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Pantry Staples

I’m going to say that one of the most common complaints for not making homemade or even semi-homemade meals is due to what’s lacking in your pantry..which in turn, comes a higher grocery bill for just that single dinner.  I feel you.  

Why can’t my pantry look like this????

Easier said than done I know, but if you SLLOOWWLY buy a couple of things per shopping trip, you’ll be fully stocked and on your way to cooking greatness!  …Then just check your supplies regularly and before you know it, you’ll only need to replace each item randomly instead of all at once!  Please keep in mind that many, many of these items are less than $1.00 each and can make soooo much!

*Yes, there are nights that I’ll pop a Stouffers into the oven, make a frozen pizza or just fix a quick turkey sandwich.  I get tired too!  However, if you have an episode of The Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ going on in your home one evening, you’ll be prepared!!

My Must Have Pantry Staples

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Masa, cornmeal, Japanese Panko, dried breadcrumbs and easy tortilla flour
  • Sugar (granulated, light & dark brown sugar, powdered)
  • Yeast packets
  • Baking Soda & Powder
  • Evap milk/sweetened condensed milk, dulce de leche
  • Chocolate chips (butterscotch, etc)
  • Oils (EVOO, vege, canola, crisco/lard
  • Vinegars (regular, Apple cider, balsamic, red wine, champagne, etc)
  • Stocks and broths
  • Pasta noodles, variety
  • Rice
  • Beans, canned and dried
  • Honey/molasses
  • Peanut butter
  • Jellies & jams
  • Canned and jar goods (tomatoes-whole, diced, paste, sauce, etc, chipotle in adobo sauce, pesto, roasted red peppers, bbq sauces, artichokes, olives, spicy peppers)
  • Real maple syrup
  • Mustard(s) and mayo

Ok, now produce can be a bit trickier.  Obviously, the fresher the better.  However, you can keep a few different varieties of potatoes, onions, garlic and citrus out and on hand.  *Also, everyone’s tastes, meal ideas, etc are likely different.  These are MY go-to’s (with maybe an extra thing or two ever so often).  I suggest my ‘must haves’, but please add your flavors to it!

…stay tuned for my Must Have’s for your fridge, freezer and spice cabinet…

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