Our kitchen doesn’t have very much in the way of cabinet space (yet!) and one thing I would love to have is a pantry. I visited my Gramma last weekend and while this is nothing new, I was particularly struck by her food storage capability. Not only does she have the typical fridge and kitchen cabinets full of spices, but she also has a garage with two freezers and several rows of cabinets that store dry goods. I suppose this comes from having been born during the Great Depression, and living through WWII, but like so many other things she does that my generation seems to have forgotten about, it’s a pretty smart tactic. Even if you’re not using it to store your own preserves, being able to buy in bulk or when things are on sale saves a lot of money.
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So on that note, I saw a list of pantry staples over here on CheapHealthyGood and it got me thinking about what should be in mine. Here’s what I came up with, based on the above linked list. I’m concentrating on things that mostly can be stored for months.
Better-than-Boullion in ‘not-chicken’ and ‘mushroom’
Canned Tomatoes (mine! not the BPA laden variety)
Herbs & Spices: Basil, Red Pepper, Chili Powder, Oregano, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Cajun Spice, Tandoori Spice, Cumin, Onion Powder, Dill, Mustard Seed, Ginger, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Lemongrass, Sea Salt, Coriander, Celery Seed
Rice (sushi, brown, jasmine and basmati)
Vinegar (white, apple cider, and rice wine)
Sugar: Brown, White
Orange or Lemon extract
Rice noodles, Soba noodles
Spring Roll Wrappers
I know I’m forgetting some stuff, but this is a good place to start. What’s in your ideal pantry?