After this last week, your pantry should be just about ready to go!
Today, we’re wrapping up the odds and ends we have in our pantry. Tomorrow, we’ll peek in the fridge, and starting Monday, we’ll embark on using these staples to make yummy dishes.
Pasta & Other Grains
Our pantry is filled with whole wheat pasta – penne, rigatoni, linguine, spaghetti, and lasagna noodles. We also have tri-colored rotini and a few white pastas (e.g., small shells – great for soups).
As far as rice goes, we have brown rice and wild rice. We have both standard-cook brown rice and minute brown rice.
We also have barley – which is great for soups. We only have the quick cooking barley on hand, but we use it often.
We have popcorn from Orville Redenbacher – perfect for an afternoon snack. The only bread crumbs we have other than our own are Panko bread crumbs. These are a wonderful bread crumb; fine and crispy they make a delicious crust on Parmesan crusted chicken.
Canned Good Basics
We don’t have too many canned goods around in our house, but we do have a few staples. We purchase these from Costco as their price per can is the best. These include: tomato paste, tomato sauce, diced & stewed tomatoes, beans (black and great white northern are our staples), occasionally we’ll have canned mushrooms too as a back up to fresh.
While we love making our own stock, but I like to have some on hand at all times. We’ve found Roundy’s Organic chicken stock as well as the Kirkland Organic brand to be our favorites. Both of these are low-sodium options too.
The challenge I’ve found with buying organic products – is the salt content!
While many of the non-organic products “no-salt-added” options, most organic products do not! At this point, it’s a real tough call for me. I have found, however, that the diced tomatoes from Del Monte have a very low sodium content. For now, we’ve gone to using organic products and have compensated for the high sodium values by not adding any salt to our tomato-based dishes. How do you handle this?
Chocolate & Other Yummies
These are my favorite pantry “other”. We have dark chocolate cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips on hand at all times. When they go on sale, we stock up. Our go-to price for chocolate chips is $1.88 … when that happens, we buy 12-15 bags. That lasts us until that $1.88 sale comes back again 6-8 months later.
We also have evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk on hand. I have made my own of these recipes, but sometimes it’s just nice to have a can on hand.
What are your “others” in your pantry?