Imagine that on getting to your pantry to pick up your favorite curry powder and dried thyme to spice your chicken sauce, you discovered that you had already exhausted the curry powder a week earlier while you prepared dinner. Then, you immediately turn to pick your car keys to get to the grocery shop to re-stock, but there is bad weather as it is raining heavily outside. What a frustrating situation. No one likes to find themself in such a situation, but if it is not adequately addressed, it may repeat itself. Before you read further, I suggest you go over to your pantry, including your refrigerator, freezer, and cupboard, to inspect and get rid of expired and foul-smelling items. Then take note of what you currently have so you can tick off your boxes after the essential items have been listed. I suppose you have carried out the instruction in the previous paragraph. Let us dive into the listing of the essential items that should be available in your pantry always.
- Oils and Vinegar
You cannot overlook the importance of oils and vinegar in the home. Oils used at home are vegetables, coconut, olive, avocado, canola, soybean, and sunflower oils used for baking, dressings, grilling, frying, and other cooking purposes. Oils are known to have vast health benefits like protecting the heart against diseases, the provision of fatty acids, and so on. Types of vinegar include apple ciders, red wines, and so on. Apple cider has been beneficial in that it aids weight loss. It also helps in reducing blood sugar levels and many other benefits. The red wines, just like the oils, help to prevent cardiovascular problems, decaying of the tooth, early aging, cancer, and so on.
Spices are used because of the distinct and pleasant flavors they add to foods. They include turmeric, which helps fight against bacteria, fungi, and other dangerous organisms in the body system; chili powder helps prevent catarrh and cough and enhances weight loss; garlic powder helps fight against bacteria and regulates blood pressure.
The ginger powder helps prevent cold and indigestion; the nutmeg provides sweet-smelling breath and serves as a sleep inducer. The black pepper enhances the shedding of pounds (bodyweight). It is also a source of vitamin C; we also have curry powder and dried thyme, to mention but a few.
- Nuts and nut butter
Nuts and nut butter have been proved very useful for the heart as they help prevent heart-related diseases. They have high valuable fiber content, and they act as anti-oxidants. Examples are almonds, walnuts, peanut butter, and so on.
Sweeteners give delicious aromas to food and beverages. Some of the benefits of using sweeteners are; they prevent tooth problems like decay, they are used by diabetic patients, to mention but a few. Examples are granulated sugar, honey, maple syrup, and so on.
- Baking ingredients
Baked snacks or foods have served as supplements to fried, grilled, and cooked foods. No one likes eating just a food pattern always as it is fantastic to switch to baked foods due to the difference in taste. Baking can be strenuous, yet it has been described as a fun-filled activity by most people. Some baking ingredients you would require in your pastry are flour, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, and so on.
- Cans and Jars
The cans and jars help keep your tomato paste, chicken stock, vegetable stocks, beans, coconut milk, and so on.
- Grains and Starches
Rice, pasta, dried lentils, crackers, and so on are essential in the pastry as you can easily prepare a sumptuous meal with the combination of rice or pasta with any of the items in the pantry.
Garlic, onions, potatoes, and so on are classified as produce. You can not overlook the importance of garlic and onions as they contribute to the sumptuousness of our meal due to the distinct tastes they give our foods. The produce also supplies excellent health benefits.
- Freezer items
your freezer may include fish, chickens, vegetables like spinach, fruits like berries, and so on based on preference.
- Dairy products
These include foods that are eggs, cheese, milk, and so on.
So do you think you have everything you need? If not, make a stop at the grocery store to stock up your pantry.