May 15, 2020

Pantry Essential Checklist

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Do you have a pantry essentials checklist? Every cook needs one so you can  whip up a meal for your family or unexpected guests with ingredients you have on hand. With all the shortages lately from the Covid19 virus you really need to work on a well-stocked pantry. Having all the basic pantry staples is a great time and money saver.

So Grab your pen and paper and lets get started.

Stock up  on olive oil, vegetable oil, and coconut oil.

Vinegar….rice wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, and balsamic vinegar.

Beans are a great source of protein and full of other essential nutrients. I shop the big bins in the grocery store as they are cheaper in bulk.

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Spices and herbs are the important ingredients to make you food taste delicious. Keep a big variety on hand.

Stock up on salt, pepper, cinnamon, basil oregano, dill weed, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, ground ginger, cumin, smoked paprika, dried oregano, dried rosemary, dried thyme as well as others you might like. 

Flour is an essential ingredient in making homemade bread, pizza dough, pasta, is used to thicken soups and sauces, and can be used to make yummy desserts like cake and cookies. If you are on a gluten free diet there are lots of flours to choose from.

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You need some sweeteners in you pantry. Sugar, brown sugar, and agave work well. My husband and I both have sugar issues to I cook with frozen apple juice and frozen pineapple juice concentrate.

It tastes wonderful in cakes and cookies, and pies for the sweetener. You can whip up some whipping cream and add vanilla and frozen pineapple juice concentrate to taste…so delicious!

In addition you should add corn syrup, maple syrup, and honey. In fact honey never expires! If it gets hard just heat it in the microwave for a few minutes.

If you would like to try a fabulous dessert make Girl Scout Layer Bars!

If you do a lot of baking like I do, you need some  essential baking ingredients. Some I  recommend are baking soda, baking powder, vanilla extract, white and brown sugar, and yeast.

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I always keep a big supply of canned meat, chicken, ham, turkey, and and more in my pantry. From what I see at the grocery story lately stock up on these items. Meat is getting so expensive.

Rice is a staple in most people’s home. Other grains you should add  are quinoa, couscous, and oatmeal.

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All families love pasta and so there are so many fun shapes and recipes to make. Make sure you add some to your pantry essentials.

Other items to add are ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, salad dressings, salsa,  powdered milk and BBQ sauce.

What would kids do without peanut butter and jelly. Perfect for baking, sandwiches, or just a bite when your blood-sugar is feeling down works wonders.

Turn the Page for  these Homemade Freezable Homemade Uncrustables Sandwiches from Make Ahead Meal Mom.

I know there are probably more items to add but this should get you started. Give me your thoughts below.

 

 

 

 

 

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