By: Vered DeLeeuw
A well-stocked pantry can save you from what happened to me yesterday. It was 6pm, we had just arrived from the kids’ gymnastics class, and I had absolutely no idea what to make for dinner. Eventually I decided to make a quick pasta dish – spaghetti with olive oil and oregano. But alas, there was no pasta in the house and only a tiny bit of olive oil left. We ended up ordering pizza.
Now, don’t get me wrong – the occasional pizza dinner is fine. But if you rely too heavily on takeout or on frozen meals, you end up paying too much for food that is often not very healthy, and sometimes not very tasty.
A pantry list is a great way to make sure you always have the basic staples in the house – those that would enable you to quickly put together a homemade, healthy meal.
If you need help creating your pantry list, take a look at mine. Of course, yours will differ than mine – it all depends on what you and your family like to eat – but the basics are there.
|BASIC PANTRY LIST
All purpose flour, bread flour, cake flour
Granulated Sugar, powdered sugar
Jellies, jams and preserves
Nuts and seeds
Low sodium chicken broth
Canned fruit (pineapple, peaches, fruit cocktail, applesauce)
Tomatoes: diced, paste, sauce
Canned vegetables (especially peas and corn)
Olives and pickles
BASIC BAKING SUPPLIES
Chicken bouillon cubes
Bread (including bagels, buns and English muffins), pretzels and crackers
Dairy – milk, eggs, butter, cheese, yogurt.
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Onions and garlic
Meat, Fish and Poultry
This is a very basic pantry list – there are many more items you can add, according to your taste and preferences. To make sure everything runs smoothly, do remember to replace items as they run out. We do it by having a shopping list posted on the fridge – whenever we notice that we are about to run out of an item, we immediately add it to the list.
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