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About Kitchen Pantries

Sep 2, 2008
The kitchen pantry provides a place to store food, and other small kitchen items. You may also find cookbooks lining a shelf or two of a typical pantry. The pantry came about in the late medieval period, when rooms were built for the specific purpose of storing specific foods. Meat was stored in a room known as the larder, alcoholic beverages were stored in the buttery, and the pantry itself was used for storing and preparing bread.

Pantries were often built on the outer edge of the home, so the room would remain cool, allowing the food to be stored at a lower temperature. Kitchen pantries were common until the mid 20th centure, when kitchens were made larger, with more storage space available.

When planning on adding a pantry to your kitchen, you should think about what it is to be used for, and the amount of space available. If you have a large space, with an extra room next to the kitchen, you could consider making it into a pantry. If you only have a small amount of space, you may be able to install a cabinet in an empty corner, to be used as a pantry. A closet near the kitchen, or a corner of the garage or basement may also be used. Consider what the pantry is to be used for. Cooler temperatures are usually better for food storage, so you will want to take the room temperature into consideration.

What Are The Different types Of Kitchen Pantries?

There are three different types of pantries; one is the Asian pantry, another one is the Hoosier cabinet and the other is the butler's pantry (aka) serving pantry.

* The kitchens in Asia traditionally have a larger and more open space than Western kitchens. Asian pantries are very similar to Hoosier cabinets in that the function was generally served by wooden cabinetry. A kitchen cabinet is called a "Mizuya Tansu" in Japan; where there is a substantial tradition around wood working and cabinetry.

* The Hoosier Cabinet were first developed by the Hoosier Manufacturing Company in New Castle, Indiana in the early 1900s and were an essential fixture in American kitchens. This storage option brings plenty of storage space, a counter for additional work space, as well as the ease and readiness of a pantry into the kitchen itself.

* The butler's pantry (aka serving pantry) is often used for cleaning and counting silver as well as storage. It is basically a utility room that is located adjacent to the wine cellar or kitchen. They contain counters, shelves and possibly tables and sinks. In a modern version of a butler's pantry, you may also find a freezer or extra refrigerator for storing perishable foods.

Kitchen pantries have proven to be a very essential part of a kitchen for storage of various foods and other goods. Especially when some foods are purchased in bulk, and the space required to store them is not otherwise available. Kitchen pantries are not only useful, they can also add to the value of your home and bring a fine aesthetic quality to it as well.
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