Are you ready to have a stocked pantry, but you don’t know where to start? There are so many options to buy that sometimes you quit even before you get started. Don’t worry I’ll guide you through how to get started. Let’s talk about the top 10 pantry staples.
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Why Should You Have a Stocked Pantry?
Stress Relief: There is nothing more frustrating than being in the middle of making a recipe and realizing you are missing one or more ingredients. It’s so nice to have ingredients on hand.
Prepare for the Unexpected: Only the Lord knows tomorrow so it is wise for us to be prepared for what may come our way. A stocked pantry gives you the peace of mind knowing your family will not go without.
Start Slow: If you are just beginning your journey of building a stocked pantry, please know that you do not have to buy all of these at once. There is no shame in gradually building up your food supply so do what your budget allows and be proud of your progress.
Top 10 Pantry Staples
Flour is an important item to have on hand because it can be made into many items such as bread, biscuits, muffins, pancakes, flour tortillas, and even pasta. Two of my favorite gluten free flours for baking are Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 baking flour and Anthony’s blanched almond flour.
Money Saving Tip: Buy whole grains such as traditional oats, rice (white or brown), Quinoa, Sorghum, and mill them into flour yourself. The grains store for many years if stored properly and freshly milled flour gives you a healthier flour to work with.
You need salt to live. Aside from that though, salt makes everything taste better. When you begin to cook from scratch, home can, and begin making your own food products, you will be surprised at how much salt you use. My favorites are Redmond’s Real Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt.
Leaveners make little air pockets in your baked goods and give rise to your bread. They improve the texture of your food so that you can have a light and fluffy cake. Common leaveners are yeast, baking powder, and baking soda.
Pro tip: Keep a small amount of yeast in your baking cabinets and store the remainder in the freezer. This way your yeast will stay fresh for a long period of time. You can do the same with baking powder if you feel like you are not going to use it in a timely manner.
6. Dry Beans and Pulses
Oils play an important part in everyday cooking and baking. Whether sautéing vegetables, baking muffins, or making a homemade salad dressing you need oil. Try and choose oils that are shelf stable (which means they do not need refrigeration and will last a long time in storage). A few of my favorites are coconut oil and avocado oil. Another great option is ghee.
Pasta is a must have at our house. The kids do not want to live without their mac-n-cheese and spaghetti! It stores well and makes for a quick meal when you are short on time. Our favorite brand is Tinkyada gluten free pasta.
Your baked goods will not be as tasty without sweeteners. Not only do they satisfy your sweet tooth, but sweeteners can provide extra nutrition to your food. That is why it is so important to use natural sweeteners in all of your cooking and baking. My favorites are honey and maple syrup. We do use organic sugar for making kombucha.
10. Herbs and Spices
Last but not least. Dried seasonings! They make your food full of flavor and taste much better. You can make homemade seasoning blends, and condiments that cost less and taste much better. A few to get started with is garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, oregano, and basil.
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