I can't seem to get away from the 'kitchen' posts in this series! I do spend a fair amount of time in that room and one of the biggest responsibilities that I feel I have is to be sure my family is well-fed.
After the posts on organizing the pantry and on grocery shopping, I thought it would benefit us all to have a list of staples that are convenient to always have on hand. I will share my own list and you can feel free to share your ideas in the comments section. I've included fresh stuff as well as refrigerated and frozen stuff on my list, as well, and this reads a bit boring! It is, after all, just a list!
(By the way, I saved $60 on my grocery run last Friday!)
- In my house … gluten-free flours so we can safely feed our Em.
- White sugar
- Brown sugar
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Corn starch
- Cocoa powder
- Corn meal
- Vanilla flavoring (and lemon, orange, and almond, too!)
- Lipton Decaf teabags for iced tea
- Other tea bags for hot tea
- Coffee beans
- Orange juice, if it's on sale!
- Sometimes sodas, but rarely
- Mineral water
- Beans of all sorts: black beans, garbanzos, white beans, pinto beans
- Tomato sauce
- Tomato paste
- I don't use a lot of canned goods, really.
Condiments and other sauces:
- Olive oil
- Vegetable oil
- Red wine vinegar
- Apple cider vinegar
- Rice wine vinegar
- Barbecue sauce
- Salsa (rojo AND verde)
- Chocolate syrup (!)
- Peanut butter
- Soy milk
- Butter, or butter substitute
- Sour cream
- Cheddar cheese
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables:
- Seasonal fruit (berries, cantaloupes, and peaches in the summer/oranges, tangerines in the winter)
- Various frozen vegetables, mostly peas, corn, edamames, and spinach for us
- Various frozen fruits – I try to put these up myself during the season, but don't always do it.
- Ice cream – not a staple, but a common inhabitant of the second shelf in our freezer
- Meats that I've bought a volume of when it was on sale
- Meat stocks that I've made and frozen
Grains and other pantry dried goods:
- Brown jasmine rice (or white, your preference)
- Pasta—all sorts!
- Corn pasta
- Cous cous
- Dried beans (lentils, pinto, cannellini)
- Nuts: pecans, walnuts, pine nuts (I usually store these in the freezer, truth be told, because I don't want them to go rancid before I use them.)
- Bread crumbs
- Steel-cut oatmeal
- Sandwich bread
Spices (I have many more spices than these, but these would be considered staples in many dishes):
- Red pepper flakes
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
Other miscellaneous stuff:
- Microwave popcorn
- Granola bars
One last note … It seems that my 'staples' change a little with each season because of the types of foods we usually eat during those times.
So, how did I do? What staples do you always have on hand that I've missed on my list?