Saturday, May 26, 2012

A well-stocked pantry...

I used to think I can get by without stocking so much goods, since there are now so many supermarkets nearby our place. But in anyone's kitchen nothing beats a well-stocked pantry. There's no harm in stocking items that have a long shelflife, and at the same time we always have to be prepared for emergencies, even minor ones.
Its about time I review the items that my family needs. My list will be far different from yours...
My ideal pantry would include the following:

1. Canned goods - as always, its the best emergency food. My canned goods would definitely exclude SPAM and similar processed meats. It would also exclude spicy hot-flavored anything. I would definitely stock up on good-quality Tuna, sardines, mushrooms, garbanzos, corn, baked beans, chili con carne and other canned fish or meat for variety.
2. Vegetable oils - Extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, corn oil, sesame oil and coconut oil
3. Bottled items - Spaghetti sauce, Black olives, green olives, marinades
4. Tetra-packed - Soymilk, almond milk, cow's milk (used only occasionally and mostly to add to recipes)
5. Grains - rice (different varieties, including glutinous rice), quick-cooking oatmeal, spaghetti
6. Dry beans, peas and nuts - kidney, white beans, lentils, green peas, peanuts, pistachios, almonds
7. Beverages - Coffee (mostly 3-in-1), Green tea, other herbal teas, distilled water
8. Spices and condiments - Sea salt, black pepper, Kikkoman soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, white wine for cooking
9. Flour products including hotcake mix, used occasionally.
10. Sweets and desserts - brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave, cooking chocolate, dark chocolate bar
11. Fresh produce - green leafy vegetables (esp. malunggay, kamote tops, leeks), tomatoes,  cucumbers, lettuce, lemongrass, lemons, oranges, bananas, mangoes, other fruits and vegetables in season.
12. Meat, poultry, eggs, some lean ground beef, chicken for soup stock
13. Butter, Cheese - Parmesan, cottage cheese, cheddar and others to try.

I read some good tips here on how to have a well-stocked pantry.
I better start stocking up, and maybe I can also show you a photo of my pantry :)

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