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    Pantry Basics

    Molly53
    Sat May 29, 2010 4:07 pm
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    A good basic selection of pantry basics might include the following items (you can certainly have more, but you can get along in most cases with these) If you're on a budget, many of them are available at the dollar store, although the true foodies might shudder:
    Salt
    Pepper
    Garlic powder
    Oregano
    Rosemary
    Parmesan cheese
    Cinnamon
    Nutmeg
    Sugar
    Powdered Sugar
    Brown Sugar
    Vanilla Extract
    Cocoa powder
    Flour
    Corn Meal
    Baking Soda
    Baking Powder
    Instant yeast packets
    Vegetable or Corn Oil
    Olive Oil
    Crisco or other vegetable shortening
    White vinegar
    Cider vinegar
    Rice
    Noodles
    Spaghetti noodles
    Cream of Mushroom soup
    Instant onion soup
    Canned tomatoes
    Spaghetti Sauce
    Ketchup
    Mustard
    Mayonnaise
    Saltine crackers
    Graham Crackers
    Baked Beans
    Evaporated Milk

    On hand, we try to keep (sometimes more successfully than others):
    Milk
    Eggs
    Bacon
    Cheese
    Carrots
    Celery
    Onions
    Potatoes
    Lettuce
    Apples
    Fresh Garlic

    In the freezer:
    Green Beans
    Broccoli Crowns (the other broccoli has too much of the woody stems)
    Peas
    Corn
    Cool Whip
    Pizza

    A good knife is essential in the kitchen. Cheap knives are NOT a bargain. They won't hold an edge and won't cut straight. You should be able to get a really nice one that will hold an edge at www.acemart.com for under $35.



    If you have other suggestions for basics, please feel free to add. icon_smile.gif


    Last edited by Molly53 on Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:32 pm, edited 3 times in total
    kali's nana
    Sat May 29, 2010 4:40 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Also for the freezer, you might want to chop up celery, onions. I have on hand to, is strawberries, blueberries. Have rolled pie crust in freezer to as they come in hand for your pies and for making meaty pot pies for the family. I also use them for little bites with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled all over it and pop it in the oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
    PaulaG
    Sun May 30, 2010 9:17 am
    Forum Host
    Chef 931683 wrote:
    Also for the freezer, you might want to chop up celery, onions. I have on hand to, is strawberries, blueberries. Have rolled pie crust in freezer to as they come in hand for your pies and for making meaty pot pies for the family. I also use them for little bites with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled all over it and pop it in the oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.


    I always rolled the scrap pie crust, brushed with melted butter and then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. They were rolled up cut into "cinnamon roll" bites and bakes. My kids loved them when they were growing up.
    Auntie Jan
    Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:41 pm
    Forum Host
    I love this list...it has everything on it that every cook should have. I printed it off and put it on the fridge to keep track of what all I need.

    Thanks for posting Molly!
    Ms. Mayhams
    Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:46 pm
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    I love this list and think that it is a great idea to have something like this around for "new" cooks.
    I make a lot of my own mixes from the stuff that I have on hand so other stuff could be:
    corn starch
    beef and chicken bullion cubes or granules
    chili powder
    cumin
    butter milk powder( if you are not a big buttermilk user)
    Dry onion flakes
    In all I try to keep a very well stocked spice rack with a lot of different spices for making home made mixes like
    "Taco Bell Taco Seasoning Clone/Copycat" that I will make when I need for it only take a minute or two.
    I also keep whole wheat flour and bread flour on hand for making homemade breads(when my oven is not broke)
    I make my own spaghetti sauce and put in freezer. hope this help some others out with stocking there kitchens for cooking.
    Gloria 15x
    Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:49 pm
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    Kick in the dehydrator! I keep dehydrated onions, celery, bell peppers and carrots at all times. My cupboards are full so I put them in food saver bags and hide them wherever I can (on top of my cabinets). There is a small ledge so no one knows but me.
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