My Pantry

I love food. It is such a wonderful thing. I love knowing the path of my food and being able to see it. My pantry is filled with glass jars. I hunt them down at garage sales and thrift stores. Apparently here in Kamloops those fabulous huge glass jars I keep finding with the white lids are what the cafeteria food for the hospital used to come in. They would sell them at the RIH Thrift Seller for a quarter. Of course the food no longer comes in these useful containers and instead comes in plastic packaging that is thrown directly into the garbage. I loathe plastic and how ‘useful’ it is but that is another story.

My pantry is actually a series of cupboards in my kitchen and is divided up into the different meals or uses for the things contained within the jars:

Breakfast

  • Homemade Granola
  • 7 grain Organic Oatmeal
  • Honey
  • Dried Cherries
  • Dried Cranberries

Cooking

  • Organic California Brown Rice
  • Organic Rainbow Pasta
  • Quinoa (I hear you can grow this here…)
  • Couscous
  • Misc dried beans (from a lovely lady at the market)
  • Pearl Barley (from a local grainery)
  • Buckwheat (from the same grainery)
  • Wheat Germ
  • Misc jars of sea weed (some day harvested by me in our ocean but for now from the health food store)
  • Potatoes (from local growers)
  • Onions (from local growers)

Flours (I dig grains and bread so I have an excess of these things)

  • Millet
  • Organic Spelt (from a Kootenay grainery)
  • Organic Whole Wheat (from same Kootenay grainery)
  • Corn (from a very nice Mexican lady in Kelowna who brings it from back home)
  • Durum
  • Chick Pea
  • Flax seed (ground from whole into flour)

(I think that is all for flours but I could have more)

Baking

  • Organic Fair Trade Chocolate and Carob chips
  • Organic Coconut
  • Organic 6 grain flakes (wheat, rye, soy, kamut, barley and…. darn I forget)
  • White sugar (I haven’t managed this one just yet but I do try to sub for honey or stevia when ever I can)
  • Typical baking staples like powder, soda, cornstarch etc
  • Homemade vanilla extract – a bean in a jar of vodka
    (it is that simple and will last for years! Just keep topping it up)
  • 100% Canadian Maple Syrup
  • Sea Salt from the Antarctic

Specialty and Convienience Items (largely from Costco)
(Ok so I haven’t perfected the whole process and we don’t have 100% whole food on our grocery list, yet. )

  • Corn Tortilla Chips
  • Cliff Bars
  • Sesame seed granola bars (these things are amazing they are seeds and honey. That’s it)
  • Suzanne’s flat bread crackers (sometimes I make crackers it all depends on life at that point in time)
  • Flat of organic tomato sauce
  • Misc ‘Delectable Edibles’ (real, whole food, fast!)
  • Sushi makings (a fabulous treat)

Of course that doesn’t cover spices and tea which are food items in and of themselves but that is the jist of our pantry.  We keep additional potatoes in the cellar over winter.  I am constantly rethinking food and our food choices. We struggle a lot with it because of my desire to eat whole food that comes from, if not my own home, close to home.