Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Day 334 - Which Are You ?


I bet this top picture made you wonder for a second ... no it's not my secret larder stash ... both todays pictures are from Google Images, an absolute font of photos of every description :-)

I just wanted to ask you something for a change!

Which of these two images sums you up best?  Do you like a well stocked, indeed overstocked food cupboard like the one above.  With foods for every eventuality at your fingertips.


Or do you prefer the calming, almost sedateness of this lovely little store of foods, that are most likely used to compliment fresh produce that is stored in the fridge.  This photo reminds me of Nigel Slater's fridge and larder in one of his television series.

I most certainly used to be the former, with fresh foods alongside and now I feel that I have come full circle to the latter.  There's something about the lack of garish packaging that makes the second picture look better, healthier and more calming ..... although I guess you could tip your chocolate biscuits and sweeties into a jar and have them look equally at home!

I might be off to do a bit of decanting  ;-)

Today is a No Spend Day


27 comments:

  1. The second pictures which also includes our gf items. Packets and tins are secondary to our fresh items, dedpite our winter food box!

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  2. I like a well stocked pantry, we use what we buy and it helps me to create interesting meals. We're both vegan so we get through a lot of nuts, seeds, beans and lentils, all storecupboard basics.

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  3. Well stocked larder. It is nice you stock up on items that are on offer and know ypu dont have to replace them soon.
    Also if there is a zombie apocolypse you can stay hidden and avoid the walking dead. Oh no thats christmas shoppers in general, lol.

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  4. Well stocked larder. It is nice you stock up on items that are on offer and know ypu dont have to replace them soon.
    Also if there is a zombie apocolypse you can stay hidden and avoid the walking dead. Oh no thats christmas shoppers in general, lol.

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  5. Somewhere in between. I have baking stuff, pasta, rice etc in labled jars, but have tins, packets, oils, juice etc as well. Perhaps a post showing our cupboards would be interesting :)

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  6. I prefer the bottom picture. I've been able to buy much less now that all the kids have flown the nest. Shopping for 2 and meal planning is a dream now. However I do keep some niceties in for when they all visit but we try not to touch them if possible. I was sooo tempted at the weekend to start the M&S Christmas cake I've got stashed but resisted!

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  7. Between the two. I like a well stocked larder (chance would be a fine thing with my husband), but the first picture is a bit overwhelming I think, wouldn't be able to see what's lurking at the back.

    Joan (Wales)

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  8. At the moment I'm in zombie apocalypse mode as I had £50 of Co-op vouchers to use up pre beg December (came with change of insurance provider)plus some other vouchers all of which expired end of November. I didn't want to stock the freezers as am trying to eat those down pre cleaning so went for tinned stuff, bleach, loo rolls etc. Have to say though, am finding it all a bit 'intimidating.' Can't wait to eat our way through the stash and use up all the non-edibles and get back to streamlined living again!

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  9. Somewhere in between I guess. Pasta is kept in its garish packets along with sauce mixes and jars of pickles that I don't make. Biscuits are put in a large tin for freshness. Baking ingredients are also left in their packets but within plastic outer bags secured with a clip.

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  10. The second one for sure, I have to confess I have had some pretty big stock piles over the years, I can't resist a bargain, but I am changing my way of thinking, we have shops all around us on the doorstep, so I can always find a good deal/bargain or yellow stickers, so I have decided on a challenge for next year to simplify, I would rather have the money in the bank than have a mini supermarket indoors.

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  11. Definitely the streamlined version, the first picture is so intimidating it's giving me a headache!

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  12. I used to be in the first category, snapping up free or almost free items by combining coupons and sales. But I ended up with so many items I didn't use that just cluttered up my pantry. Sadly, I did not realize that I had items I would never use until they were way past the expiration dates. Broke my heart but I threw a lot of food away.

    All that to say I am now in the second category and keep only a limited number of items on hand.

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  13. Somewhere in between. I do stock up on some stuff but mostly keep oats, flour ,sugar in glass Ball jars or the ones from Ikea. I have some pantry stuff in our closet on a shelf as we don't really have a pantry in the kitchen just open stainless steel restaurant shelving. so I like to keep that tidy as we see it. Hopefully one day we can build a pantry that's closed.

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  14. I love the simplicity of the second picture and I do have a shelf in my pantry that is all glass jars similar to the ones shown. But, to be honest the rest of the pantry is more like the first picture although much better organized! We do live in W.Canada where it can get very cold and get a lot of snow. But in reality it is very rare that we wouldn't be able to get out to the grocery stores, but just often prefer to stay home where it's nice and warm and don't have to drive the icy roads. It is hard to pass up a bargain though!!

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    1. I've always wanted to know so I hope you don't mind me asking this as I've never had the opportunity to ask anyone yet but in the icy cold weather when getting to shops are difficult (similar to living out in the sticks miles from the local shop) how do you go about getting the basics or do you simply do without e.g. milk bread etc & what do you use instead if you run out?
      Many thanks

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    2. I live in Alberta. Today's high was -10C. It's never that difficult to get out. Roads are cleared (not always well, but it has to be really bad before we are told not to drive unless absolutely necessary). Snow tyres are on the majority of vehicles. Block heaters for their engines if you don't have a covered garage for them.

      So, coldest I've ever ventured out in for shopping? -30C. It was either go out for groceries or go cabin crazy with a cranky two year old.

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    3. Oh, and I think in three decades I've ran out of bread once and fresh milk? Never. There is always canned milk in the pantry. You learn to judge. I usually buy the four litre jug of milk, three loaves for a week (two in the freezer at all times)

      Fresh veg is a challenge due to cost but frozen is just as good. At a pinch everyone will eat canned fruit.

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  15. In between the two pictures but I find it very easy to lean towards the first one - it's takes discipline to not go silly sometimes and overstock - never going out without a shopping list helps keep me in check xx

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  16. My kitchen is 8ft x 4ft so there's no way I could have a giant stuffed larder!

    Living in London I'm surrounded by shops open 24-7 so there's no real need for me to stockpile food.

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  17. We're a little of both but on a much smaller scale. We don't have a larder/pantry just small kitchen cupboards & fridge freezer. They are stocked with enough food for my family but not over board. We have tins & packages etc aswell as fresh fruit & veg. We also have plastic containers for cereals, pasta & glass jars for flours to keep them fresh for longer. We have oils & a spice rack too & condiments.

    The 2nd picture is so much calmer though but for us just not reality as we use alot of tinned tomatoes and passatta sauces etc (we add herbs etc we never buy a ready made pasta sauce so its always a healthier version). We have tinned fish things like that & packages of cous cous & nuts etc. We generally eat healthy with occasional treats & are content that we have enough food in our little space for about a weeks worth of meals (we just top up the bread & milk supplies) but were not food horders by any means!

    I don't understand the xmas panic buying going over board pigging out to then complain about feeling sick sluggish & have gained weight etc! Seems strange to us. Enjoy treats but be content. Everything in moderation :)

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  18. I'm about half way between - like to have a well stocked pantry, especially over the winter when the weather can make it difficult to get out (I walk with a cane) - but - there's only me so need to go over the top. Plus, I like things to be tidy, labelled and organized - makes it much easier not to buy items that I already have and then to see them when I need some inspiration!
    I redid my baking cupboard this week (it's in a cabinet in my dining room) as I tend to buy fresh flours and spices etc. before Christmas so I am all set for some baking over the next couple of weeks.
    The important thing is to actually use up what I have on hand and I've been making a much better job of that recently.

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  19. I used to be picture number one but slowly going to number two. The main reason is that the studio i live in at the moment is too small and i cannot fit a lot into it.

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  20. I am also in between as I now use up more fresh than tinned. I have one deep shelf in my former hall coat closet reserved for food items, another for household and a third for cleaning supplies. That top picture, as crammed as it is, would make me a bit anxious if I had to deal with it. Nice post!

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  21. The top picture gives me a headache! Think I'd be worried about stuff going to waste, if I didn't keep on top of the dares. Much prefer to have less, and buy more as and when needed. I don't buy many branded products, so there are fewer savings to be made by stockpiling items on offer.

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  22. I used to be the top pic X4!! I'm ashamed to admit that when I moved from that particular house, I needed 2 wheelie bins in which to dump all the expired food :( Today, however, my food pantry looks very much like the second pic and, for me, much more economical and organized. It's now just me and the hubs but, back in the day, it was me + hubs + 4 teenagers ..... hence my formerly wasteful pantry.

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