I recently did a lot of Instagram stories (they are saved in my highlights) on what I think are staples in your dry goods pantry plus a few extra things that I like to always have around.
I had a lot of people request that I do this so there will be a series of different staples that I think help elevate your kitchen game.
I love beans. I love them in all forms and fashions. Raising four children there was a point where they all four were teenagers! Let’s just say, they ate a lot. Stretching that food budget was a daunting task. One thing that helped were beans. They are filling, have protein so they can keep you feeling full….well at least for an extra hour or so.
I associate tomatoes with summer. Maybe it’s because I grew up with my mom having a huge garden abundant in tomatoes. She would can them and my dad loved to put them in a little bowl with a bit of vinegar, salt and pepper. In the middle of a South Dakota winter, it was summer in a bowl. I also ate a lot of tomato sandwiches as a child. Nothing quite like some good mayo and a warm tomato with the juice dripping down your chin on a warm summer day.
I use canned tomatoes (or in a tube) on a weekly basis. Whip up a meal? No problem provided I have canned tomatoes in my pantry. There are plenty of recipes on my blog that use tomatoes. I will link some below with the appropriate type of tomato.
I love the added level of flavor, texture and health benefits of using them in my cooking. I love a lot of different types but a few of my favorites I will share with you.
People tend to think of rice as a boring side dish. Some of the older types of rice are becoming more popular and easier to get so it is opening a whole new world.
Capers, Caper Berries & Olives, oh my! I love natural salty things. I love pickled things. That makes this category probably my most used in my pantry.
I love fresh bread crumbs but I don’t always have the time to make them. I like to have both plain breadcrumbs and panko on hand.
I love spice! Adding a little bit to a recipe can add that zip to a dish that is missing. There all different types of peppery things out there but here are a few of my favorites.
I won’t go over each pasta style or we will be here for years! I love pasta. I try and buy dried pasta from Italy. I find spending that extra 1-2 dollars makes a world of difference in the land of pasta.
I divide it into two groups. Smaller cut shapes and long strands like spaghetti, linguini and fettuccine. I love shapes for things like my Blackened Beef Asian Noodle Salad.
Then there is the long strand variety to hold those perfect sauces. One of my favorite pasta dishes is Cacio e Pepe. Enough said.
This list could be extremely long but I decided to just add a few things that I use on a regular basis. I have a lot more things in my pantry that I make sure are always there but I might only reach for them once in awhile.
I hope you enjoyed this roundup. My goal is to empower you to feel more confident in the kitchen. Having a stocked pantry can help create an ease in the kitchen. You don’t have to try it all but I encourage you to try one or two new things and once you are comfortable add something new.
Please continue to follow my blog for recipes and I will try and come back and add links to those recipes.