Pantry storage for any space

Food is expensive, and these days individuals and families alike have to look for ways to get the most value for their grocery dollar. A pantry facilitates more economical eating in a number of ways.

A pantry allows you the storage space to take advantage of both volume and discount deals at your grocery store. Larger packages of non-perishable food items are almost always a better buy -- they don't call it economy size for nothing. And when peanut butter is on sale for half off, that space on your pantry shelf means you can buy five jars instead of one, meaning you'll be eating those savings for months.

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Also, a pantry is the perfect place to store countless ingredients for cooking and baking foods from scratch, ingredients that you might not otherwise have room for, and making your own food is often healthier and tastier as well as cheaper.

Organizing Your Food Pantry

A pantry organizer can help you make the most of your extra food-storage space by providing a system of additional shelves, drawers, compartments and containers. Those who aren't among the lucky ones whose homes come with built-in or walk-in pantries can turn to a free-standing pantry, which is essentially a giant shelving unit with various compartments, and sometimes cabinet doors.

If you're looking to save a little money with a DIY pantry, it could not be easier -- any substantial shelving unit will do; or, if you have a spare closet you'd like to convert, the right closet organizer would work to simulate pantry storage. Even tall, deep book shelves can serve quite well as a pantry.

Be Part of the Root Cellar Revival

Root cellars were once as common as refrigerators are now. They were a necessity in much of the North American climate because they were the only way to preserve enough beets, potatoes, carrots, parsnips and other root vegetables -- hence, the name -- to last through the winter.

Like wine cellars, a root cellar is essentially a cold underground room. These days, people are digging out their very own new root cellars, or making them by simply putting up walls in a cold corner of their basement.