Mega List of Surprising Pantry Items


Quick - name five things you wouldn't expect to find in a kitchen pantry!  1...2...3... your time is up! If you think a pantry is only for food, boy are you wrong! Here is our mega list of surprising things that can go into a pantry.

What items go in a pantry? Canned, dried, packaged and boxed food goes in a pantry. Any small appliances or equipment used in the preparation of food can be stored in a pantry.

What do you put in a pantry? This is the human side of what goes in a pantry, if we can get away with it, we're going to put it in there. You might be a pantry rule breaker, or simply in your house, anything goes.

In this mega list, we include all kinds of common and uncommon items that find their way into a kitchen pantry. If you have one to add to the list, leave a comment at the end!

The Common (and Uncommon) List of Things to Put Into a Pantry

  • Aprons
  • Bags (shopping bags, plastic bags, etc.)
  • Baskets
  • Beverages (water, juice, pop)
  • Candy and other goodies (especially when hiding them from the family)
  • Charging center, cell phones
  • Cleaning items: broom, mop, supplies
  • Conversion/substitution chart
  • Cookbooks
  • Cookware, dishware, serving trays
  • Emergency items: lightbulbs, candles, matches, water
    bottles, batteries, flashlights
  • Family schedules/calendar
  • Fly swatter
  • Food: dry, bulk
  • Freezer*
  • Garbage can, garbage bags
  • Grocery list
  • Home security system
  • Hooks to hang things
  • Inventory list
  • Ironing board
  • Linens, tableclothes
  • Lunch bags
  • Office space/printer
  • Paper products
  • Pet food, feeding center, pet supplies
  • Presents (surprises, Christmas, holiday, birthday, etc.)
  • Recycling Center
  • Refrigerator*
  • Scissors/box cutter for opening packages
  • Seasonal items
  • Silverware and china
  • Small kitchen appliances: slow-cookers, blenders, etc.
  • Step-stool
  • Stools, extra chairs
  • Table leaves
  • Toys, baby equipment
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Vitamins/meds
  • Water dispenser/cooler
  • Wine/alcohol/wine cooler*
  • Yardsticks

*Heat from appliances can build in enclosed rooms and should adhere to safety guidelines and have adequate electrical supplies.

This delightfully mixed pantry shares a home with its eccentric space.

This delightfully mixed pantry shares a home with its eccentric space.

Special additions to pantries

Counter space located directly inside a pantry provides a place to
set grocery bags down.

Large appliances like refrigerators, freezers, and wine coolers support the main kitchen area.

Secondary sinks can take the pressure off the kitchen and keep dirty dishes out of site.

Over to you!

What surprising items do you keep in your kitchen pantry? Who knows, maybe you have started a new pantry trend. Share your comments below!

About the author 

Renee Matt

Renee is a former kitchen designer, home remodeling enthusiast (having lived through several DIY projects), and an Iowa farmwife. Renee is passionate about preparedness, garden skills, and knowing where her food comes from. She uses her technical background and expertise to bring the Everything Pantry website to life.

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