Each and every week, before you go grocery shopping, you will need to check your larder or pantry. There are many items that I, myself, insist on having on hand which will help me turn basic foods into something tastier. There are also basic food supplies that you will need to keep at all times. Below are two lists, which are just starter lists, of suggestions of what to keep at all times in your pantry. These items will not only assist you in cooking but often help your meals to stretch further.
Whenever I see a particular good offer, like a buy one get one free, that is the time that I stock my pantry up with these essential food items. Also, there are hundreds of spices out there which will turn the most boring ingredients into an exotic meal. Usually they start from about $1 each. So what I do is to pick up one or two every week with my groceries, and in a few short weeks I have a good array of spices.
Items to always have in your pantry
- Salt and Pepper
- Spices: Parsley, Italian Seasoning, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Turmeric, Cumin, Paprika, Red Chili Flakes, Poultry Seasoning, Steak Seasoning, Thyme, Oregano, Basil, Sage, Rosemary, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Vanilla pods and or/ Vanilla Extract.
- Gravy browning liquid
- Gravy Powder
- White Sugar
- Confectioners/Icing sugar
- Light Brown Sugar
- Dark Brown Sugar
- Tins of: Crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, condensed mushroom soup
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Dried Yeast
- Beef and chicken stock cubes or powder
Always keep these items in your fridge:
REAL Butter (Never underestimate the importance of having real butter in your fridge)
8oz Cream cheese