Thursday, August 22, 2013

Stocking the Pantry





When it comes to preparing meals, having a stocked pantry can make the difference between ease and panic! It’s easy to prepare meals when the ingredients are readily available, but often we must make that emergency trip to the market for just a couple of things for dinner. And, if you’re like me, you’ll end up picking up “just a few things” and spending more money than you’d planned to spend.

Here’s a list of some items that are great to have on hand for all types of meals, and you, of course, can add whatever your family likes:

Canned or jar spaghetti sauce and marinara sauce
Canned tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste
Canned beans of all types, especially black beans and kidney beans
Canned mushrooms
Canned green chilies
Jars of pickles, olives, pimientos
Packets of taco seasoning, gravy mixes and salad dressing mixes
Chicken and beef broth in cans or boxes and bouillon cubes
Olive and vegetable oils, solid shortening
Flavored vinegars (balsamic, red wine, etc.)
Dry pasta in different shapes
Condensed mushroom and cream of chicken soup
Salsa and taco sauce
Baking mix (such as Bisquick) and corn muffin mixes
All-purpose flour, sugar, brown sugar
Baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch
Jars of minced garlic

Salt and pepper, as well as any herbs and spices you like
Peanut butter, jellies and jams
Pancake mix, syrup and honey
Pudding and gelatin mixes, canned pie filling, cake and brownie mixes

Simply put, stock the pantry with non-perishable foods, then all you’ll have to buy weekly are dairy products, meats and other perishable items.

If you’re like me you’ll have to hunt to find space for your pantry goods – I have an old entertainment center in the basement and a small metal cabinet with shelves in the kitchen. And, of course, the Hoosier cabinet! We all should be able to find room somewhere for food storage. Any cabinet or shelf will work.
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Today is Be An Angel Day, so be one!

Coming up are National Waffle Day (August 24), Kiss And Make Up Day (August 25) and National Dog Day (August 26).

Celebrate just for the sake of celebrating! Consider all your blessings and be grateful for them. And take some time to relax this weekend. I know it’s easier said than done, but I hope we’ll all give it a try.
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 "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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