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Stocking That Pantry!

Posted by on Aug. 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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As we chatted last week, the school year is about to kick off. Field trips, science projects, afterschool activities, homework...it's right around the corner, my friends. I have to say, of all of the back-to-school-ness that gives me anxiety, it is cooking dinner.  Figuring out what to make that doesn't take a lot of time, that is yummy but also decently healthy and that I can do while I also oversee that math worksheet, well, yeah, it gives me those jittery feelings.

That's why I'm digging this week's topic: making dinner easy! All the tips we need to know to make getting dinner on the table simple, along with a bunch of new recipes to try. After reading all about making my dinner life easier, I realize need to start menu planning, but before I can do that I need to do the main thing all chefs, cooks, and experts say: I need to stock my pantry. Maybe yours is already stocked, maybe it's in need of a re-stocking, or maybe you are like me and it's rather bare and neglected. But what do I need? Well, here's a list to start with...yeah, it's long, but the kitchen gurus say to pick and choose what your tastes are and buy the ones you would use the most first.


Spices, Herbs and Other Things You Need for Flavor

Kosher salt, coarse sea salt, fine salt

Pepper

Adobo

Allspice

Italian seasoning blend

Chili powder

Cinnamon sticks

Ground cinnamon

Garlic powder

Garlic salt

Coriander seeds

Ground coriander

Ground cumin

Curry powder

Ground ginger

Dry mustard

Nutmeg

Paprika

Cayenne pepper

Crushed red pepper

Turmeric

Tarragon

Thyme

Bay leaves

Dill

Dried sage

Oregano

Chicken and beef bouillon granules

Oils, Mixes, Canned Stuff and Baking Needs

Extra-virgin olive oil for cooking and salad dressings

Canola oil for cooking and baking

Vinegars: balsamic, red-wine, white-wine, rice, cider

Good Seasons Italian dressing mix

Ranch Dressing Mix

Taco Seasoning Mix

Onion Soup Mix

Canned tomatoes, tomato paste

Reduced-sodium chicken broth, beef broth and/or vegetable broth

Dijon mustard

Capers

Barbecue sauce

Worcestershire sauce

Canned beans (cannellini beans, great northern beans, chickpeas, black beans, red kidney beans, pinto beans)

Canned veggies (corn, green beans, and so on)

Chunk light tuna, salmon and sardines

Granulated sugar

Brown sugar

Honey

Pure maple syrup

Unsweetened cocoa powder, natural and/or Dutch-processed

Bittersweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate chips

Other Stuff

Wax paper

Heavy duty foil

Plastic baggies (freezer and storage, all sizes)

Plastic rrap

PS The gals at menus4moms.com have more great lists for your pantry, fridge and freezer!

Is your pantry stocked? What am I missing from this list?

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brittany208
by Platinum Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 9:13 AM

I definitely don't have all of these. But I have some of them!

la_bella_vita
by Gold Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 9:23 AM
I would say I have most of that
PeachQuean
by on Aug. 5, 2014 at 9:26 AM
I have pretty much all of that in mine.
wandep
by Gold Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 9:45 AM

We always hit the bogo sales at Publix when they have back to school snacks and different things for the kids lunch boxes.

LaniBee
by Bronze Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 10:02 AM

I always make a weekly menu and stock up on the things we use regularly. There are a lot of things on this list we just don't ever use.

liveforever
by Platinum Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Same for me. I have a good stock of things I use on a regular basis.

Quoting LaniBee:

I always make a weekly menu and stock up on the things we use regularly. There are a lot of things on this list we just don't ever use.

liveforever
by Platinum Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 10:05 AM
I have a huge stock of baking supplies. My friends always laugh when they see my stash of sprinkles.
ablackdolphin
by Gold Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 10:28 AM
coconut oil
nut butters
rice cakes
jellyphish
by Silver Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM
I have a really hard time finding spices the girls like. Right now they like yellow rice so I make sure to have some turmeric on hand. Anything else they seem to detest. And by "they" I mean Biggie, then little sister imitates her refusal.
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jellyphish
by Silver Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 10:35 AM
Ha, sidetracked. My just haves are black beans, rice, avocado, and eggs. For baking coconut oil (canola oil is very unhealthy), applesauce; as well as vinegar.
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