One of the many things I love to watch on youtube are Pantry Tours... yes... I am literally that lame.
But you know what - I don't even care! I find it so enjoyable to see what ingredients people keep and how they store them, I love to find new food brands to check out, or just new types of food that I might want to try.. I also LOVE the organisation of it all!
Anything to do with organisation, wether that be buying new folders and covering them for school, or walking through the Ikea Tupperware department.. I literally go to heaven.
So why not do one of my own? For those people out there asking how I store my foods, and what food I keep on hand - this is for you!
First up we have my *Decorators* (literally just the things I keep to top my oatmeal and smoothie bowls with!)
These stuff are so yummy and look awesome, so really its a win-win situation.
I keep these, along with all the foods you will see, in glass mason jars. After a lot of trial and error, I can conclude that this is the best way to keep you food fresh (a.k.a not so stale that you cant bite through them - I'm looking at you goji berry!)... plastic zip lock bags, or even just pegs holding together a plastic bag just don't do the job.
Also no plastic wastage! So thats another win.
I'm not going to go through all the foods, because lets face it, you are not dumb, and this would get quuiittee boring.. but there are a few I thought I would mention, like Tiger nuts!
These little nuts are beyond awesome, and I can honestly say they are some of the yummiest things I've eaten. However, they are quite crunchy/chewy (if that is even a thing) when they are fresh. I suggest soaking them overnight in your overnight oats, or even just in water to add to a smoothie or to top your porridge with the next morning!
You can also strain them and turn it into tiger nut mylk.... or you can use the water they were soaking in and add that to your smoothie for the added nutrients... really the list is endless!
Ok, some real talk here. I hate these. Like, Im not even kidding anything to do with herbal teas or rose flavoured anything I just don't like... but they are gorgeous to look at and easy to pick off a smoothie bowl once a photo has been taken. You gotta keep that Insta game strong, and sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do (a.k.a - add rose petals, take pretty photo, bin rose petals.)
The rest of these *decorators* are pretty normal and self-explanatory, so I'll leave them here.
Ok, now onto the *cereals* (Gods gift):
Ok, so I may have forgotten to add in my coconut granola here... but thats ok, its in the next section!
So, lets be real, there is nothing more satisfying then a bowl of cereal when you are really craving one. It just seems to be one of the only foods that instantly hits the spot when your in need of your spot being hit..... that sounds a little wrong.
So lots of people know about Teff Flour, but when people see the grain form of it they seem to ignore it completely and focus on its more ground up brother. Not I!
These grains, although small, can be used a lot like chia seeds only they don't grow into balls of stickiness... I normally top my smoothies, cereals, porridge, even savory meals with these. A little sprinkle adds so many nutrients its not funny!
Although I have to admit I have not experimented around with these a lot, the lovely people at Scoop Wholefoods gave me some to test out with and I just havent had the time, so I have found some recipes I am planning on trying and will link them so you can have a go too!
Cocoa Brain Power Granola
Scoop Wholefoods did it again! As if its title wouldn't make me want it (hello, brain power in year 12 is necessary!) the taste of it!! YUM!! Buckwheat, seeds, nuts, coconut, cocoa, spices.... it is amazing! And thats coming from someone who isn't the biggest cocoa fan! If you're near Scoop anytime soon, make sure to check it out and buy some!
I kind of go through phases where I eat the same sorts of things for a while, then find a newbie and plop that in, so my pantry is always changing, but I always have a cupboard full of powders, mylks and spreads... so please let me know if you would like to see all that! As well as different fresh fruits and frozen goods.... But I might be getting too excited so I'll stop here!
Hope you found this somewhat interesting, I know I had fun writing this up and taking the photos (even if half the food ended up either on the floor or stuffed into my mouth!), and make sure to tag me with your pantry tour posts so I can check them out!
, by Ella Mander-Jones