The Return Of Larder Cupboards

published Jun 12, 2014
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We don’t talk about larders very much nowadays. The traditional larder — a small, cool storage room used to keep foods fresh — has long been replaced by modern refrigeration. But larder love is still out there, only this time it’s more commonly seen in the form of a larder cupboard:

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A larder cupboard is a standalone unit that’s a cross between a kitchen cupboard and storage room. You might call it a “wardrobe for food,” as Homes and Antiques puts it. They continue:

Styles vary, but what [all larder cupboards] have in common is the ability to store a range of food in a combination of drawers or pull-out baskets, shelves and racks. They’re often full-height, incorporating a cold shelf made from slate or marble and perhaps a series of small holes in the doors for air circulation… As well as buying off the shelf, you can have them made to your own specifications, whether you require a capacious walk-in or a simple half-height, pull-out version.

These five larder cupboards are just a few of the styles we’ve come across lately. Do you have a larder cupboard in your kitchen? Tell us about it!