The Pantry Tour

April 26, 2017

It’s official, the doors to my pantry have been opened and I’m really excited to share my shelves with you today! This is the first of several resource pages I will be publishing over the next few months. Thanks to all of your wonderful support in my previous post on the changes being made here on my site, I was able to apply myself to this project with such passion and care. I hope you find this resource page useful in some way, whether you are a whole foods veteran or newly getting yourself familiar with plant based ingredients. Also note this is not meant to display what a pantry should or should not look like, it is simply just my own! I will be updating it regularly when things change on my shelves, and will try to make mention of this when it happens in my posts here as well.

You can view my pantry page here, and can always get there by clicking through to it on my sidebar where you see the banner image “Inside My Pantry”. To compliment the pantry list I thought I would include in my post here some tips on embarking on a whole foods pantry makeover – for those in need of a few. I also included some life updates at the bottom to keep things real and present here with you! I hope you enjoy it all tons, and let me know what you think, I value your feedback and want to do what helps you the most!


TIPS ON BUILDING A WHOLE FOODS PANTRY

  1. Clean house. This means pulling out everything that is considered to be a pantry item, setting it on your countertops and floors, and sifting through the goods. Expired? Compost what food you can, recycle what packaging you can, and toss the rest. Does it have high fructose corn syrup? Loaded with preservatives? More than five ingredients you can’t pronounce? Time for it to go too. Start a donation bag for all of the goods that aren’t expired but that you want to cleanse from your shelves. This can include items you bought but will never use, and are taking up precious space on your shelves – clogging your mind when you stare into the food abyss trying to decipher what to eat. Out of date spices, and white flours/pastas get the boot. Think what you eat is what your cells are made up of, so only keep what you wish your body to be built upon.
  2. Now that your inventory is cleansed, choose what categories you’d like to organize your food in and do so with your available shelf space. Check for holes, there inevitably will be some after “cleaning house”. Start a master list of the items you’d love in order to build your dream pantry – maybe using some inspiration from mine here. Pin up that master list somewhere in your kitchen. Add things to it when you think of them, and use it as a guideline for when you grocery shop.
  3. Second to the master list will be your list for today. What food do you need to feed yourself with this week? Get creative with the foods you have left, and make a list that includes items from the master list to go purchase that day. Each week you can be replacing items you threw out with better counterparts as you need them, or even stock up on something else entirely different as you work your way through building your dream pantry. These are the building blocks of your meals and should spark creativity and interest when you look at them on your shelves.
  4. If and when funds allow, it can be helpful to stock up on jars and canisters to display your goods. This helps with visualizing a meal, and to be enticed by colors, shapes, and textures. Naturally as human beings we are drawn to what looks beautiful. If you don’t believe me, look a bag of lentils, and then pour them into a cute jar and look at them again. Somehow they feel more approachable and down the earth (any puns unintended but welcome). You can see the jars I’ve collected in the organization section on my pantry page, but always try to keep and reuse ones from the store (such as pasta sauce jars) for a more sustainable and affordable approach too when you can.

———— I hope some of these tips helped! Let me know how your pantry refreshes go, and any other tips you find handy in the comments below if you’d like to share. 


LIFE UPDATE: Oh hi! I’m over here chugging along trying to work out the kinks with my thyroid and leaky gut and anxiety/stress management – feeling super encouraged and hoping to open up my heart to you guys soon. I’m so grateful for your love and tips through social media and emails lately, you guys light up my life with your generosity and genuine selves.

A little something exciting! I’m packing my bags tonight to hop on a plane tomorrow morning to fly to Oakland, where I will be renting a car and driving solo up to a beautiful photography workshop on a goat farm in Point Reyes! It is being held by my sweet friend Betty from Betty Liu and another super sweet (new) friend Bella from Ful-Filled. You can take a sneak peak at the digs here and here, and see tons more on my Instagram stories to come too. I can’t wait. A little countryside escape with inspiring people and amazing food. Oh and there are goats. All over. So you know someone is inevitably going to wake up one morning and look out their window to see a crazy girl (me) running around with all of the baby goats in a circle chasing one another with goofy, free-spirited smiles (goats can smile, right?). Scott has in his mind that someone will find me riding a goat at some point, but I promise I won’t. (I promise I won’t, I promise I won’t.) So I’m off to do laundry and prep travel snacks and make Scott enough dessert to last him four days (priorities).

I hope you all have the most gorgeous week and weekend, and I will be back here next week with something special from Kale & Caramel‘s new cookbook, so preorder that baby if you haven’t yet! Its an inspiring keeper for anyone who gives a hoot about herbs and flowers. Till then, xx.

28 Comments

  • Reply Sil April 26, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Looks very neat! Made me wanna re-organize my shelf, thanks for sharing! :)
    Good vibes on your trip, it sounds lovely, I would too be excited about the goats haha.

    • Reply Faring Well April 27, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Thank you so much Sil! Have tons of fun reorganizing if you do :) spring always feels like the perfect time for this. And yes (!!!) those goats, so excited. Hehe. xx

  • Reply bailee April 26, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Your warmth comes through effortlessly in every one of your posts, I can feel your energy as I read them. I appreciate that most about you – xoxo

    • Reply Faring Well April 27, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Bailee this was so touching and kind of you, thank you! <3

  • Reply Michelle April 26, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I am in HEAVEN!!!!! This is a dream! Thanks for taking your precious time! I so value what brands you use and it is so handy to have all the links right on one page! THANK YOU!

    • Reply Faring Well April 27, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Oh my goodness Michelle! You are so welcome! I’m so excited by your excitement :).

  • Reply Brooke April 26, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Wonderful! Love your Instagram and all your posts.

    • Reply Faring Well April 27, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Thank you Brooke! That is so sweet to hear, I appreciate you taking the time to leave me this note. -xx

  • Reply Jan April 27, 2017 at 12:53 am

    I am literally blown away at the amount of time and thought you put into this post! And I LOVE how simple you’ve made it to find these products and ingredients. What an amazing resource this is! You’ve inspired me to take a long, hard and honest look at my pantry and begin the process of re-organizing and evaluating the contents. I feel I can rely on all this invaluable info to guide me. Thank you for once again pouring all of your enthusiasm and “Jessie-ness” into another heartfelt post.

    • Reply Faring Well April 27, 2017 at 9:01 am

      Oh Jan! Thank you! You are so kind, and your message here just makes all the hard work worth it. I hope you have SO much fun if you do go through your pantry, it feels so good – kind of like cleaning out your closet, but for your insides ;). Lots of hugs to you <3.

  • Reply Rachael Poston April 27, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Tip on jars – go to thrift stores, yard sales, and charity shops for glass jars. I have an entire pantry of jars with extras for leftovers/lunch storage exclusively from my forays into junk shops – and they’re so cheap! If the gaskets are old, toss them and buy new ones from (I get mine from Amazon) in bulk!

    • Reply Faring Well April 27, 2017 at 9:01 am

      Such a wonderful tip Rachael, thank you for sharing! xx

  • Reply Lisa April 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    This was very helpful; thank you for such a thorough and informative post! If I could ask, I wonder why you use white rice rather than brown?
    Thanks again!

    • Reply Faring Well May 2, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Hi Lisa! That is a wonderful question. Because of the phytic acid and risk of arsenic that gets stored in the hull, I prefer to bypass them both with the white version. The small amount of fiber and minerals I can easily make up for with the quality ingredients I mix into the rice, allowing it to just function as a carbohydrate in the meal. Just a personal decision, and I hope this helped answer your question well! <3

  • Reply Heidi C. April 27, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Point Reyes is just down the way from me!!! It’s such a beautiful area, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a great time at the Food Photography workshop. Also, thank you very much for such a through breakdown of a working plant based pantry.
    :)

    • Reply Faring Well May 2, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      You are so very welcome Heidi! Thank you for your kind comment. My goodness do you live in a gorgeous place, the weekend in PT Reyes was a dream! xx

  • Reply Chiara April 28, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Hi Jessie! First of all I would love to say I love your blog so much. You seem such a nice person!
    I already wondered if you had any food allergies/intolerances or some gut issue, since some things feel so similar.
    I don’t need to cut out half of the ingredients of your recipes haha, which is really nice :)
    Serious leaky gut over here as well.. I will love reading more about the topic. :)

    I wish you an amazing trip!
    XO Chiara

    • Reply Faring Well May 2, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Hi Chiara! Thank you incredibly much for your comment, you are so sweet. I’m so sorry to hear you are suffering from gut issues too, but happy to know my recipes have been friendly to your healing lifestyle as well! I’ll be sure to chat about my experience soon here, together we can all help one another so much in this area (I think). Hope you have a gorgeous and healthy week girl <3.

  • Reply Caras Kitchen April 30, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    LOVE YOUR PANTRY! I hope the workshop is going well, I cought some of it on IG stories <3

    • Reply Faring Well May 2, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Aw thank you Cara! I’m so glad you are enjoying this new page, and thank you for following on my stories! The workshop was unreal, I’m so grateful. Hope you are having a super week girl, xx.

  • Reply Lizzie || Wholehearted Life Coach May 1, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Your pantry is so clean and organised! I recently have a new kitchen and still cleaning and organising my pantry. Hope to get mine looking as amazing as yours. I am still collecting jars.

    • Reply Faring Well May 2, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Yes! You can do it Lizzie! Take your time and have so much fun with it all <3.

  • Reply Amy Stevens May 1, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Great pantry tips. I just finished a digital techniques book I found for free (How to Cook: An Easy Guide to Cooking Techniques) and was looking for a how to stock the pantry book when I found this. I guess I got my tips (except how to keep my pantry as organized as yours!)

  • Reply Sasha May 1, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    This is so helpful Jessie. I’m due for a pantry and fridge clean out and this is inspiring me to get it done!

    Thanks!

    • Reply Faring Well May 2, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      YAY, so fun Sasha, would love to see yours too ;).

  • Reply Tiana May 2, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Hi Jessie! I’ve never commented before but I have been enjoying your blog for a few months now :) I am in need of some jars and I would like to support you through the affiliate links, but I am having a hard time gauging the sizes from the pictures. Which jar brand and size would you recommend for one serving of overnight oats or chia pudding? And how about for a make-ahead salad?

    • Reply Faring Well May 2, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      Oh my goodness Tiana you are TOO kind to me and I appreciate you. Here is what I would recommend: for my kind of overnight oats I would go for the ones under Ball Mason: “Small Jars”. For chia puddings I would use the “small” Weck Jars. And for packable salads I might opt for the “medium” Le Parfait Jars, or the “32 ounce” Ball Mason, depending on how big your salads are <3. Hope this helped! xx

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