The fridge may have killed off the larder but they are making a huge comeback. We discuss how important it is to have a well-stocked food cupboard.
Many of us will remember how our grandma would open her larder and come out with ingredients to throw together pastry from scratch or a chocolate cake from nothing. After many years of neglecting our store cupboards, people are now purchasing larders, or pantry larders as some people refer to them, as if they are going out of fashion.
“More than a third of us throw away a third of what we buy which is so wasteful. Nowadays people are finding the idea of a well-stocked larder as a comforting idea because there is always something you can rustle up. It also means that you can save money on food and time on shopping,” says Kate Diss, Founder of Sanctuary Kitchens.
A freestanding larder gives you a storage destination and can be built to bespoke requirements in width, height and depth. “Pantry larders come into their own when you don’t have much wall space or don’t want to fill your kitchen with wall units but have lots more to store. We can build larders into corner situations or specific walk-in areas,” explains Kate.
The key features of a pantry larder are:
• Spice and jar racks inside the door allow easy access to small products
• Often a cold slab of granite/quartz/marble is used as a shelf, is hygienic, easy to clean and gives a surface for preparation
• Sometimes baskets are incorporated for products that need to breathe.
Pantry larders can be used to store:
• Herbs and spices
• Wine bottles
• Bread baskets
• Vegetable baskets
• Tray spaces
• Chopping boards
In a modern kitchen, a pantry larder is still a very useful item. As we design bespoke kitchens the interior can be incorporated behind modern doors in our Woodstock range or alternatively we can use modern wirework accessories and build in internal drawers to our mass factory products.
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