It’s true, we live in busy times when the hours of the day seem to never be enough. This is why keeping certain items stocked in your pantry is crucial for helping you prepare delicious meals without having to run to the grocery store each time you set foot in the kitchen.
Garlic & Onions
The unsung heroes of the most delicious meals are garlic and onions. They are packed with flavor, and the best thing is they can last for weeks and weeks in a cool and dark pantry.
Let’s face it, you can’t do much with a dry skillet, so stocking your pantry with cooking oil is absolutely imperative. The benefit of olive oil is that you can use it for a wide range of purposes, ranging from salad dressings to baking to sautéing. You might want to stock a neutral oil as well for roasting and frying.
Kosher Salt & Pepper – The Ultimate Pantry Staples
Most meals can survive without most spices, but salt and black pepper are the backbone of every tasty dish. If you have to keep only two things for seasoning, these two should be it. The advantage of Kosher salt is that its larger crystals make it harder for you to accidentally over-salt a meal. As for pepper, make sure to stock it freshly ground because it just doesn’t taste the same if it’s pre-ground.
Rice, Grains & Beans
These three, when stored dried, can last a long time and are practically meals of their own. Rice is affordable, and it just needs some veggies to make a healthy and tasty meal out of it. The same holds true for grains, oatmeal, polenta, quinoa – they are relatively cheap and will make for the perfect addition to breakfasts, salads, and even sweets. Beans are packed with protein and fiber, and make for delicious meals.
Canned Tomatoes & Dried Pasta
Whether they are diced, peeled, in the form of a paste. tomatoes go well with everything. They are the flavourful base for sauces, pasta, soups, pizza, everything really. And since we already mentioned pasta, you absolutely need to have dried pasta in your pantry. It takes just a couple of minutes to create a scrumptious dinner out of it.