Kitchen Pantry is a room in an apartment where food, beverages, dishes, linens, cleaning chemicals, and provisions are stored. Pantry is finding its way back into the British and American homes as part of a resurgence of housekeeping and nesting. Today, it has become one of the most requested features in American homes even with some of these homes having large kitchens. The reason it is gradually finding its way back into the modern day homes is due to its charming and nostalgic feeling it brings to the home atmosphere.
Although, pantries can also be a room where non-perishable foods such as canned goods are stored. There are different types of pantries; they include the Asian pantry, Butler’s pantry, cold pantry, and Hoosier cabinet among others.
- Asian Pantry: The idea of the Asian Pantry is similar to that of the Hoosier cabinet, the function of the pantry is served by wooden cabinetry and this is why in Japan a kitchen cabinet is referred to as a “Mizuya Tansu” which is a term coined around cabinetry and woodworking.
- Butler’s Pantry: A butler’s pantry is also referred to as serving pantry, it is usually a utility room in a big house, primarily meant for storing serving items, rather than food. A butler’s pantry is used for counting, cleaning, and storing silver and the butler’s pantry is always under lock and key. In today’s homes, butler’s pantries are located in transitional spaces between dining rooms and kitchens and are used as staging areas for serving meals. They normally contain , and storage for candles, table linens, refrigerators, serving pieces, dishwashers, wine, tableware, and other dining room articles.
- Cold Pantry: Cold pantry is meant to store food items such as milk, butter, eggs, that are too be kept cool. The cold pantry is also called California cooler; it usually consists of a cupboard or cabinet with wooden-slat shelves to allow air to circulate. Cold pantry is the ideal place to keep food stocks that do not necessarily need to be kept refrigerated. Foods such as butter, bread, egg, cheesecake, pie, and pastries are examples of foods that are kept in a cold pantry. You can also keep vegetables, fruits, and fresh berries in the cold pantry until when they are ready for use.
- Hoosier Cabinet: The Hoosier cabinet was first developed by the Hoosier manufacturing Company in 1900 and became popular in the 1930s when they became a common sight in kitchens in the United States.
It is not out of fashion today as well to have a kitchen pantry in your apartment as it will serve as an alternative where foods can be kept and stored and that will take away some pressure on the kitchen. Thus making the kitchen less crowded and you can have enough room to keep kitchenware and other kitchen utensils.