The Well Stocked Pantry

Having a well stocked pantry is important if you are going to cook at home. But what needs to be in there? Isn't it going to be expensive to fill up the kitchen storecupboard?

Start by thinking about the things that you would need to use for almost every meal you cook. The essentials. Things you wouldn't want to have to run to the shops for every time. The basic building blocks of a meal.

Once you have these in stock then you can add those "nice to have" items which will be used on an occasional basis.

The following list will provide those essential ingredients that every well stocked pantry should contain. Some of these items will be links to more information on other pages of the site.

You do not, of course, have to go out and buy all these at once! Just add them to your store cupboard as you find you need them. Then top up when you run out.

Dry goods

Rice
Beans
Coffee
Sugar
Cornflour
Dried Fruit
Bulgar Wheat
Baking Powder
Cocoa Powder
Breakfast Cereals
Salt

Pasta
Lentils
Tea
Flour
Dried Yeast
Oats
Millet
Nuts
Dried Milk Powder
Pepper

Bottles and Jars

Vinegar
Worcestershire Sauce
Olive Oil
Mayonnaise
Honey
Black Treacle (Molasses)
Pickles
Marmalade
Mint Sauce
Garlic Granules
Dried herbs

Soy Sauce
Tabasco Sauce
Sunflower Oil
Tomato Ketchup
Golden or Maple Syrup
Jam (Jelly)
Marmite (yeast extract)
Mustard
Horseradish Sauce
Tartare Sauce

Tinned Foods

Plum Tomatoes
Sweetcorn Kernels 
Mushy Peas
Tuna Fish
Sardines
Ham
Evaporated Milk
Consommé (clear soup)
Tinned fruit

Tomato Puree (also comes in a tube)
Chick Peas
Baked Beans
Salmon
Anchovies
Corned Beef
Condensed Milk
Tinned Soups

Watch those dates!

You may like to set up a reminder for a once a month pantry sort out, so you can check "use-by" dates.

Any tins or packets that are getting close to that date should be noted and perhaps placed in a different area of the cupboard so you know to use them up first. You then do your weekly meal planning to include these ingredients. 

You can also take this opportunity to wipe down the shelves in case anything sticky has leaked or run down the outside of bottles.

As you build up the contents of your pantry, you will find you can put together an impromptu meal at a moment's notice.






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