The Perfect Pantry

Having a well stocked pantry and freezer is vital if you want to make a good dinner. No one on earth (well at least not me) wants to go grocery shopping everyday, and if you aren’t living in the U.S., chances are you walk or ride your bike to the grocery store. If you have a well stocked pantry, you won’t need to buy as many items. This leads to inexpensive food bills and lighter shopping bags. Win win!! Also, keeping in mind the pantry, if you see one of your favorite pantry staples go on sale, stock up! Pantry item are items that are shelf stable and take months or even years to go bad, but don’t go crazy. I’ve thrown away flour from Chris’s pantry that had expired two years ago. It’s also a good idea to keep a list of items in your freezer and pantry, so you won’t double buy something. I have a list of everything in my phone at all times! Here I’ve created a list which I’ve divided into 4 categories: Carbs, Proteins, Fruits and Vegetables, Fat, and Other. These lists are for people who need an idea of what a pantry without over processed foods should look like. If something doesn’t suit your needs/desires, just replace it with something that does! Or just leave it out, make your pantry useful to you.

 

Carbs


Different pastas- I have spaghetti, fusilli, macaroni, chinese noodles, and lasagna noodles at all times.

Different rices- Wild rice, jasmine rice, arborio rice, and sushi rice are a nice mix because you can go from Cajun, Persian, Italian, and Japanese cuisine easily.

Other sources of carbs: cans of beans (white beans, chickpeas, kidney beans), flour (all purpose, whole wheat), Sweetners (sugar, honey, artificial), Syrups (maple and chocolate), Cornmeal, Oatmeal, Corn starch, and Popcorn.

 

Proteins

Cans of tuna, Sardines, and Dried meats like jerky and salami are in my pantry typically. You can make several different meals out of these items surprisingly! If you are vegan, I’ve seen shelf stable tofu and soy proteins that would be good to keep on hand.

 

Fruits and Vegetables

Diced tomato, tomato sauce, tomato paste, coconut milk, canned peaches, apple sauce, dried cranberries, canned green beans, canned asparagus, and canned corn are in my pantry right now. These items can be helpful in making curry, pasta sauce, chilli, and the canned peaches are amazing in a cobbler! Just be sure to make sure your canned items have no added sugar or corn syrup added to them! 9 times out of 10, the product in questions doesn’t even need added sugar.

 

Fat

It’s a good idea to have a high heat oil and a low heat oil on hand at all times. The high heat oils like peanut and sunflower oil are good for frying and skillet cooking, and low heat oils like extra virgin olives oil are necesarry for salad dressings and bread dipping. Yum.

 

Other

Stock cubes and broth

Nuts and Seeds- chia seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts, peanuts, and almonds.

Vinegars and Sauces: white wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, mustard, mayo, ketchup, hot sauce, siracha, sambal, soy sauce, and barbeque sauce.

Baking stuff: yeast, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract

Herbs, spices, and SALT.

Extra goodies: dark chocolate, coffee, tea!  (I could not survive without these)