You got the behind-the-scenes tour of Abigail's pantry so now it's time to creep my kitchen cupboards! I know, you're just dying to see more of this 80's-inspired, poorly-lit, jaundiced kitchen of ours.
During the spring, we took the plunge and purged all our junk in an effort to build a healthy pantry. We shared our best tips, storage solutions and strategies in this blog post. I'm happy to report, the pantry more or less looks the same, minus the spilled quinoa I had to clean up before this photoshoot.
On the top shelves of our main pantry, we have most of our bulk items like flours, oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruit.
Our canned goods usually include corn, pineapple, coconut milk, tuna as well as beans and lentils (when we don't feel like cooking up a batch). The canned cat food is also stored directly below this shelf. We have yet to consume cat food by accident.
Some new additions I'm super excited to use include acai powder and culinary-grade matcha green tea from Encha Life (keep an eye out for recipes!). This next shelf is at eye-level and houses our more common ingredients for baking and smoothies, such as hemp seeds, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, and quinoa.
The less frequently used items are stored on the lower shelves. Typically, there will be brown rice pastas, dry beans and overstock. We also still have white refined sugar we never use and brown sugar that is probably rock solid.
All our dried herbs and spices live near the stove and not pictured is our collection of oils and vinegars. Our favourites are coconut oil, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar and tamari.
Then of course, tea and booze. My go-to teas are usually fruit blends such as MIYU's, and some awesome tummy-tamers by The Honest Leaf. The Mischief gin we picked up from Seattle is my absolute favourite with strong botanical undertones.
The "see no junk, eat no junk" mantra has really held up in this household. Only now as I'm writing this, am I remembering our Fuzzy Peaches from June, still sitting in the back of a bottom shelf. I witnessed John fail in a deliberate snack search because he couldn't see the candies from his height (it's okay, you can laugh with me).
We're not perfect. We will almost certainly devour whatever's in our path. The key is trying to keep this path as clear as possible.
We'd love to get a glimpse into your pantry! Share your staples in the comments below or tag your pantry pics on Instagram using #thatcleanlife!