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How to Stock Your Pantry

Posted by Andie on August 31, 2018


You know that feeling.  You're in a time crunch throwing together dinner and you're positive you have everything on hand...only to find at the last minute that you are short 1 or 2 essential ingredients and have to make a dreaded trip to the grocery store.  Isn't that the worst?  It's basically the story of my life.  In an effort to live a simpler, less frazzled life, I'm on a mission to create a well stocked pantry.  I found an awesome guide made by Eating Well that gives you a run down of some of the best items to keep in your pantry so that you're ready for anything! If that means no last minute trips to the store with three babies, I'm in!  Check it out...

Eating Well's Healthy Pantry List

Oils, Vinegars & Condiments

  • Extra-virgin olive oil for cooking and salad dressings
  • Canola oil for cooking and baking
  • Flavorful nut and seed oils for salad dressings and stir-fry seasonings: toasted sesame oil, walnut oil
  • Butter, preferably unsalted. Store in the freezer if you use infrequently.
  • Reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • Vinegars: balsamic, red-wine, white-wine, rice (or rice-wine), apple cider
  • Asian condiments and flavorings: reduced-sodium soy sauce, fish sauce, hoisin sauce, mirin, oyster sauce, chile-garlic sauce, curry paste
  • Kalamata olives, green olives
  • Dijon mustard
  • Capers
  • Ketchup
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce

 

Seasonings

  • Kosher salt, coarse sea salt, fine salt
  • Black peppercorns
  • Onions
  • Fresh garlic
  • Fresh ginger
  • Anchovies or anchovy paste for flavoring pasta sauces and salad dressings
  • Dried herbs: bay leaves, dill, crumbled dried sage, dried thyme leaves, oregano, tarragon, Italian seasoning blend
  • Spices: allspice (whole berries or ground), caraway seeds, chili powder, cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon,coriander seeds, cumin seeds, ground cumin, curry powder, ground ginger, dry mustard, nutmeg, paprika, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, turmeric
  • Lemons, limes, oranges. The zest is as valuable as the juice. Organic fruit is recommended when you use a lot of zest.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, natural and/or Dutch-processed
  • Bittersweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate chips

 

Canned Goods & Bottled Items

  • Canned tomatoes, tomato paste
  • Reduced-sodium chicken broth, beef broth and/or vegetable broth
  • Clam juice
  • "Lite" coconut milk for Asian curries and soups
  • Canned beans: cannellini beans, great northern beans, chickpeas, black beans, red kidney beans
  • Canned lentils
  • Chunk light tuna and salmon

 

Grains & Legumes

  • Whole-wheat flour and whole-wheat pastry flour (Store opened packages in the refrigerator or freezer.)
  • All-purpose flour
  • Assorted whole-wheat pastas
  • Brown rice and instant brown rice
  • Pearl barley, quick-cooking barley
  • Rolled oats
  • Whole-wheat couscous
  • Bulgur
  • Dried lentils
  • Yellow cornmeal
  • Plain dry breadcrumbs

 

Nuts, Seeds & Fruits

  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Almonds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Dry-roasted unsalted peanuts
  • Pine nuts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Tahini
  • Assorted dried fruits, such as apricots, prunes, cherries, cranberries, dates, figs, raisins (Store opened packages of nuts and seeds in the refrigerator or freezer.)

 

How does your pantry look?  My plan is to make one big trip to the grocery store to get a bunch of it bought, and then to get into the habit of buying an extra can of everything I buy at the store for food storage.  How do you do it??

 

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