Before kitchens had refrigerators and freezers, the pantry (and related rooms like the “larder” or “buttery”) was an essential storage room for all kinds of foods, from breads and spices to milk, vegetables and meat. Modern cold storage didn’t exactly render the pantry obsolete, but it did shrink it; while some homes have separate rooms off the kitchen for dry goods, most just have cupboards and cabinets. In either case, having the infrastructure to organize and keep track what’s in there is still essential — especially if you plan to raid it in the middle of the night and come away with something good to eat. So whether your pantry is a separate room or small cupboard, these storage essentials will help you organize and preserve what’s inside.
Storing dry goods is a pantry’s number-one responsibility, and there’s nothing more pragmatic than these Oxo Pop Containers. To conserve space, they stack on top of each other. To prevent food from going stale, they seal up airtight with the press of a button. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, each with an angular corner so pouring cereal won’t be a test in patience and precision.
Whether you’re preserving summer fruit for winter or saving small servings of oatmeal, you can rely on Weck tulip jars. They’re simple to use and instantly form an airtight seal when closed. On top of that, canning jars add a vintage quality to any pantry.
Best Spice Rack
Williams Sonoma Brushed Stainless-Steel Spice Rack
With this stainless steel spice rack, you can neatly organize up to 20 canisters of spices, and easily access them with the carousel function. The spice rack includes 24 clear adhesive labels, 20 of which are preprinted with spice names and four of which are blank to be filled by you.
These "pantry bins" are good for more than just pantry items. But they do a damn good job of keeping your pantry essentials neatly organized and easy to reach. We like that they're stackable and clear, and we also appreciate the open design so anyone can sneak a snack or two without moving everything around.
Made of renewable rattan, these bins are both beautiful, durable and modular. If you get the smaller bins in this collection, you can stack a pair on top of the larger ones. The smaller ones make a great place to store fresh produce, but they're good for pretty much everything.
Acting as a chandelier for your pantry’s ceiling, this rack is both visually appealing and functional. It holds up to 100 pounds of cookware and, since it’s made of copper, will align with your pantry’s rustic aesthetic.
When building the perfect bar cart, start with the actual bar cart. This one has a glass-inset top, is finished in polished nickel, and has four racks to hold your bourbon, scotch and gin. Also, it can be rolled out of the pantry whenever the party comes home with you.
In most pantries, space is limited. This rack will give any pantry extra space by turning a door into a cabinet. It’s made of powder-coated steel, stretches five feet down, and includes six shelves that are strong enough to hold canned goods, pastas and other dry goods.
These industrial shelves were originally meant to be used in restaurant kitchens. Made of chrome-plated solid steel, they’re also ideal for home pantries. The set comes with five shelves, each capable of holding 600 pounds. Oh, and they won’t collect any dust.
It’s always news to Americans when we find out we don’t need to refrigerate something. It turns out butter doesn’t need to go the big cold box (unless you’re storing large quantities of it). This crock keeps better fresh and highly spreadable for your morning toast.
This aluminum step ladder weighs just seven pounds, featuring three steps with an extra-large top platform for stability. It has a built-in project top, which can be used to store tools and hardware — or the extra pantry items you're trying to store way up top.
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Tyler ChinTyler Chin is Gear Patrol’s Associate Staff Writer.
Tucker BoweStaff WriterTucker Bowe has been on Gear Patrol's editorial team since 2014.
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