Q: “What would be the top ingredients to stock up on in the pantry? I [would like] to see a list of the main things to keep on hand to be able to whip up something!”
A: This is a great question! Yet it has a subjective answer, as everyone has different preferences when it comes to food. I really like Asian style cuisine, so a lot of our “staples” lean that way. But let’s say you prefer Italian, French or Latin foods. Your staples would likely be different. I’ll try to list some things I know Bruce always tries to have on hand. It may seem like it would cost a lot to have all this, but every other week, or once a month, pick something new up. Before you know it, you have a great selection.
* Eggs, Butter, Flour, Chocolate (or cocoa), Honey & Coconut Milk – We always have these. Basic dried herbs & spices: Garlic, onion, Badia Complete Seasoning, dill, red pepper, coriander, oregano, cloves, sage, etc… as many varieties as you can afford!
VEG: onions, garlic, potatoes, ginger, tomatoes (fresh or canned), carrots, green onions, fresh or dried mushrooms, cilantro & 1-2 fruits too
STARCH: basmati rice, red or wild rice,rotini, shell or elbow pasta, thin spaghetti, Chinese /raman style noodles (the ones in little nest shape), quinoa, dried beans, etc
Sauces: soy sauce, fish sauce, a good hot sauce (or 3), dijon, ketchup, red curry paste, veg &/or chicken stock base, hoisin sauce, rice wine vinegar, mayo, chili oil, peanut butter, sesame oil and his newest love, Korean Red Pepper Paste.
With these, plus your own personal favorites in the cupboards, you can always whip up pasta in tomato sauce, eggs & homefries, Korean BBQ, sweet grain porridge, half a dozen kinds of soups or salad dressings, Veg Lo Mein, Stir Fried Rice, curry stew, quinoa salad…you get the idea!
I am sure I forgot many things, but I think this is pretty representative of his favorite Kitchen Basics. Hope it helps!
- the PANTRY (thecornelldiet.wordpress.com)
- The Pantry Primer: Making Meals from Pantry Basics (theorganicprepper.ca)
- How to Stock Your Pantry Like a Natural Food Chef (dorothyhayneschhc.wordpress.com)