Pantry

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Pantry Must Haves

 Here I composed a list of essential ingredients you should always have on hand. These basic food items will allow you to whip up endless meals on a moment’s notice. One ingredient may be used in a number of ways but, some have their own purpose. It’s always good to have base foods to build off of in your pantry.

  • Kosher salt
  • Fine salt
  • Black peppercorns
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Balsamic or sherry vinegar
  • Rice vinegar (unseasoned)

         Baking

  • Flour: all purpose, whole wheat or pastry
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Cream of tartar
  • Cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • Chocolate: chips or bar
  • Evaporated milk
  • Pure vanilla extract

        Rice and Grains

  • Long-grain white rice
  • Brown rice
  • Grains: bulgur, quinoa, couscous or farro
  • Pasta: standard, whole grain, rice noodles or egg noodles
  • Polenta
  • Breadcrumbs: plain or panko

        Canned Goods

  • Chicken broth
  • Beans: cannellini, navy, chickpeas or black
  • Vegetables: hominy, corn or green beans
  • Olives or capers
  • Chiles: chipotles in adobo or pickled jalapenos
  • Salsa
  • Tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Tuna
  • Anchovy fillets or paste

Dried Herbs and Spices

  • Bay leaves
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Curry powder
  • Fennel or dill seed
  • Granulated garlic
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground cloves
  • Ground cumin
  • Ground ginger
  • Oregano
  • Paprika: sweet and smoked
  • Rosemary
  • Sesame seeds
  • Thyme
  • Whole nutmeg