The holiday season is just around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s time to get your pantry in tip-top shape! A well-organized and thoroughly cleaned pantry will not only make your holiday meal prep a breeze but also help you avoid last-minute runs to the grocery store.
Empty and Assess
Start by emptying your pantry. Check for expired items and any unopened foods you won’t use. Donate non-perishables you’re unlikely to eat to a local food bank and toss anything past its prime in the green bin.
Clean and Disinfect
Wipe down all shelves, surfaces, and containers with a damp cloth or disinfecting solution. This is the foundation for a fresh start.
Categorize and Organize
Sort your pantry items into categories like canned goods, grains, spices, baking supplies, and snacks. Use clear containers, baskets, and labels to keep things organized.
Stock Up on Staples
Before the holiday rush, make sure you have baking essentials like flour, sugar, baking powder, and spices. If you like to bake, buy in bulk to avoid last-minute shortages.
Create a Baking Zone
Set up a dedicated area for your baking supplies. Keep your flour, sugar, vanilla extract, and measuring cups together for easy access during holiday baking.
Spice it Up
Check the freshness of your spices and replace any that have lost their flavour. Organize them in a spice rack for easy access.
Store Nuts and Dried Fruits
For holiday snacking and baking, ensure you have a variety of nuts, dried fruits, and chocolate chips at hand. Store them in airtight containers.
Label containers with the purchase date and content to avoid confusion. This is especially handy for spices, herbs, and grains.
Create a Shopping List
Based on your pantry assessment, create a shopping list of items you need for holiday cooking and entertaining.