What’s in Your Pantry? is a recurring feature where I ask women to tell us more about their food and eating habits by opening up their kitchen pantries to us. This week I’m featuring Danya Shults.
Danya is the founder of Arq, a lifestyle brand and platform inspired by Jewish culture and open to all
How do you typically feel, emotionally, when you open your kitchen pantry?
I feel grateful and very much at home when I enter our pantry. I keep the basics for cooking and baking, plus some fun and interesting spices for experimentation stocked in our pantry. When I go into my pantry, I know that I can make the simplest of brownies or play around with new spice combos to make an interesting dinner. I grew up eating most meals at home – rarely ordering in, sometimes eating out on special occasions – so I love knowing our pantry is full of the things we need to cook.
What’s your process for organizing your food pantry?
I focus on making everything fit rather than having a well-oiled process for organization. Living in a small New York apartment means efficient storage takes precedent!
What’s inside your pantry right now?
Taim’s preserved lemons
Cajun spice mix (homemade)
King Arthur flour (I’ve been baking lots of cookies!)
Kerem Ben Zamra Wine
What’s the healthiest item that you keep in stock?
We always, always have a carton or two of eggs in our fridge. Most mornings, I make slow-scrambled eggs with toast or on a couple of mini tortillas.
What about your guilty pleasure that you always have on hand?
Lots and lots of chocolate!
Mini peanut butter cups from Trader Joe’s (they’re so creamy!)
Chocolate bars with interesting things in them: We got a sample pack from Mouth, which I loved.
Compared to your mother, how is your pantry the same or different than what you grew up with?
Aside from being much smaller, my pantry isn’t kosher! I grew up in a kosher home, and most of the things we had were hechshered, but I’m not kosher now, so my pantry is probably more diverse in that sense.
If you could change anything about how your pantry is now, what would it be?
My instinct is to say I’d love for it to be bigger and brighter, but the truth is, it’s really nice to have a small space as a forcing function for prioritizing what we want and need at any given time. As tiny as our pantry is now, we still have spices I forget we had or bags of rice half used and tucked into a corner!
Tell me in your comments, what part of Danya’s interview will you remember tomorrow?