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A sign that you’re the master of kitchen management is the way you make something difficult look so easy! With California Garden’s suggested tips, you can learn about cooking, organizing and cleaning your kitchen using lifesaving and money-saving hacks.

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How to give your pantry an inexpensive makeover

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When you are a working mom or simply don’t have much time on your hands, it can be tricky to keep the pantry organized
and fresh while sticking to a budget. If you’re wondering how to give your pantry an inexpensive makeover, we are
offering you a step by step guide to inspire you!

First: What are the pantry essentials?

A well-stocked pantry gathers items you use on a regular basis and want to stock away to use conveniently for cooking.
It can include:

  • Canned goods such as California Garden tuna, fava beans, hummus tahina and chickpeas which can be used as an
    affordable substitute for expensive ingredients such as chicken when you’re preparing curry for example!
  • Baking supplies such as flour, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, sugar, cornstarch and yeast.
  • Spices and seasonings such as salt, black pepper, chili pepper, cardamom, thyme, oregano, basil, dried lime,
    cinnamon and others.
  • Oils and vinegars such as ghee, olive oil, vegetable oil, red vinegar, white vinegar and apple cider vinegar.
  • Condiments such as tahini, pasta sauce, pizza sauce and others.

Step 1: Empty the pantry

First of all, you need to take everything out of the pantry and set aside. Then, using a kitchen cloth and some soapy
water, wipe the shelves from both sides to get rid of dust and possible spilled crumbles.

Step 2: Sort out pantry products

Once you’ve taken everything out and cleaned your pantry, sort the products and throw away any possible items that have
gone bad or expired.

Step 3: Organize pantry essential containers

You can find all sorts of baskets and containers at your local supermarket or thrift store without breaking the bank:

  • Medium sized baskets to store backup supplies such as rice, flour, sugar and coffee.
  • Trays to organize spices and bottles such as olive oil, vinegar and rose water.
  • Magazine racks or paper holders to store all sorts of cans easily.
  • Child friendly containers to store snacks, chips and sweets and make it easier for kids to reach them.

Step 4: Fill the pantry

Now it’s time to fill your pantry! But keep in mind the tips below to maintain a clean and organized pantry every day:

  • Keep dry ingredients such as rice, flour, sugar and coffee in clear and labeled containers so you’re able to see
    through and recognize each item easily.
  • Assess your pantry on weekly basis. Every weekend, take 10 minutes to check if all items have not yet reached
    expiry date, and if you need to purchase any item you’re out of.

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