A well stocked pantry is an important investment. You are investing in your nutrition and preventing food insecurity in case of an emergency. There are other benefits too. It saves you time and money. And you are making sure you have essentials on hand to throw a dinner party without having to go to the supermarket. Or you can always cook your favourite meals, because your pantry has the ingredients already.
Here are some essential food items to stock your pantry like a pro.
Spices And Herbs
Fill your pantry with herbs and spices. They add flavour to your food, some are great for making tea and some are good for helping you to be healthy. Some good selections are allspice, bay leaf, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, clove, garlic, nutmeg, ginger, oregano, paprika, rosemary, sage, thyme, lavender, peppermint, lemon grass and tumeric.
Nuts make healthy treats. They also make great smoothies and make the perfect recipe ingredient for a variety of dishes. On the list of best nuts for your pantry are almond, macademia, brazil nut, pecan, cashew, walnut, pistachio, pine nut and hazelnut.
Cornstarch, baking soda, yeast and baking soda.
Peas And Beans
Making some delicious stew or soup? Peas and beans are a healthy choice for protein. Plus they are versatile and can be used in many recipes. Some good choices are lentil, chicpea, kidney bean, broad bean, black bean, navy bean, soybean, green bean and cowpea.
Canned foods are important for food security. But they are also good for everyday meals too. Essential canned foods for your pantry include soup, baked bean, pumpkin puree, chilli, tomato sauce, vegetables, fruits, jams and jellies.
For cereals, bread making and most of your meals, you will need your grains. Grains for your pantry include rice, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, oatmeal, cornmeal, bread, cereals, flour, millet, pasta and flaxseed.
Other pantry essentials include…
Sweeteners, salt, water, milk, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, oils and butters.
What would you add?
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