The pantry or “panetiere” in French, originated in southern provincial France around the 17th century. A panetiere was a small cupboard used to store bread.
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A panetiere, circa 1750, where they stored bread-Fancy!
During the late Medieval period the panetiere, was a room within or directly off the kitchen where the bread or “pane” was kept and related food preparation done. The officer who was over the pantry was known as a pantler. The evolution of the pantry over centuries would find it repurposed and called by many names such as the buttery, butler’s pantry and china pantry.
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Pantries went mobile when in the late 1800s into the1930s, when a freestanding rendition was introduced, the Hoosier Cabinet. This is a classic American antique piece, as these were treasured kitchen storage items. If you’ve ever seen a historic home built in the 1920s or 1930s you will see that there is very little storage built in.
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One of my favorite things to do is add a small countertop in a walk-in pantry. It is a great place to store your appliances such as a mixer. If you’re pulling out several items, you can just place them on your work surface. Who says a pantry must be white?
See the pullouts on the left, these are a great way to organize your pantry & give you access to hard to miss items.
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Go all the way up! A great tip is to build your pantry all the way up. One thing I love to do is to put a bank of upper cabinets all the way at the top. This is a nice place to store party supplies, linens and those other objects that you need but don’t use often.