The Gleeful Gourmand: The Well-Stocked Pantry

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Well-Stocked Pantry

Ever heard this term? It refers to a pantry that has all the essentials a cook feels they need to have on hand at all times. It’s especially useful to have a well-stocked pantry when you need to whip something up hurry and don’t want to run to the store. When we bought our house, it took me a while to compile my own list of what I deemed “essential” in my pantry. I started by looking up the term online and sneaking a peak in other people’s pantries (this is probably a revelation to my friends and family – you had no idea I was snooping around in your pantries, did you?). What I’ve determined is that “well-stocked” is different for everyone. So over the next couple of weeks I’m running a series on a handful of different pantries that I think are really interesting, and are different from my own. Hopefully we’ll all get inspired as we peek into their pantries!

And, in fairness, I’ve included my own (and yes, that is my pantry in all its glory featured at the left). I left out refrigerator staples, just because the list would get way too long, and items in there are always fluctuating. This is simply stuff I always have on hand, and immediately replace when I run out.

Baking Needs:
Good vanilla (I use Nielsen-Massey’s Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)
All-purpose flour
Sugar: Brown, white, confectioner’s
Baking soda/powder
Syrup: Maple, corn (light and dark)
Natural unsweetened cocoa
Brownie mix
Cake mixes
Chocolate chips (semi-sweet, both mini and regular)
Canned pumpkin
Oatmeal (old-fashioned)

Cooking Staples:
Oils: Olive, Vegetable, Canola
Vinegar: Red wine, white wine, balsamic, distilled white (mostly for cleaning purposes)
Spaghetti/Dried pasta
Canned Vegetables: Corn, tomatoes, black beans
Chicken noodle soups, vegetable soups
Peanut butter/Soy nut butter
Italian breadcrumbs
Rice: Arborio, Brown
Ginger Ale
Condiments: Ketchup, Mustard, Dijon, Salsa (these are also in the fridge, but I always have backups on hand)

Of course I have another pantry shelf devoted entirely to herbs and spices (which I don’t need to get into here, because it would put you all to sleep), and then I have some kid staples that my son likes such as Animal Crackers, V8 Fusion Juice, Goldfish, etc. So now that you’ve had a look in my pantry did you find anything unusual? Pretty ho-hum? Leave it in the comments!


Kirsten Oliphant said...

I have to watch out in my pantry that I don't keep chocolate. I can't keep it because I eat it in moments of weakness. Same with cake and brownie mixes--when I need those I go buy them for occasions. Sad, huh? I have a sweet tooth like no other.

I also would say that one of my absolute top things I keep and go bananas if I'm out of is canned tomatoes. I am addicted to them and use them in everything. I can make an amazing meal work with that and about any other ingredient. I tend to get great sales with these using coupons (recently got Hunts for something like 19 cents a can) and love the diced with garlic, onion, and oregano. Also love crushed for when I'm making sauce. Yum.

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