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Matilda Wheelwright - Pantry Pics

Matilda Wheelwright
Date: 2011-03-20 12:22
Subject: Pantry Pics
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We finally hung the posters and apron hook in the pantry this morning, so it is "complete". Eventually we will add a drop ceiling to cover up the beams, but that will most likely be 6+ months from now and there's no way I can wait that long to post pictures.



Wally checks out the stud walls.


See the black rocking chair in the background? That's where we are going to build the guestroom sometime in the next year.















Craig built a removable panel over the water main in case we ever need to get in to shut it off.








Beginning the shelves.








And after...















We will add the door in a few months; we had a strict budget for this project and the ceiling and the door were not in the cards.


This Seller's Cabinet was my Grandmother's. My mom told me that Nanny wanted it for months and months, and looked at it wistfully in the store window every time she walked down Main Street. My Grandfather was secretly saving up for it and surprised her with it one day. I'm so grateful to have it! It's the last thing in the pantry that needs to be organized; right now it is full of junk. It also needs a bit of refinishing. Some weekend this spring I will clean it out and decide what to store inside. The sliding table to the right of the cabinet also belonged to my grandmother. My mom had it in our kitchen growing up. We used to cover it in flour and roll out Christmas cookie dough on it every year.


The left hand side is mostly canned goods. In my old cupboard, it looked well stocked but with all of this space, it looks sparse!


Left side: boxed goodies, pasta, cereal, etc.





My wok is missing the cord. If I can't find a replacement I will have to throw it out. Stinker.



The more attractive dishes.


Paper products and cleaning supplies.





Baking shelf.


Our freezer is kind of empty right now. Mostly bread, spinach and sausage links. Lately I have been giving double batches of things to my Dad instead of freezing them (my mom is in California trying to sell their house there, and if I didn't cook for him, he would subside on cream of mushroom soup straight out of the can). Some weekend, here, I will need to have a cooking marathon to stock up again.


We do, however, have the essentials: freezy pops!


I just love the colors in this photo. I wish I had a photo of this cabinet in my Grandmother's kitchen. I'd be curious to see what she used it for.


Our next project: a vegetable garden.


Thanks for humoring my excitement! I have never had a pantry before and I am thrilled.
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Andrea
User: first_lobster
Date: 2011-03-20 17:04 (UTC)
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OMG I LOVE ALL OF IT. Especially those posters - amazing.

I would kill for this kind of storage space.
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Matilda Wheelwright
User: vertigo3l
Date: 2011-03-20 23:27 (UTC)
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Thank you! I have never had anywhere near this amount of storage space before and I am in a daze!
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Nancie
User: eicnan
Date: 2011-03-21 01:42 (UTC)
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so full of awesomesauce!
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Jessabeth R
User: momandmore
Date: 2011-03-20 19:04 (UTC)
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wow!!!! this is fantastic!!!!
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Matilda Wheelwright
User: vertigo3l
Date: 2011-03-20 23:28 (UTC)
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Thank you! I am so excited.
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Melissa
User: zeroed_in
Date: 2011-03-20 19:21 (UTC)
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This is so perfect, I'm really jealous!
I love that Seller's Cabinet. I saw one in an antique store one day and it had so many secret compartments and gizmos, every time I opened a door or discovered something else, I said, "Holy shit!" and the woman was like, "I'll sell it to ya for $3000," and I was like, "Man, this thing's cool but I don't have $3000."
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Matilda Wheelwright
User: vertigo3l
Date: 2011-03-20 23:37 (UTC)
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Thanks! I have never had this much storage space in my life and I'm in a daze. I'm so grateful to Craig for building it; if it been my project I'd still be staring in confusion at a pile of materials.

Holy moly, $3000! It must have been in way better condition than mine. I've toyed with the idea of restoring it and trying to find all of the original accessories, but after googling it I have concluded that restoring it can go on the "lottery list". It seems like it would be pretty expensive. I'm pretty shocked at how cheap the pantry was to build; but only because we didn't have to pay for labor. Phew. We would never have been able to afford it otherwise!
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Maria Belen
User: darlingmiette
Date: 2011-03-20 20:41 (UTC)
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Ahhhh! I was JUST thinking about you, darling, wondering how you were since I hadn't seen a post from you in so very long. I thought you had gotten caught up in the babymaking and the next post I'd see was a "GUESS WHAT GUYS?!" kind of post. But instead, you've been busy homemaking and OH MY GOODNESS, is it ever spectacular.

I actually got a little misty-eyed seeing your beautiful pantry, especially the gorgeous heirloom pieces from your grandmother. Your new, own space is filled with such warm memories. I love it.

I am so excited that you're sharing this home-journey with us, and with photos!! It makes my heart so so happy, especially since I won't be owning a home for another few years... it is very nice to live vicariously through you! :D

You and your husband make such a great creative team. I am also impressed by your mention of sticking to a "strict budget". I really value the idea of living within one's means/responsibly and it's so refreshing to see others practicing this.
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Matilda Wheelwright
User: vertigo3l
Date: 2011-03-20 23:49 (UTC)
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Aw, thank you for the kind words! We are loving our modest little home. There's a lot of work to be done, but we are making progress slowly slowly and enjoying every moment.

Not having a lot of money right now definitely keeps us on track. This is my husband's slowest season so we are feeling broke. We are so lucky that Craig can do all of the carpentry so that we don't have to pay for labor. Otherwise, we would never have been able to afford it! The pantry cost us under $500 so far. The door and the ceiling will be nice, but they are not necessities right now so they'll have to wait. The next project I am willing to spend money on will be the 14x16' vegetable garden in the backyard; that's one that I am super excited about.

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Mayflowermama: Canning
User: mayflowermama
Date: 2011-03-23 02:03 (UTC)
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Keyword:Canning
I never saw this post!!!!!! Beautiful....you know me and food storage! May I suggest you get a sharpie marker and date all your food. Always put the new stuff in back of the old so that it's properly rotated too. Food storage brings such peace of mind. I love that you have it!
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Matilda Wheelwright
User: vertigo3l
Date: 2011-03-23 02:14 (UTC)
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Oooh, that's a good suggestion. I have been wondering how I'm going to keep it all straight. Do you date it for the date of purchase? I also haven't quite figured out how to store large flour/sugar yet. Do you keep it in the big bags or transfer it to another container? I am so excited to finally be able to have real food storage! It really does bring peace of mind, it's a wonderful feeling.
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Mayflowermama
User: mayflowermama
Date: 2011-03-23 03:22 (UTC)
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Yes, I date it with the month and yr purchased. 3/99

I have stored sugar, flour and rice in 5 gallon food safe buckets. I have also simply put the cereal, bags of sugar and four into those clear sterite bins keeping them in their oringinal packaging. The food is protected from rodents that way too. Don't go too overboard on the sugar though as it hardens, especially if there is any dampness down there. You can also keep bags of flour in the big freezer.

I also run a dehumidifier in the summer months so the basement doesn't get that New England stinky smell. That smell transfers to flour, pasta and cereals and wrecks them.

Our church has a cannery in Worcester, MA where you can buy and can oats, sugar and dried beans for super cheap. So, I have a lot purchased in cans too.

Don't forget to get some water storage too. The whole secret to food storage is keeping it rotated and knowing what you have.

Edited at 2011-03-23 03:24 am (UTC)
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Matilda Wheelwright
User: vertigo3l
Date: 2011-03-23 16:46 (UTC)
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You have such good advice! I never knew that basement smell would transfer to food! I will definitely run the dehumidifier right outside the door.

Oooh, I wish they had a cannery like that in Maine! I would go for sure.

I also never knew you could keep flour in the freezer. How long do they last in there? Past the expiration date?

I think keeping everything fresh and rotated is going to be my biggest challenge. I am definitely going to date everything with a Sharpie this afternoon. I think that will help!

For water storage, do you just do gallon jugs?
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Mayflowermama
User: mayflowermama
Date: 2011-03-23 17:09 (UTC)
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I'm not sure how long the flour would last. I just stick it in there and it's fine! I have cake mixes in there too! I did this because I had a problem with meal moths. They are a nightmare.

As for the water, you can buy barrels for long term storage, but it still needs to be rotated. For shorter term storage, you can just buy the jugs that Poland Springs comes in. They don't keep for years and years though as the plastic is made to break down in time in an effort to help the environment.

Here's a link to water barrels although this may be much more than you want as far a s water storage.http://www.bayteccontainers.com/waterbarrels.html

In an emergency an average person would need a gallon a day. It is suggested that you have a two week supply of water per person.

Water storage guidelines:
http://providentliving.org/content/display/0,11666,7534-1-4065-1,00.html

This is a link to the food that can purchased with the prices through the LDS church. You don;t have to be a member to purchase. You just need someone like me to take you.
http://providentliving.org/content/display/0,11666,8133-1-4352-1,00.html

A couple more water links:
ww.fema.gov/plan/prepare/water
www.epa.gov/safewater/faq/emerg.html
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Mayflowermama
User: mayflowermama
Date: 2011-03-23 03:27 (UTC)
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Aother tip...don't store any food or water directly on the concrete floor. You can lay boards down kinda like a train track to keep it up off the floor. Somehow the concrete floor leaches a bad taste into the food.
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User: ottjm
Date: 2011-06-06 18:22 (UTC)
Subject: your pantry is wonderful.........
and i love the picture of your dog too. i also am a collector of pitchers so i feel we are kindred spirits as i looked at your display. enjoy your beautiful pantry and thank you for sharing.
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