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The word pantry conjures up a vision of domestic idyll; ordered rows of preserves, carefully labelled cupboard essentials and generous shelf space for cooking paraphernalia. But it’s not just nostalgia that’s driving the return to favour of pantries and larder cupboards.
The rise of the home chef and baker, our weekly shopping habits, plus the trend towards low-level kitchens with few wall cupboards all contribute to the very modern need for a generous central store. And contemporary pantries; in all their guises and formats; are finding a place in country, classic and uber-modern kitchens. Here are some key points to consider when choosing the right larder or pantry for you:
Make sure your underfloor heating does not extend into your walk-in pantry you want the room to be as cool as possible.
Measure the height of the container of your favourite cereal or bottle of olive oil to ensure that items will fit and leave the correct amount of spacing between shelves.
Pocket doors that glide away into recesses at the sides of a cupboard or sliding doors are a good solution if space is tight.
Invest in storage jars in decent sizes and a labelling system to help keep track of use by dates on dry ingredients and the contents of preserves.
A larder cupboard provides the ideal storage solution for dry food essentials, as well as crockery and linens. Make room for one in your kitchen if you don?t have a separate pantry.
Choose a sturdy sack for storing potatoes, other root veg and onions. Keep in a cool, dark spot ? a north-facing room is ideal as it stays cool in the summer. Store produce in wooden racks, hessian sacks and paper bags ? they allow air to circulate and keep the food fresher for longer.
Keep your apple harvest in a traditional rack where circulating air will help keep it in peak condition. Line the shelves with newspaper before filling.
If you don't have room for a walk-in pantry, it's worth finding the space for a dedicated larder cupboard within your kitchen cabinetry. Depending on space, you might have a standard-width cupboard integrated into a run of tall units, or a freestanding design with a set of double doors opening to shelves with drawers below, including fittings to suit you.
This solid bleached-walnut larder cupboard by Teddy Edwards has full-depth drawers, step shelving for quick access, and packet racks inside the doors. Kitchens from £38,000.
Shallower shelves above deeper ones, positioned at different heights, allow you to store, see and reach different things with ease.
The bulthaup b3 larder unit in clay laminate features different-height drawers and shelves for easy access. Kitchen prices from £45,000, Kitchen Architecture
'A walk-in pantry allows you to arrange favourite ingredients at eye-level, grouped according to the dishes you like to make,' says Darren Contractor, designer at Forza. 'For example, Asian spices, oils and noodles in one section, ingredients for Mexican dishes in anotehr area, and a section for baking.'
This walk-in pantry by Chamber Furniture is a bespoke design in elm, featuring clean lines and a granite cold shelf. Kitchen prices from £40,000.