Thursday, September 3, 2015

Stocked Pantry List

There have been times I've posted about organizing the pantry mainly because I have a difficult time with how to organize it.  I have to be satisfied that I make a stride each time I tackle the problem.  Although it's taken me about three years to get to where the pantry is, I know there is still a ways to go.

One thing I have never addressed is what should be in a well stocked pantry and why the foods could some day be very important to have available.

The major reason I am comfortable with a well stocked pantry is I have no idea what the future may bring.  We've all seen life turn in a matter of minutes.  A job could be lost, or illness could strike. or the weather could prevent us from leaving the house.   There are a number of reasons why it's prudent to have a stocked pantry.

When I say pantry, I'm referring to any area that your food is stored. You may live-in an apartment or small home or a mansion.  The space doesn't matter, how the space is used is what does matter.  When we were raising our family my husband made shelves above the stairs going to the basement for storage.  Being creative with the real estate you have is a good idea if you're looking for space.

A well stocked pantry includes:

Baking Supplies
flour
sugar
brown sugar
honey
confectioner's sugar
yeast
baking soda
baking powder
salt
shortening
vanilla
evaporated milk
dry milk
molasses
corn syrup

Vegetables
canned
dry (dehydrated)

Fruit
canned
dry (raisins and apricots contain iron)

Meat
canned chicken
tuna
beef
Spam
bacon bits

Spices
parsley
dried onions
garlic powder
Italian seasoning
cinnamon
any spice blend you use on a regular basis
chicken cubes
beef cubes
salt
pepper

Cooking oils and fats

Grains (and more)
oats (can be ground down to add to bread)
bread crumbs
dried eggs
dried tomatoes
dried beans (your choice)
corn meal
rice

Condiments
vinegar (lots of uses for vinegar including disinfecting)
ketchup
mustard
mayo
jam
peanut butter
canned cream soups
Any additional items you use on a regular basis

If you have eggs, milk, flour, grain, baking supplies, fruits. veggies, spices; any dish can be made.
A sampling of the dishes can look like this:
pancakes and eggs
corn fritters
cakes
casseroles
rice and beans

If you have anything to add to this list (it was made from memory) please add a comment to help other readers be prepared for life's little hiccups. 

Stay safe.


Corn fritters with peach jam.

Strawberry jam.

Home made bread before the oven!

Preparing breading for fried green tomatoes.

Yummy herb bread.

Dill picles

Canned beans and veggies

9 comments:

  1. In our cellar we stock up about 50 bottles (1 1/2 liter each) of mineral water and fruit juices and fruit syrups. Also canned
    sausage and Frankfurter sausage, lots of different home-made jams and tomato sauce. I buy pasta (noodles) only when there
    are special offers (mostly Italian Barilla), so I have large stocks. We also like cous-cous, which is very quickly prepared, so I
    have this too. And coffee and tea of course. If possible, I buy food when there are special offers and then a good supply.

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    1. I'm coming to your house for dinner! LOL I'll bring the wine!

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  2. Great list! Big fan of keeping dried lentils on hand to make soups or lentil burgers or lentil meatloaf. Also, which dry milk do you buy??

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    1. I did forget about lentils! I have some red ones, but you've peaked my interest with lentil meatloaf. I also love garbanzo beans. My favorite.

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    2. This is the one I made, you can adjust to what you want or don't want. I love the glaze for it as well!
      http://www.simple-veganista.com/2012/11/the-ultimate-vegetable-lentil-loaf.html

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    3. Thank you! A new experiment for me to keep me busy and out of trouble!

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  3. Thank you Angie this is such a good list.

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