What is a Kitchen Pantry?
The word ‘Pantry’ comes from the French term, ‘paneterie’ which originates from the French word ‘pain’, meaning ‘bread.’ Traditionally, these were rooms that adjoined kitchens, used to store food, breads and meat. Today they are seeing a resurgence, but rather than hiding away foods it is more about presenting, and showcasing them in beautiful, ordered displays.
Types of Pantry
A pantry can encompass all types of spaces, from generous old-fashioned larders, to glass-fronted cabinets neatly packed with storage jars and baskets, or a few open shelves, carefully organised with jars and pots.
Functioning as a small room, the walk-in pantry is often considered the most desirable due to the sheer amount of space available which is much needed for larger families. The benefits to having more space simply means that food can be stored appropriately and efficiently, with easy access to dried, fresh and baked foods and kitchen supplies.
Often a popular choice for those who want the extra storage space but without the square-footage, the freestanding pantry is a larger kitchen cabinet which is designed to house non-perishable food items in various drawers, shelves and doors.
A wall pantry is a suitable option for those who want a more subtle solution to storing their food. Built into the wall of the kitchen, these pantries often allow for a large amount of storage capacity which can be hidden behind a set of doors that sit flush with the wall for a neat finish.
If space is tight, these pantries make clever use of storage. The sliding mechanism means that you can store food in the entire space, whilst still enabling you to access everything easily. Food is stacked on shelves that pull out of the cupboard space, and you can even incorporate rotating doors.
Creating a Functional Pantry
If you are short of space and don’t have a walk-in option, the first step is to think about where it makes the most sense to create your pantry. Establish exactly what you want to put in the space. If it is open shelves, measure the length carefully so you know what will and will not fit on top. Check you have left enough height for different sized jars before hanging your shelves.
Making use of an ingle nook or wall space that would otherwise be a blank void can create an interesting detail in a kitchen. If you want to be able to tidy away your pantry area, try using a free-standing cabinet. Our Tiko black iron cabinet works well; the glass windows reveal the beautiful storage jars and their contents, but at the same time it feels contained and tidy. If you do have the luxury of a separate space, this can not only be ideal for displaying ingredients and produce, but also as a workspace and prep area.
Suitable Storage for a Pantry
Decanting grains and pulses into storage jars, and using re-fill stores not only reduces plastic but also focuses our minds on more plant-based ingredients. There is something aspirational about a well styled pantry or larder, and with more time spent at home there is no better time to get organised and re-think spaces to make life in the kitchen more accessible and efficient. Our Deeka and Kitto recycled glass storage jars, with their air-tight seal and sustainable mango wood lids, are the perfect vessel to store dried grains and pasta. Mix and match with any existing storage jars and repurpose any glass sauce bottles for an eclectic display that keeps food air tight, extending its shelf life. Make sure you are using ingredients that you do cook with, and that they are easily accessible.
Natural baskets add interesting texture and neatly break up shelves. They are also useful for storing fruit and vegetables as well as table linens. Baskets generally work well on lower shelves, so that you can catch a glimpse of their contents. Mix with our Inkollo collection for a more utilitarian look.
Making use of hanging rails is a clever use of space. They sit beautifully in a pantry space and are perfect for storing and displaying chopping boards in different shapes and sizes, alongside dried herbs, and other hanging produce.
Our Soria boards have an attractive edged detail that adds a beautiful detail to presenting food. Marble is the perfect material for keeping cheeses and butter cool and can also provide a useful and contained area for storing condiments, oils, and ingredients.
Tips to Maximise on Storage Space
1. Start by de-cluttering your shelves and removing any food that has passed its expiration date. If still edible, be sure to research some recipes that you can use ingredients up with to avoid waste. Clean out your fridge and freezer, cupboards and shelves so you know exactly what you have available to you.
2. Decant any bulky items and condense dried foods together in storage jars. Not only does this look tidy and stylish, your food will remain air tight and last even longer.
3. If tight on space, try storing fruit and vegetables in tiered free-standing storage baskets to free up shelf space and keep food raised off the ground.
4. Utilise hooks for utensils and mugs to free up cupboard space. Our Tamba Shelf with Hooks and Hasa Cubby Shelf are designed with built-in hooks for you to store anything from aprons to mugs. For a more versatile option, use S hooks that can attach to a rail and are perfect for hanging pots, pans and chopping boards.
5. Use wire baskets to store fruit, vegetables and eggs. These are ideal if you want visibility on what you have available, and work well to stack.