Kitchen Essentials: A Well-Stocked Pantry
Having the right staples in your pantry makes for easier cooking and meal preparation, every time.
Having a well-stocked pantry not only means shorter, potentially less expensive grocery lists, but makes for easier cooking. Not to mention, more available meal options at any time. Your “pantry” can refer to what’s stored in your cupboard, refrigerator, or freezer, and ideally, should include a selection of shelf-stable staples. Here’s what to keep on hand to make the most of everyday meal preparation.
Seasoning and spices
Ground black pepper
Sweet or smoked paprika
Crushed red pepper flakes
Oils and vinegars
Extra virgin olive oil
1-2 vinegars of choice, such as apple cider, or distilled white
Low sodium soy sauce
Low sodium tomato sauce
Low sodium diced tomatoes
Low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
Whole wheat flour
Whole wheat pasta
Whole grain cereal
Whole grain breadcrumbs
Frozen brown rice
Frozen vegetables (corn, peas, cauliflower rice etc.)
Frozen fruit (strawberries, blueberries, pineapple etc.)
Frozen peeled and deveined shrimp
Kitchen organization tip: Utilize glass jars or plastic containers to keep ingredients fresh, easy to identify, and well-organized. This is especially helpful for arranging non-resealable packaged goods. Consider labeling containers with the contents and date, especially for frozen items.