Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

What are your staples?

What are the staples that you keep on hand at all times? I'm trying to do more cooking from "scratch" lately and want to keep a fairly stocked kitchen, other than fresh meats and produce so I only have a couple things to pick up on the way home. Include any recipes that are family favorites if you wish!

Answer Question

Asked by Anonymous at 10:34 PM on May. 17, 2010 in Food & Drink

Answers (6)
  • We always have ham, cheese, eggs and tortillas. If nothing else we can always have breakfast burritos.

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 10:39 PM on May. 17, 2010

  • lemons or lemon juice
    olive oil
    whole wheat flour
    italian dressing
    green onions, onions, and green peppers
    frozen and fresh veggies of all kinds
    the baking basics
    all types of whole wheat pasta
    tomato sauce, tomato paste

    my kitchen is never without any of the above! :)

    Answer by jenellemarie at 10:41 PM on May. 17, 2010

  • White/balsamic/red wine/cider vinegars
    olive oil
    vanilla extract
    cocoa powder
    sesame oil
    peanut oil
    vegetable oil
    baking soda
    baking powder
    all purpose flour
    whole wheat flour
    Soy sauce
    teriyaki sauce
    hoison sauce
    hot sauce

    This is really all that I can think of off the top of my head (I'm in the basement), but as you can see some is for baking. I didn't list spices, but I have more than I can remember........I cook basically everything from scratch so every time I see a spice that I don't have, I buy it.


    Answer by BridgetC140 at 2:24 AM on May. 18, 2010

  • Oh for regular foods, I keep stuff like:

    whole wheat pastas
    brown rice
    tomato sauce
    tomato paste
    diced tomatoes
    olives (black and green pimiento stuffed)
    kidney/black/pinto beans/gandules
    canned mushrooms
    water chesnuts
    fat free chicken/vegetable broth
    cream of chicken/mushroom soups

    That's all I can think of for these types of items.

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 2:33 AM on May. 18, 2010

  • Start with meal planning.
    Some of my staples are: olive oil, sunflower seed oil, eggs, butter, assorted dried beans, dried lentils, oatmeal, whole wheat pastry flour, assorted whole wheat pastas, various dried and fresh herbs and spices, romaine, grape tomatoes, sweet potatoes, avocado, frozen blueberries, assorted frozen vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, chopped spinach, etc.), soy sauce, limes, lemons, brown rice, quinoa, vegetable broth, plain Greek yogurt, grapefruit, whole grain bread, whole wheat tortillas, apples, canned tomatoes, pomagranate juice, salad dressing, that''s all that I can think of.

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:37 AM on May. 18, 2010

  • A variety of pasta. Rice - instant brown, regular brown & white. Sauces - spaghetti, alfredo, cheese, cream soups, ingredients for homemade white sauce. Veggies - frozen & some canned (fresh is a twice-a-week, get what's on sale, or what's ready in the garden). Fruit - canned, fillings, fresh. Flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, spices, herbs, etc. Crackers - saltines, snack, etc. Juices - fruit, veggie, tomato. Potatoes - fresh & frozen (no instant). Breads. Eggs. Lunchmeat. I could go on but then I'd be late picking up the kids from school, and starting supper!

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:49 PM on May. 18, 2010

Join CafeMom now to contribute your answer and become part of our community. It's free and takes just a minute.