Spring has made a permanent visit across NOLA and Southern Louisiana, and summer can’t be far away. And with the beautiful warm weather, there are upcoming summer get-togethers, outdoor grilling, and parties with family and friends. Whether grilling outdoors or cooking inside, having a well-organized pantry makes cooking and socializing much more enjoyable and efficient.
The kitchen is “fun central” for entertaining; yet our traditional pantries are often disorganized with an array of old and outdated items filling much of the shelves. Most homeowners look inside the door, move things around, and try to find the items needed for a spring and summer meal or get together. Many times, what is needed is no longer there, and when found, it is beyond the use date. We all might even take pantry contents over to the kitchen table or counter as we look for what we thought we needed, placing everything all back again. New ways to organize are critical. It is spring! It is time to reclaim the pantry!