my plan is to completely clean my kitchen and pack-up all unused items.
I also received an amazing and helpful comment on my recent blog post about Saving On Your Grocery Bill. The suggestion came from my friend Joanna, who recommends that you keep a kitchen inventory, and re-stock when you notice you run out of something from that inventory (this helps you to buy what you need, and also to avoid doubles, or even missing some things). I worked this afternoon on a pretty detailed inventory of everything we have in our kitchen, and/or need. Anything with an asterix (*) is not necessary to have stocked, but something that we will often buy if on sale. I hope this helps anyone looking to be more organized and save on groceries. Please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want my full pantry list, as I am only posting a portion of it.
My plan is to print the list each week before going grocery shopping, and circling/high-lighting whatever we need to buy on the list. I will probably need to re-stock on Dairy, Fruits/Vegetables, and Meat/Seafood the most. Other lists will only need to be restocked every few months or even annually.
All Purpose Flour
Cottage Cheese (low-fat)
Dried Pasta (Spaghetti, Ziti, Penne or Rotini)
Vinegars & Oils
Apple Cider Vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Red Wine Vinegar
Do you think having a pantry list is a good idea?