Stocking A Pantry With Container Items

Stocking A Pantry With Container Items

Stocking A Pantry With Container Items: There is no right way or wrong way to stock a pantry. This is just a post to share how I went about stocking my pantry. The items have grown over the years and as the pantry cupboard in my new kitchen is going to be quite narrow I have put all of my items into lock and go containers. These work really well. You can also see that I am a bit obsessed and everything in my kitchen is labelled!

Flour - Stocking A Pantry With Container Items

Flour is a basic ingredient needed in any pantry. You do not need to go overboard with a lot of different flours but I would recommend ordinary cake flour and self-raising for baking, bread flour for bread making and cornflour as a thickener. As you can see, I have 9 different types of flour!


Next in my pantry is a collection of seeds. These are essential for the granola which I make every week. Pumpkin seeds are a worthwhile buy as they can be used toasted in soups, and for breads. Beans and lentils make up the next section. I also love to sprout my own sprouts and beans and lentils are a cost efficient way of bulking your meals.

Beans and Lentils
Beans and Lentils

Rice is another house hold staple and you need to stock at least white rice and either jasmine or basmati rice for curries in my opinion. Personally, I prefer brown and wild rice for my casseroles.


Sugar is next on the list. You will need granulated (white or brown) sugar and icing sugar at the very least in your pantry. As I do not use sugar I have fructose in my pantry. If you are going to replace sugar in your diet I would recommend you buy fructose over any other product.

Sugar and Fructose
Sugar and Fructose

Pasta features heavily in my kitchen – the container marked spaghetti contains three different types of long pasta. I also always have a lot of pasta shapes and keep a few packets in the cupboard. Once opened I place the pasta into the container. These last a long time in my house as I prefer to make pasta from scratch when ever possible.


For salad making and side dishes, we use quinoa the most often, and cous cous for variations. I also keep maize meal for pap as well as bulgar wheat for one of the bread recipes I use.

Quinoa, Cous Cous, Maize and Bulgar Stocking A Pantry With Container Items
Quinoa, Cous Cous, Maize and Bulgar

My muesli container is for the little bit of granola I keep at home. Mixed nuts, dried fruit, rolled oats and desiccated coconut all go into making it. Rolled oats are a breakfast must! Dave makes them with a dash of whisky and cream or butter!

Granola Ingredients
Granola Ingredients

Then I have my snack containers. I have recently added popcorn to this list which is a great snack in my opinion. The crumpet mix is for a quick afternoon treat and I have matza nearly every day with peanut butter and cheese. Dave and I have cheese on crackers every night after dinner.

Snacks Stocking A Pantry With Container Items

I will follow up this post with what I keep in my pantry cupboard in the near future. If you would like to show me what is in your pantry please link back to this post and I will create a link love list.

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46 thoughts on “Stocking A Pantry With Container Items

  1. Hi Tandy

    How did you do your labels ? Do you have one of those machines ?
    Also wasn’t it costly to get all those containers ? I find then very expensive to buy – even at Plastic Warehouse

    I really enjoy your blog – Thanks for all the useful info


    1. HI Liesl, I have a labelling machine which has been one of my best buys! I sell the containers so I got them at a very good price #luckyme. Thank you so much for the compliment and the visit 🙂

  2. Oh mine, Tandy! I’m fully impressed! I just have drawers and cabinets overstocked with things and their plastic clips…And that labeling! 🙂 ela

  3. I also have all my food stuffs in containers, the majority of mine are Tupperware which I have had for years as I have always been a Tupperware fan. I also have a few of these type of containers as I like the square type they fit nicely in cupboards rather than round. Mine are also labeled, so you are not that obsessed, that is unless we both are.Ah Ah.

  4. I love that all the containers match. And you have a ton of flour. Like wow. 😀 Can you do a fridge post too?

    1. I have more flour than what I showed here – some if it is in the fridge! I shall do a fridge post with pleasure 🙂

  5. I love everything to match and be organised like you Tandy. I use Tupperware just because I have so much of it but unfortunately mine don’t all have the same coloured lids. I was just saying to my aunt and mom this weekend how I would love to change all the lids to white. Sadly not going to happen though.
    Have a super day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    1. It is a pity that you cannot just buy the lids! I used to have Tupperware but the lids got all sticky and so I changed to the lock and go 🙂

  6. very neat. Are you having a walk in pantry put in? We did that with our new kitchen earlier this year. It’s brilliant, don’t think I’ll ever have a kitchen without one ever again

    1. I wish I could! We are having a very flat pantry against the one wall in the scullery. Once it is in I will take some photos 🙂

  7. Wow, the container guy made a fortune at your house! I have similar items but lined up in an assortment of odd glass jars.

  8. That looks so awesome Tandy! I am inspired 🙂 I thought I was doing well bagging my open packets into clear bags and tying a knot in the top, then trying to keep grains and pulses on one side of the cupboard, and baking stuff on the other side, with everything else in between 😀

    The only semi-organised box I have is my cake decorating stuff in my Caboodle, which was my make-up case as a teen in the 90s… That was inspired by the Celebrity Bake Stars Event at Nitida – where they made baking seem so glamorous, I had to up my game.

  9. Tandy, you have the most organised pantry in the universe!! Anyone could come in and find whatever they needed. Good on you! I have miscellaneous bags and boxes and tins in multiple different rooms in the house! 😀

  10. Yay… It’s not just me that finds pantry storage fabulous. I am OCD with the way things are to be stored in my pantry. Just like you, many pretty containers all with sticky labels too. Just beautiful. Ha! Yep, I reckon that’s beautiful. 🙂
    Wishing you a wonderful day.

  11. Wow, no wonder you enjoy cooking so much! I think I’d be in the kitchen a lot more if we had more space and I had containers like that 🙂 Cooking in a clean and organised kitchen is a must!!

  12. Hehe!! My pantry is starting to look the same although my flour is kept in a 10kg tub and the sugar a 5 kg one 🙂 …and here I was thinking I had obsessive compulsive tendencies, you have made me feel very normal. Love the look of the bread too YUM!

  13. Love this post & you most certainly are not obsessive–I am the very same, I have to be totally organized — if not I can’t function

    1. Hi Sam, I cannot see a website in America that sells these which would mean shipping them in from the UK. They are Addis Clip and Close, or Lock and Go, containers. I hope that you can find something similar where you live. Thanks for the visit 🙂

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