(Step in to My.....Pantry!)
Every house should have a pantry!
Old houses always had them. They served as storage places, maybe before cabinets came on the scene.
In my own childhood memories, my paternal grandmother's pantry stands out as clear in my mind as if it were yesterday. Grandma lived in a very old farmhouse that had one of those old-fashioned iron woodstoves with a huge pipe going up the wall.
The pantry was located off the main kitchen. When one walked into it, the change in temperature was amazing. The kitchen always felt warm and cozy. The pantry was chilly to the bone. Grandma's pantry had rows of shelves all the way along both walls. It was a narrow room but still stored quite a bit.
The thing remembered most is Grandma's pies. As soon as they came out of that big monstrous oven, she'd carry them over to a pantry shelf where they probably cooled off pretty quickly. Needless to say, the pantry always smelled divine.
When we found our current house six years ago, it was thrilling to learn a pantry had been built off a hallway. It has a push-through door on hinges. There are glass panes so one can glimpse inside even before opening the door.
Glass-fronted cabinets line both sides of the long, narrow room. In the huge window at the end of the room, hangs a piece of stained glass and it reads, "Home, Sweet, Home."
Down below are wains coating doors that open up to reveal more shelving. Floors are old-fashioned wood slats.
This catch-all room is a wonderful and useful addition to the house. It's chilly in there, too, but these days, I don't make any homemade pies.(Sad but true).
Do you have a pantry in your house?
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