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Cooking Essentials – Bounteous Pantry
March 24th, 2009 by Foodie

An essential part of cooking on the fly, or being able to throw a meal together, is a well stocked pantry. Having essential ingredients on hand can make the difference between preparing a fresh, tasty, homemade meal, or ordering a pizza. If you have what you need to put a quick meal together, you’re more likely to prepare something, and less likely to order that disgusting pizza (OK, I admit they’re good during football season, with a beer). Below are some essentials which should always be found in your pantry or kitchen cupboards.

Oils:

Pure olive oil for cooking and extra virgin olive oil for toppings and dressings. You should also keep sesame oil around for dressings and delicious Asian sauces.

Vinegar:

Always have the essential standby vinegars on hand. These include white and red wine vinegar, aged balsamic, malt, and cider. It’s also a good idea to have some inexpensive sherry.

Sauces and Flavorings:

Ketchup, Tabasco, worcestershire sauce, and yellow, Dijon, and whole grain mustard.

Asian Ingredients:

Canned coconut milk, light and dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, sweet chili sauce, fish sauce and rice wine.

Baking Ingredients:

All Pupose, as well as some self rising flour. Sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, baking soda, and corn starch.

Preserved Vegetables:

I always keep artichoke hearts in the fridge, as well as some sun-dried tomatoes and pickles.

Pasta, Grains, and Noodles:

Keep a wide selection of pasta on hand such as spaghetti, fettuccine, penne, and fusilli. Rice is easy to store and should always be accessible in your kitchen. Couscous, bulgur wheat, and rice noodles are also easy to throw together to complete a meal.

Conclusion:

Although the above list is not conclusive, it’s a solid start to a well stocked pantry. Consider the above info a shopping list if you don’t already have the items on hand. It will be quite expensive to properly stock your pantry the first time, but once it’s done, you’ll never have to spend quite so much again. Most of these ingredients last for months and when you run out of something, it’s only a few bucks to replace that one item.

You can now look forward to a brighter cooking future!

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9 Responses  
  • yolanda writes:
    August 28th, 20095:43 pmat

    i only cook at home always looking to learn something new or a new ideas yes i agree with a well stocked pantry my kids tell people that (my mom can make something out of nothing ramsey thank you for your expertize to the smaller homecook

  • Dave Johnson writes:
    July 5th, 201010:42 amat

    How could you forget the Garlic!!!

  • Mary writes:
    February 3rd, 20111:51 amat

    I was reading the pantry list and under vinegars saw an item I have never seen before. Can you please tell me where I can purchase Red WHINE vinegar? LOL. yes I know it’s a misprint, thought you would like a laugh for the day.

  • Foodie writes:
    February 14th, 201110:55 pmat

    I suppose you can get some “whine” from your hungry kids while you stock the pantry. Thanks for the sharp editing. I’ve changed the article to correct the typo. Yes, you did make me chuckle with your comment. :)

  • Patty writes:
    April 2nd, 20115:52 amat

    I love pickles and I found the best ever!!! It is called Sechler’s Fine Pickles. The have wonderful flavors. My favorite has to be the Orange Strip and the Orange Chunk. I could go on and on….I always have Sechler’s in my kitchen.

  • Kitch Newb Baddington writes:
    June 26th, 20125:42 pmat

    I’m inspired by Chef Gordon, after watching 4 seasons of Hell’s Kitchen I decided to stop spending a bunch of money on food when I can rouse up some cooking and develop some skills. Being single, that atrocious pizza was my very first pick for dinner after taking a glance at my mediocre-ly stacked pantry. I’m looking at switching my game up and this is a great way to fire the engines. I also found a typo, All Pupose flour. Thanks for posting this, I feel like I can start taking control of what I eat more responsibly.

  • Cockney girl writes:
    September 18th, 20128:59 amat

    Ready to go shopping have half the items but need the rest! Looking forward to trying some new recipes this winter cheers!

  • Cockney girl writes:
    September 18th, 20129:03 amat

    Hi patty I forgot to mention I hope u find those pickles lol!

  • Cockney girl writes:
    September 18th, 20129:05 amat

    Sorry I meant to say “I” hope I find those pickles!!


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