This is a Pantry Staples Checklist or what you can find in the "The Bossy Kitchen" pantry.
A few years ago, while still in college, my daughter traveled to Spain to study for a semester at one of Andalusia's universities.
One day, after she found an apartment and moved in, she called to ask me if I could make her a list of items she should have in her pantry all the time for emergencies.
She wanted to know what a pantry should look like if you come home late and need to cook something simple and fast.
I found her question to be extremely mature for a college student at that time, and I was very proud of her.
She was not cooking much while at home, but as soon as she moved out and started to live independently, she proved to be an amazing cook with a huge interest in new or old recipes. I know, like her mother, right?
While the list I gave her at that time was concise, I thought it might be useful to share what you can find in my pantry on a regular basis.
I do understand that many of you might not need every item on the list. This list reflects my personal taste and needs, but it could also be a starting point for you.
The trick is to understand what kind of foods you tend to cook more often and buy the ingredients you need to cook that kind of meal.
As someone who has Eastern European roots, I always have thyme, paprika, and garlic in my pantry, but if you like Chinese food, you will need soy sauce, ginger, rice, and sesame oil.
For Indian food, you will need, for example, to buy cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, mustard seeds, garlic, and ginger, among other ingredients.
The conclusion is that you can take this list and make it your own, or you can adjust it according to your needs.
Having things handy, you will be able to put together a delicious meal in no time. It is cheaper to eat at home, more delicious, and also healthier. Enjoy!
HERBS AND SPICES
OILS & VINEGARS
GRAINS & PASTA
- Pasta- spaghetti, penne, elbow, orzo, lasagna
- white, pinto, black and red beans
- split peas
- tomato paste
- crushed tomato
- tomato sauce
- beans (black, white, chickpeas)
- roasted peppers
- tortilla chips
- graham crackers
- dried fruits (raisins, apricots, sour cherries, cranberries, prunes)
- peanut butter
What do you have in your pantry? What are the items you cannot live without?