Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pantry basics list

There are a few pantry basics you should have on hand in your kitchen. Having standard food staples on hand is essential. This list is a general guide. Take your own tastes into consideration when selecting your own pantry basics.

Most of the items on this list are shelf-stable, but I have included a refrigerator/freezer food staples list also.. It is a good idea to mark items with a purchase date to make sure you use the oldest items first and get rid of any that hide in the back of your cupboard too long. Some items will require refrigeration after opening or have expiration dates (such as yeast). Check labels. Vegetables like potatoes and onions should be kept in a cool, dark place. Citrus fruits can last for weeks in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

You should be able to find most of the items on these lists at discount grocers such as Save-A-Lot and Aldi's. Check out your local Dollar Tree and Dollar General for the spices and seasonings. PriceRite has larger sizes of the spices and seasonings on hand. They have a larger selection of items that are reasonably priced.

I insist on a good quality pure vanilla extract in my kitchen, and I do buy that at the gourmet store. That's the one thing I always splurge on.

DRY GOODS
all-purpose flour
wheat flour (freeze for longer shelf life)
granulated white sugar
unsweetened cocoa powder
brown sugar
powdered sugar
baking soda
baking powder
cornstarch
chocolate chips
raisins
walnuts, almonds and/or pecans
graham crackers
vanilla wafers
baking mix such as Bisquick or Jiffy; or you can make your own BisQwick
yeast (freeze for longer shelf life)
cornmeal
seasoned and unseasoned bread crumbs or you can make your own bread crumbs
rolled oats (not quick cooking)
pasta such as thin spaghetti, vermicelli bowtie, elbow, shells, etc. You'll want to have a few kinds on hand.
egg noodles or you can make your own egg noodles
long grain brown and white rice
crackers, such as saltines and buttery crackers
mashed potato flakes
dried beans such as Great Northern, pink beans, black beans, lentils, pinto beans, etc.
pearl barley
taco seasoning or you can make your own taco seasoning
dry onion soup mix or you can make your own dry onion soup mix

CANNED and BOTTLED
sliced and/or button mushrooms
beef, chicken/turkey and vegetable broth or you can make your own turkey stock and make your own vegetable broth
brown, beef, chicken and/or turkey gravy
canned cream soups such as chicken, mushroom, celery; or you can make your own cream of anything soup mix
pasta and/or spaghetti sauce or you can make your own basic crock pot spaghetti sauce and add to it to make different types of pasta
tomato sauce, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, whole peeled tomatoes
canned fruit such as pineapple, mandarin oranges and peaches
canned pie filling such as apple blueberry and peach
canned vegetables such as green beans, corn and peas
sweet, bread and butter and/or dill pickles
black and green olives
sweet and/or dill relish
Parmesan cheese
yellow mustard
Dijon mustard
ketchup
hot sauce
barbecue sauce
salsa or you can make your own salsa
mayonnaise and/or Miracle Whip
steak sauce
soy sauce
Worcestershire sauce
white, cider and/or balsamic vinegar
lemon juice
light corn syrup
maple syrup
honey
olive, vegetable and/or canola oil (choose olive for salads and cooking, vegetable and/or canola for baking and frying)
non-stick cooking spray
sweetened condensed milk
evaporated milk
peanut butter
jelly/jam
canned tuna in water
canned chicken
canned beans such as black beans, red kidney beans, chick peas pinto and pink beans
dried beans such and pink, pinto, kidney, lentils, split peas, chickpeas, and black beans

REFRIGERATED and FROZEN
milk
butter
eggs
cream cheese
shredded Cheddar
shredded Mozzarella
refrigerated rolls or biscuits
frozen vegetables such as corn, green beans, peas, broccoli and spinach
frozen fruits such as strawberries, blueberries and peaches
ground beef
ground turkey
breakfast sausage
bacon
chicken (boneless/skinless breasts and/or thighs; drumsticks, leg quarters)
non-dairy topping (Cool Whip)

SPICES and SEASONINGS
onion powder
garlic powder
salt, Kosher salt and/or coarse salt
black pepper
basil
parsley
oregano
chili powder
red pepper flakes
ground cinnamon
nutmeg
paprika
bay leaves
cumin
celery seed
pure vanilla extract

FRESH PRODUCE
white, red and sweet potatoes
Onions such as red, yellow, white and vidalia
Lettuces such as iceburg, romaine, endive and mescaline mix
spinach
tomatoes
apples
oranges
bananas
lemons and limes
celery
carrots
garlic
cucumbers
green, red and orange bell peppers

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