Stocking Up Tips for Creating a Well Maintained Pantry
Welcome back to the Liv Northgate Blog. This week we are sharing some tips for stocking your kitchen with the foods you use the most —plus suggestions for what to keep on hand to make a quick meal without having to run to the nearest Gilbert supermarket.
Pantry Organization Tips
Keep heavier seldom-used foods and cooking ware on the bottom shelves; lightweight seasonal items on the top shelves, and the things you use daily on middle shelves within easy reach.
Use uniform size containers for storage. Square or rectangular containers use available space more efficiently. Labeling is your friend!
Create a space in your budget for pantry items; that way when something you use often goes on sale, you can stock up.
Keep the fixings for several meals on hand. When you are too tired to figure out something for dinner or you have unexpected guests, a well-stocked pantry is a godsend.
Food to Keep on Hand
Pasta and Grains — spaghetti, fettuccine, rolled oats, couscous, white rice, bread crumbs
Baking Essentials — flour, baking powder, baking soda, yeast, white sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, chocolate chips, maple syrup, brownie mixes, cake mixes
Herbs and Spices — salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, cinnamon, nutmeg, basil, curry powder, taco seasoning, allspice, parsley
Beans and Nuts — peanuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, chia seeds, kidney beans, black beans
Canned Goods — tomato sauce, tomato paste, chicken broth, olives, peanut butter, salsa
Oils and Sauces — olive oil, coconut oil, white vinegar, balsamic vinegar, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, sriracha
These items will help you to be able to make a lot of dishes. Of course, before making any meal, check your pantry to see if you have everything you need. Compile a few of your favorite recipes together and make a grocery list to ensure you can always make those things from Arizona’s southwestern specialties to gourmet European inspired meals.
As you cook and entertain others, you’ll figure out what you need to get each time at the grocery store. No matter what essentials make the list, purchase things you love and will eat. This will eliminate waste and help to save you money in the long run! Thanks for reading this edition of the Liv Northgate Blog.