How can I help pantry cabinets stay cool?


My pantry doesn't have air conditioning, and recently I noticed (using a cheap wall-mounted liquid thermostat) that the pantry itself got up to 85°f degrees (it was >100°f outdoors). I don't know what temperature it got within the cabinets, but it got high enough to melt some home-made lard.

I'm guessing the fluctuating heat in there isn't good for long-term food storage. Is there something I can do that'll magically make the cabinets cooler than the rest of the room? Maybe some kind of insulating interior liner, or a special interior paint? The cabinet doors aren't airtight.

Currently they are regular kitchen cabinetry, though I coincidentally am tearing out those cabinets and putting in home-made floor to ceiling cabinets next month (mostly so I can re-purpose the kitchen cabinets in the kitchen itself), so if the "fix" happens to require more intensive work on the cabinets, well, now's the perfect time.

(I wanted to tag this question 'pantry' but that tag...

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I built pullout pantry style storage cabinets in my laundry room because my cabinets are...

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Pantry moths may look small, but they can cause big problems in your kitchen.

My pantry has been invaded by little worms and moths that appear to have come from a bag of bird seed. What are they, and what should I do?

It sounds like your pantry has been infested with Indian meal moths, also known as pantry moths. The tiny, nearly-invisible eggs come into your house in food packages, and they can hatch into larvae which later turn into moths that wreak havoc on your foodstuffs. Indian meal moth eggs are often present in:

Bird seed Cereals and grains Flours and meals Dried fruit Pasta Candy Pet food Dried herbs Nuts Powdered milk

How To Identify Pantry Moths

If you see any of the following, you could have Indian meal moths:

Larvae in Food: Nothing’s creepier than pouring out some cereal and it starts to move! When the eggs hatch, the larvae will spin webs in the infested food. You’ll see the clumps of webbing and the little whitish worms....
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Very often being organized sounds like a simple thing. However, many of you know, that a good organization may be a difficult and sometimes impossible task.

A good organization and order in the kitchen is one of the most difficult things to achieve, because of the so many little things that need to be kept.

We often think that people who have vast kitchens have no problem with organizing all the utensils, food supply, spices, etc., but the truth is that limited storage space offers many creative solutions.

We have collected some cool small pantry ideas which will help you get everything in order.

Small pantry ideas – how to get rid of the clutter

These small pantry ideas will definitely not make your life easier. They will help you stay organized, they will help you save money, as very often people buy things that they already possess but cannot find.

Let’s see how to use your small pantry...

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The lack of space is a big issue in a lot of households, but this doesn’t mean you have to throw out some of your things. Instead of doing a big clean, you should search for new and space saving ways to store your stuff. There are a lot of cool space-saving ideas and this next one is simply genius. Your fridge is one of the largest appliances in your home and it obviously occupies a lot of space. Besides this, some unused space is generated automatically on the two sides of the fridge which is usually small and narrow. Only if something would fit in there, so you can make a use of this space too! Well, here’s a great idea: build a hide-away pantry there where you can store your food cans. Use wooden pieces to build the pantry and place in on small wheels so you can roll it out anytime from near the fridge. Place your cans on the pantry’s shelves and roll the whole structure near your fridge. Such a cool idea and very easy to make too! But more more details check out...

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4. Built-In Side-by-Side Refrigerator

What it is

: A side-by-side unit has the refrigerator on the right and the freezer on the left, with the compressor on top.

Variations: They come with and without water in the door and are typically 24 to 25 inches deep to the door; 36, 42 or 48 inches wide; and 84 inches tall. Most have a freezer that's smaller than the refrigerator. They're also available in stainless steel or panel-ready options, as well as some glass door options.

When to use: These are best for kitchens where you have ample room for one large unit on a separate wall. They typically work best on the right-hand side of a wall of cabinets or perpendicular to the work triangle, due to the refrigerator's being on the right.

People often get "built-in" and "integrated" confused. The main difference is that a built-in might be flush to the cabinets and look sleek as can be, but it won't be completely hidden. The flange along the outside of the...

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Try: swimming, having cold drinks, water guns, air conditioning and other things :)

If you can't sleep due to the heat and don't have air conditioning, try placing a large bowl of ice in front of a fan pointed at you. The moving air from the fan is cooled by the ice. This really works. Place your wrists under cold water. Very cooling to the whole body. Place a cool cloth on your neck. Place your feet in cool water. Soak in a tepid to cool bath to lower body temperature. Mist yourself with a spray bottle filled with cool water, and then fan yourself with a hand held fan. Imagine that you are cooler than you feel.

Apart from the above, you can beat the heat by eating food items that calm your body down.
The following have a wonderful cooling effect on your body.

Water melon
Citrus fruits - melon, nectarines, sweet melon

You can also have an oil massage followed by a bath. This will...

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Unfortunately, not everybody of us can boast own big apartments. So, we must use the space in flat as much as we have the opportunity. Contemporary designers have a lot of clever ideas to make your apartment cozy and multifunctional. For example, the using of pantry cabinets is very popular now.

What is a pantry cabinet?

What is a pantry? The pantry is called a room in which people usually keep such things as food, more dishes, bottles of wine or oil and spices. Very often it has a form of an additional pantry cabinet (closet).

There are many ways of using pantries in your apartments.

The most prevalent pantry nowadays is considered a corner pantry (cabinet in the corner of the kitchen) because it places in dead spaces (areas that traditionally remain empty). The corner pantry helps to clear disorder and create super organized kitchen. Such pantry is mainly used for keeping less-used items. Also it gives you additional private space in small...

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A contemporary kitchen pantry.

A pantry is a room where beverages, food, and sometimes dishes, household cleaning chemicals, linens, or provisions are stored. Food and beverage pantries serve in an ancillary capacity to the kitchen. The word "pantry" derive from the same source as the Old French term paneterie; that is from pain, the French form of the Latin panis for bread.[citation needed]

History in Europe and United States[edit]

Late Middle Ages[edit]

In a late medieval hall, there were separate rooms for the various service functions and food storage. A pantry was where bread was kept and food preparation associated with it was done. The head of the office responsible for this room was referred to as a pantler. There were similar rooms for storage of bacon and other meats (larder), alcoholic beverages (buttery) known for the "butts" of barrels stored there), and cooking (kitchen).[citation needed]

Colonial era[edit]


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ladder is a great addition to many kitchen pantries

Kitchen pantry is one of those things that can help you maintain cleanness and organization of your house. You can store food, beverages, dishes, kitchen appliances, linens and even household cleaning supplies there. You can even fit a washing machine, an iron and an ironing board there if you don’t have a dedicated laundry room. Every homeowner should consider building a pantry if they want to store their foods.

There are different kinds of pantry designs. The most practical and the most popular is a walk-in pantry. It’s a small room with different shelving units, drawers, and even a countertop. Although if a dedicated room isn’t an option you can choose a specially designed pantry cabinet that can also solve all your food storage needs. You can even occupy the space under the stairs if they are near by.

Kitchen Pantry Organization

You need to make sure your pantry organization is top notch....

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The Pantry

I dream of having a pretty and organized pantry. Especially in the fall! My new house does have a walk in pantry right off the kitchen, but it is pretty basic, just wire shelves. I’ve been looking around at inspiration photos and thought you’d have fun seeing these lovely pantries as much as I did!

I have these same baskets — I hope to get my pantry as organized as the inspiration photo! Hmmm…someday!

BHG Kitchen & Bath Ideas

I love the open shelving in this kitchen and I have no problem seeing pantry items and dishes out in the open. I like seeing “real life” so the open concept doesn’t bother me at all. But if it bothers you, I’d keep the doors on!

BHG Kitchen & Bath Ideas

This is a fairly small pantry but with the open glass doors it really makes it a feature of...

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For two years, we did our best to utilize the available space in our kitchen pantry. But eventually we had enough and moved the pantry renovation to the top of our Never Ending Honey-Do-List! Jacque came up with a plan to convert the existing pantry into a custom built-in that would fit our growing need for more functional storage. Jacque even went as far as to draw out a to-scale layout of her new pantry plan…That’s when I realized I’d better jump on board or get out of the way, cause this pantry makeover train was about to leave the station!

Thanks to two full time jobs, multiple part time jobs, an abundance of learning opportunities (aka “screwups”), and a general need for human interaction, this pantry renovation took us about two and half months to complete. But to look at the drastic difference from beginning to end, I can’t imagine the amount of money we saved doing it ourselves!

Originally, we had planned on building doors to enclose the entire pantry,...

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Many of us who live in apartments or small houses are pantry-less, which means all of those bags of rice and cans of tomatoes must find a home somewhere. We don't mind leaving small appliances on the counter, but boxes of crackers or canisters of baby munchies are another story. Here's how we stash it all in limited cabinet space.

Disclaimer: I currently have four boxes of crackers (left over from this gluten-free taste test), a box of Valentine's Day candy, and several containers of toddler snacks taking up precious counter space, so I plan to practice what I preach this afternoon.

Here are some tips that help me keep everything under control:

• 1. Lose the boxes. If something is packaged individually, then in a larger box (like instant oatmeal), take out the packets and put them in a plastic bag. Or just wrap a rubber band around them. If you use half a box of pasta, put the other half in a zip-top bag. It will take up less space and stay fresher,...

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