How to Stock the Perfect Pantry
With a well-stocked pantry, you can always come up with a good, hearty meal even if you're low on time. The concept of a "perfect pantry" will, of course, vary from person to person - but these essentials are incredibly convenient to keep around in case of black-outs, emergencies, and just because of how common they're used in a wide variety of recipes.
The Bare Minimum
These essentials are used in an incredibly diverse range of recipes.
- All-purpose Flour
- Granulated Sugar
- Oils (canola, vegetable, and/or olive)
Long-lasting Pantry Goods
While fresh ingredients are great, it's good to keep a store of canned goods and long-lasting grains in case of an emergency or certain foods are out of season.
- Canned Broth (chicken, beef, or vegetable)
- Canned Tomatoes (diced, whole. pastes and sauces)
- Canned Tuna
- Pasta (your favorite varieties)
- Rice and other grains
- Bread Crumbs
What spices are the most useful in your kitchen? Depending on what kinds of foods you like, this will obviously vary, but here are a few frequently used ones to keep in mind.
- Cayenne or Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- Curry Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
There are plenty of differences between dried herbs and fresh herbs that vary depending on the variety, but these are great staples to have around.
- Bay Leaves
Fridge and Freezer Foods
Grocery store staples you'll probably want to keep in your fridge or freezer most of the time.
- Butter (or margarine)
- Ground Beef
- Chicken Breast
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