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Benefits of Having a Kitchen Pantry

by: - January 11, 2017
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By Garn Todd Joseph
Website & Advertising Assistant for the Millenia Group of Companies

The pantry is essentially a special closet that serves as a storage area for foodstuffs and, or kitchen appliances. Pantries usually feature a combination of shelving as well as open space for the storage of larger containers; the exact configuration of the interior space will depend on the type of food storage that is intended for the space. Originally, a pantry was simply a cool and dark place where perishable foods such as freshly baked bread could be stored. As a matter of fact, the word pantry is believed to have originated from the French word “pan” which means bread. The concept of the pantry has now expanded from a simple bread room to an area where essentials could be stored in bulk, thus, providing many benefits to the modern kitchen.

1) The most obvious benefit of adding a kitchen pantry is additional storage space. Not only do cluttered kitchens look messy and dirty, they also make it easy to misplace cooking tools. Including this home storage option in your kitchen is a great way to make better use of available space.

2) Having a well-organized kitchen pantry will make cooking at home easier and more convenient. Have you ever settled for eating out because you were not sufficiently stocked with the necessary food items to prepare a meal? Or, have you come across certain food items after thinking you had none at home because it was not being stored in an easily accessible place? Having a pantry solves both of these problems. You have everything you need, in one place. In addition, who wouldn’t want the money saving and health benefits of cooking at home. You know what you are eating when you cook your own meals, and you save the money you would spend when eating out.

3) Having an updated kitchen with pantry adds considerable appeal to the room, and increases selling chances. The kitchen is considered by many to be the heart of the home, thus making it a critical component when considering buying a home.

If you are currently planning on building your home, remodeling, or expanding, consider taking advantage of these benefits by adding a pantry to your home design.