My Mostly Raw Pantry:)
Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments on my Staying Raw post earlier in the week. I really appreciate everyone who takes the time to visit my blog and leave me such kind words:)
Having a well stocked pantry is one of the things that help me stay raw. Julie you cracked me up about having pantry envy:)
Since there are still problems for me posting a comment to my own blog:), I wanted to answer a couple of questions from lovely fellow blogger, Colleen.
Colleen wanted to know "Is that all raw food?" and "Where did you get your jars?"
To answer the first question, here is a closer look at my "mostly raw" pantry.
As you can see, my pantry is actually just an old bookcase:) I have my "happy raw kitchen" set up in a small spare room. All my special equipment, like the dehydrator, and even my own little refrigerator is in this room. It is only a few steps from my "real" kitchen where the stove is..lol!
Almost everything is raw. Many of the jars have grains, sprouted and unsprouted, nuts, seeds, and spices. Most items are purchased from the bulk bins at the co-op.
Some have my own raw, dehydrated foods.
Here is a peek at some of my non-raw items.
The vegan marshmallow creme is an ingredient needed for my absolutely not raw baked vegan mallo-mars:)
Onto the second question about the jars:
The jars are all glass. Most are just the usual mason jar with 2 piece rings and seals. These are available by the case of 12 for under $10, and come in many different sizes. They can be found at supermarkets, hardware, and department stores.
The larger square jars with solid 1 piece lids are from the housewares department of stores like Target or the "W" store. I acquired them one at a time over the last few years. They run between 2 and 6 dollars each.
To label some of the square jars, I used pre-made stickers. I purchased them at the health food store I go to, and they look like they are made especially for jars.
Since the pantry has open shelves, I wanted the mason jars to look nice, so I cut a little circle of pretty paper to cover the lids. Trust me, I am not like this about the rest of the house...lol!
The papers I used are sold in the craft stores as scrap-booking paper. Since I love crafting, I happen to have a circle cutter:), so this makes it really easy to make the circles.
Some jars have part of the package the contents came in, like the cacao butter. I pre-grate the butter, and also tape on the nutrition label.
There is just a little hint of actual organization to my pantry.
The very top has some packaged things like agave, lucuma, and cocoa.
The 1st two shelves have spices and ingredients like orange and rosewater, grains, some oils, and salt.
The bottom shelves have beans and seeds and nuts, my pre-made raw foods, fruits, and odds and ends:)
Thanks for joining me today, and I hope you liked this little peek at my pantry:)
As mentioned above, I have not been able to post comments on my blog lately, so feel free to mail me if you have any questions.