Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Better Safe than Sorry: Kitchen Staples

There are some things that you should always have in at your house…the little black dress, a flashlight, an umbrella, a pair of jeans, you know the basics. That same rule also applies towards your kitchen; there are some items you should always have on hand. I’ve compiled a short list of items that should be in your pantry. You might already have these but I figured I would share them with you so you can have a master list of these ‘must-haves’ of the pantry. Always remember to purchase when they are on sale, and stock up so you save money. For a great deal on spices go to the bulk stores (Sam’s, Costco, etc) they usually have restaurant size containers of spices for right around $3.

· olive oil
· vegetable oil
· balsamic Vinegar
· red wine vinegar
· kosher salt
· black pepper
· sea salt
· cayenne pepper
· chili powder
· red pepper flakes
· oregano
· thyme
· nutmeg
· rosemary
· ground cinnamon
· paprika
· chicken broth
· jarred pasta sauces (get both red and white)
· canned tuna
· canned beans (kidney and/or black)
· rice (white and/or brown)
· pasta (stick with the basics: ziti, linguini, spaghetti, macaroni)
· flour
· white sugar
· garlic (I use the already minced in a jar, last longer and the work is done for you)
· white wine
· red wine
· potatoes
· onions
· butter
· milk
· eggs
· dijon mustard
· cheese (choose a variety)
· lemon
· lime
· chicken breast
· ground beef or turkey
· bread

A few tips:

-usually you can find coupons for McCormick’s grinders or get them BOGO for the sea salt & blk pepper
-olive oil, pasta and pasta sauces are often BOGO at the groccery stores
-use coupons on tuna, pasta sauces, and pasta.
-remember the wine can be the cheap stuff, if it’s just for cooking
-buy meats at bulk clubs seperate into 1 or 2 lbs and freeze :)

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