- January 27, 2009 at 12:31 am #269963
Every wonder what essentials you should keep well stocked in your pantry for everyday recipes? I’ve compiled a list of what items you should keep in your spice rack, pantry, and refrigerator. This way, you’ll probably have most of the items you’ll need for everyday cooking, minimizing the frequency of last minutes grocery store runs.
1.) spice rack
Curry paste or powder
Nutmeg, whole or ground
Red pepper flakes
Coarse black pepper
dairy and deli
Heavy cream or half-and-half
Shredded cheese: chedder, Mexican or Italian blend, etc
Bell peppers, a variety
Small, red potatoes, and small, white boiling potatoes
Shallots or green onions
Frozen chopped spinach
Spicy brown mustard
Soy / Teriyaki sauce
Vinegar: red, balsamic, cider, rice
canned goods aisle
Roasted red peppers
A variety of pastas
Bread crumbs, plain and Italian
2.) Take inventory of your most frequently used recipes. See an ingredient that is used commonly in your favorite meals? Write it down.
Everyone’s commonly used items are going to vary according to what kind of dishes you create.
3.) Step3Personalize it. Find you use something often? Add it.
Don’t use lemons very much? Eliminate them.
tips & warnings
*when you use the last of an essential item, write it down on a shopping list so you don’t find yourself unexpectedly without
*buy multiples of essential items when on sale. you can always freeze extras, and canned goods last awhile.
*if there is something on the list that you find yourself not using frequently, or quickly enough, then consider eliminating that item from your essential pantry list.
- January 27, 2009 at 12:40 am #412619
Very good information and a nice starter list too.
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