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:
dry (raisins and apricots contain iron)
any spice blend you use on a regular basis
Cooking oils and fats
Grains (and more)
oats (can be ground down to add to bread)
dried beans (your choice)
vinegar (lots of uses for vinegar including disinfecting)
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
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.
|Corn fritters with peach jam.|
|Home made bread before the oven!|
|Preparing breading for fried green tomatoes.|
|Yummy herb bread.|
|Canned beans and veggies|