Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Kitchen essentials, part 2--pantry foods

I try to keep a well-stocked pantry, but I'm sure I have room for improvement. I'm always up for trying new ingredients and new dishes, so any input is welcome.

Essential Pantry Foods:
  • lots of canned tomato sauce, paste, and diced tomatoes
  • onions
  • potatoes
  • cream of mushroom, celery, and chicken soups
  • spaghetti or linguine
  • penne or ziti
  • shells or macaroni
  • 3-5 varieties of rice--minute rice, brown, white, Arborio (ideal for risotto), basmati (ideal for Asian food), wild, etc.
  • raisins
  • saltine crackers
  • breadcrumbs
  • popcorn
  • tea
  • coffee
  • sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • self-rising flour
  • cornmeal
  • brown sugar
  • peanut butter
  • vinegar
  • olive oil
  • vegetable or canola oil
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • salt
  • pepper
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • cocoa powder
  • confectioner's sugar
  • cake flour
  • Crisco
  • vanilla extract
  • chocolate chips
  • cinnamon
  • ginger
  • nutmeg
  • cloves
  • paprika
  • basil
  • oregano
  • cumin
  • ground mustard
  • coriander
  • bay leaves
  • garlic powder
  • celery seed
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • cayenne
  • chili powder
  • onion powder
  • dill
  • crushed red pepper
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • allspice
  • chives
  • parsley
  • chives
  • chicken and beef bouillon
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • soy sauce
  • ketchup
  • mayonnaise
  • mustard
  • syrup
  • honey
  • salad dressings
  • hot sauce
  • Tabasco sauce
  • pancake mix or Bisquick
  • pre-packaged sides (cheesy broccoli rice, shells and cheese, couscous, etc.)
  • canned tuna, salmon, or chicken
  • 2-3 varieties of beans--black, navy, kidney, pinto, etc.
  • lentils
  • applesauce
  • oatmeal
  • Cream of Wheat
  • 3-5 varieties of cold cereal
  • granola bars
  • animal crackers
  • fruit snacks
  • yeast
  • taco shells and/or tortillas
  • taco seasoning
  • chili seasoning
  • salsa