Pantry Staples

Now that it’s winter, I want to make as few trips to the shops as possible, and have a well stocked pantry so that I can simply buy fresh meat, veges and fruit to make a meal.  Here is what I consider essential to have on hand in the pantry:

  • Chicken stock – Campbell’s Real Stock in Chicken for soups, beef for stews and casseroles
  • Canned tomatoes – for soups, casseroles, pasta
  • Dried herbs – for when the herb garden has frozen to death
  • Carbs – pasta (spaghetti, macaroni, risoni for stews), jasmine rice for Asian food, arborio for risottos
  • Long life milk just in case!
  • Flours, sugar, eggs and butter (in the fridge) to make cakes and sweets – it’s amazing how many things these four things can make – cakes, pancakes, scones. for all those last minute visitors.
  • A packet of frozen beeries in the freezer – can add to pancakes, smoothies, muffins, desserts
  • Chickpeas for stews, casseroles and soups
  • Honey and peanut butter for my toast
  • Rolled oats, brown sugar to make steaming hot porridge

These are all things that don’t perish and you can just keep replenishing as you need.  What have I missed that you consider critical? :)

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