Tuesday, March 29, 2016

FARMHOUSE BAKING PANTRY

OK, so I decided to do something special at the farm for 2nd Man for his birthday.  Now that he has seen it, I can reveal it here.  This is what I did:

We had this pantry type space in the kitchen.  It is at the end of the wall where the stove is and next to the entrance to the guest room.  It's sort of the first thing you see when you walk into the kitchen.  After we had the house cleaned up and painted, we didn't know what to do with this space.  Of course, we could have put a door on it and made it a regular pantry but we already have all the shelves in the mudroom/pantry area.  This just sort of became a space for random stuff that didn't fit elsewhere. 

I had a different vision...

Empty Pantry
The first thing I did was the weekend of cleaning up the kitchen, CLICK HERE for that post, I cleared this out too and emptied it.  I ended up with lots of empty space just waiting for something...

Bakery Sign
I found this sign at the store and it is what actually inspired me to do this.  I hung it up above the space and started to work.  I had been buying jars of different sizes in preparation for this project, went to the grocery store and got out my handy dandy label maker with some clear labels...

Baking Pantry
Behold...
The end result!


I had a dear friend make these red ticking stripe curtains to give it a more finished, and farmhouse-y look...


And also provide some hidden storage behind them...

Labeled Jars
And here are the jars.  There are currently twenty one of them...the large ones on the bottom are duplicates of what we have in town, the three things he uses the most of, all purpose flour, sugar, and bread flour...

Cracker Jars in the Pantry
Above you can see the labels on the jars a little better.  I went ahead and labeled and filled a few that I know he uses often, and then left a few empty for him to decide what else to put in there.  We have space for two more of those smaller cracker jars.

I also bought him a new Le Creuset pan he had been wanting, just to be on the safe side, LOL!  He LOVED it all and it made me happy!

UPDATE:  Click HERE for a link to cracker jars on Amazon, now I found ours at stores around town but they do sell them online.

47 comments:

  1. what a brilliant idea love it and want one :-)

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  2. That looks great! I love all the glass containers. Keeps your ingredients fresh and critters out! Especially madam spider.

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    1. Yes, that's another thing I was happy about. Should keep the furry critters out for sure. And

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    2. definitely the spider(s), ha!

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  3. Ooooooooooooooh, I also want one...

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  4. I LOVE this baking pantry - you did a fantastic job! You even made it varmit-proof with those gorgeous glass containers. What a wonderful surprise for 2nd Man - I know he loves it. And you get a side benefit - more home-baked goodies at the Farm!

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    1. Thank you much! He was very excited and yes, I always love getting him stuff for the kitchen, we he loves, because I get the end result too, ha.

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  5. Awesome Job. So neat, tidy and well organized. Looks like you might even be able to add a shallow shelf down below, behind the curtain for things that are flat or for storing extra rolls of paper towels, lids, etc.
    The perfect Bakery sign for such an area.

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    1. OOH! Great idea! Thanks. And thanks for the sweet comment!

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  6. 1st Man,

    A gorgeous baking pantry! Second Man will be surprised and very happy.
    You've had some really great ideas my friend. Can I hire you :-)

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    1. He was very surprise and loved it a lot. Thanks for the kind words. When I'm done here I might have to go on the road apparently, LOL!

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  7. Love this and all the great jars!! Such a good idea. Enjoy, Janie

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  8. Such a thoughtful loving gift. Oh course he loved it. And you.

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    1. Aww, you much me blush. Thank you!!

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  9. Very nice!
    Fancy a trip to Australia? You can organise my pantry anytime!

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    1. LOL, Australia? I'd be there if I could, ha.

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  10. All I can say is that you are darned creative. Country Living Magazine should interview you!

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    1. Thanks so much for that, it's nothing fancy just practical and hopefully pretty. :-)

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    1. thank you!!! The curtains really finish it off.

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  12. do you know how happy i would be if someone did something like this for me??? it's never going to happen. what a wonderful loving thing for you to do!!!

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    1. And you made me blush too. Thank you very much! You deserve it for all you give to others!!

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  13. So very thoughtful of you. Now you'll get biscuits every breakfast you are there. What did he do for you?

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    1. He found a great leather messenger type bag...I'll have some pics up soon. Thank you for the nice words!!

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  14. I love it and what a wonderful, thoughtful, and creative idea with that space. Wish I had someone like you!

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    1. Such a thoughtful comment, thank you much as well!!

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  15. You are so creative and it looks great!! One question, what is Panko?

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    1. Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb traditionally used as a coating for deep-fried foods such as tonkatsu. The biggest difference between panko and standard breadcrumbs is that panko is made from bread without crusts.

      Panko's crustless bread is coarsely ground into airy, large flakes that give fried foods a light, crunchy coating. The flakes tend to stay crispier longer than standard breadcrumbs because they don't absorb as much grease.

      Item is found in baking isle by the bread crumbs.
      For me, I think it's rather expensive for size of package so I make my own

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    2. Link to several different varities of Panko
      https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=Panko&tbm=shop

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    3. Thanks Colleen. I just learnt something new!

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    4. What Colleen said, ha! Yep, Panko bread crumbs, 2nd Man uses them in breading things ,toppings for mac and cheese and casseroles, etc.

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  16. Excellent gift! I'm jealous. I did buy an inexpensive cabinet for my laundry room, where I store all my cleaning supplies and such items as foil and plastic wrap and parchment paper. Having all those things organized makes me ridiculously happy. Perhaps some day I'll be able to have a carpenter build some lovely shelves in that space.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. You sound like me, I LOVE having things organized, it makes me happy too. Thanks, much love back to ya!

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  17. Where did you get the jars? They're perfect and would keep my ants out too.

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    1. Various places but all are available online. Other than the bottom large ones, the others are called 'biscuit jars'. I'll see if I can find some amazon links and update the post with them. Thanks!!

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    2. Oops, they are called CRACKER JARS. I created a link at the end of the post. Thanks again!! Let us know if you have any other questions!! Thanks!

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  18. What a wonderful gift of love! It's a joy to watch the two of you. You are such gifts to each other. <3

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    1. Tears. Thank you. Love you bunches!!!

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    1. Hey there!! Missed you!! Thanks for the comment!!

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  20. You did a fantastic job with your pantry project & the ticking curtain were the perfect touch. I have a similar looking baking pantry, but I like yours better with no door which makes it much easier to access everything you need when baking.

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    1. Thanks, I really thought about the curtains first (after the sign) and the rest fell into place. We actually thought once about putting a door on it but a door lets it just become storage (which is ok, we need lots of that) and I wanted this to be a focal point. Of course that also means we have to keep it clean now, ha. Thanks again!!

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  21. Wow, no words, just wow! You are so talented. I'm am TOTALLY pinning this!!!

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    1. Well aren't you sweet to leave such a nice comment too!! Thanks, pinning is a great compliment!

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