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Monday, May 10, 2010

Pantry Basics

Below you will find a list of common staples that you would most likely find in any pantry, mine included (plus extras, but we'll cover those later!).  For now, I'll cover just the pantry staples, I'll do Herbs and Spices and Refrigerator/Freezer in later blogs.  With this list, you should be able to pull a meal together anytime.  Hope this is helpful.  :-)

Pantry Basics

All purpose flour
Baking Mix (Bisquick or Krusteez)
Cake mixes
Milk – powdered, evaporated and shelf stable
Sugar- granulated, brown and powdered
Oatmeal – rolled oats and quick cooking
Cereal – cold and hot (cream of wheat, malto meal, cream of rice and or grits)
Plain and or Italian Breadcrumbs
Crackers – saltines, club, butter, wheat, rye or other whole grain
Cooking spray
Vegetable Oil
Olive Oil
Shortening for baking
Extracts – vanilla, almond, lemon and orange and maple
Nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts, pecans and pine nuts)
Long or short grain white Rice
Other favorite shaped pastas IE. Penne, Angel hair, Fettuccine, shells, etc.
Baking soda
Baking powder
Kosher salt or sea salt
Black pepper – whole peppercorns and ground
Garlic – fresh
Fruit, canned – peaches, pears, pineapple, pumpkin and applesauce
Beans - canned red kidney, black, white (cannellini and or great northern), garbanzo
Beans - dried (black, red, white, pinto, lentil, split pea)
Broth canned and dried chicken, beef and vegetable
Coffee, beans or ground and instant
Chocolate – cocoa powder, semi-sweet chips
Soup – canned and dry bouillon
Tuna, canned
Chicken, canned
Tomatoes – canned whole, stewed, crushed, sauce and paste
Peanut butter
Fruit preserves, jam and jelly
Potatoes, fresh russet, red, Yukon and sweet and instant mashed (pearls or flakes)
Yeast, dry
Vinegar – white, cider, balsamic, white wine, red wine
Lemon – juice and fresh
Lime – juice and fresh
Onions - yellow and red
Dried fruit – raisins, apricots

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