A good way to motivate you to cook more healthy meals at home is by keeping your kitchen pantry stocked with the essentials. That way, you always have ingredients at home to make a home-cooked meal and avoid having to order pizza or drive through a local fast food restaurant. Here are some of the items to keep your kitchen pantry stocked with the essentials.
Before I share what belongs in your kitchen pantry, I want to emphasize that keeping a well-stocked kitchen pantry will benefit your household budget as well. Second trips to the store for basic items for recipes add up very quickly. By keeping items on hand, you are eliminating needless trips.
How To Keep Your Kitchen Pantry Stocked With The Essentials:
Typically these are the main categories that you should have in your kitchen pantry. Always remember to rotate your items as you replenish. Newest items in the back, and take a moment to toss expired items. If they are close to expiring and you know you aren’t going to use them, then donate them to your local food bank so that they can be used to feed others.
Oils and Dressings:
The first types of ingredients you should always have on hand include a combination of oil, dressing, and condiments. By having these in your kitchen already, you can prepare a lot of meals with other ingredients you have and not have to worry about picking up extra items every time you go to the grocery store.
Have a variety of oil based on your needs, including vegetable, olive, canola, sesame, and peanut oil. Also have some non-stick oil spray for the pans. Have different types of vinegar, such as red wine and rice vinegar, and sauces like soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Don’t forget basic condiments like mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, honey, and any others your family enjoys.
Rice, Pasta and Grains:
In your pantry, make sure you have plenty of rice, pasta, and grains. These items can be made with nothing more than boiling water and some basic ingredients. You should have a combination of different beans and grains, such as kidney beans, chili beans, garbanzo beans, black beans, along with quinoa and couscous.
For rice, choose your favorites, but also have a variety, such as wild rice, jasmine rice, white rice, and brown rice. Have different forms of pasta, including bowtie, spaghetti noodles, and lasagna noodles. This will cover a lot of your basic meal options.
Seasonings and Herbs:
Include a wide range of seasonings and herbs in your pantry, both fresh and dried herbs. Choose the basics like rosemary, basil, oregano, and mint. These herbs combined with seasonings like salt, pepper, and garlic salt will take you far in your different meals. Also consider things like all-spice and multiple seasoning bottles, such as a bottle of Italian seasoning to make the cooking process even easier.
Other Dry Goods:
In addition to these items, you should have some other staples in the pantry. This includes items that help you bake things from scratch, such as bread, biscuits, and muffins. Have plenty of salt, sugar, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and other items that help you prepare your different baked items or treats.
Other items to consider:
- A variety of forms of chicken or beef broth. This includes liquid, powdered, and cubed.
- Soups such as tomato, cream soups, and hearty soups for lunches.
- Canned vegetables to use in casseroles and stews.
- Cereals and granola bars.
- Dried fruits or trail mix.
- Bottled Water or healthy sports drinks.
So there you have some great things in your kitchen pantry that will help you manage your kitchen in an efficient matter. Consider buying one or two things each week to stock up for the Winter months. You will be able to cook delicious meals without having to run out in bad weather.