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Today, we’ll look a little closer at items for the pantry. In case you’ve missed the previous posts:
I went through my shelves as I wrote this post, and jotted down what all we stock. You certainly don’t need everything here, and your family probably stocks completely different foods as well!
**Next week, I’ll offer a few online resources for some of the items below, so stay tuned.**
I consider the foods below essentials in our kitchen…
Grains & Flours
- variety of flours* – unbleached white flour & whole-wheat flour mix
- brown rice
- basmati or jasmine rice (sometimes the brown varieties)
- wild rice
- whole-wheat crackers or pretzels
- whole grain cereals such as oats
- whole grain (or a mix of white/wheat) pastas
- soba noodles (which we’ve only tried once, but I want to use it more).
*I’ll touch on gluten-free flours next week!
I keep both dried and canned beans on hand: black beans, pinto, garbanzo, great northern beans, kidney, lentils
Nuts, Seeds, Nut Butters, Dried Fruit
My kids would eat dried apricots all day if I let them! We also snack on:
- pumpkin or sunflower seeds
For baking we use pecans and walnuts, and in our smoothies chia seeds or flaxseeds. Our favorite nut butters are peanut and almond.
- raw apple cider vinegar
- red wine and balsamic vinegars
- extra-virgin olive oil
- unrefined cold-pressed coconut oil
Other Bottled Liquids/Items
worcestershire sauce, mirin, sesame oil, cooking wines, mustard, ketchup, salad dressings, Bragg’s liquid aminos, mayonnaise
To make your own salad dressings or teriyaki sauce, take a peek at my friend Lindsay’s recipes!
- agave nectar (not much)
- maple syrup
- raw honey
- turbinado sugar
- brown rice syrup (substitute for corn syrup)
- other choices could include rapadura, sucanat
tomatoes (diced, sauce, whole), coconut milk, canned beans, salmon, sardines (yes, some of us actually eat these!)
- variety of flours
- aluminum-free baking powder
- baking soda
- raw cacoa powder (for making chocolate peanut butter cups)
- baking spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.
- chocolate chips (when Amazon has a sale, I stock up!)
Culinary Herbs & Seasonings
unrefined sea salt (since receiving a sample, I’ve been faithfully using Redmond’s Real Salt – full of healthy minerals!), right now I use these herbs for cooking: thyme, oregano, rosemary, parsley, savory, chives, garlic (powder, minced, salt), cayenne peppper, chili powder, bay leaf, pepper (whole & I grind as needed).
Last year I began stocking a few of these to make teas.
- lemon balm
- red clover blossoms
- St. John’s Wort
- nettle leaf
- echinacea leaves
- licorice root
- chamomile flowers
- plantain leaves
- raspberry leaves
All our herbs are Mountain Rose Herbs brand, which I find at my local natural health food store; I’ve ordered from the site before with no issues.
Again, you don’t have to have everything here. I find when these pantry items are on hand, along with a few fridge/freezer items, meals are SO much easier to bring together! *Update: see what my blogger friend Kelly stores in her pantry!
What other pantry items do you stock?
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