Be prepared pantry

When you are packing up, do you think about what you have in your pantry or what you might need at the new place? Being someone that cooks I like to have the basics of meal prep on hand. I have this vision of my new home having an amazing space for my pantry goods. I want labeled glass containers Right now our kitchen is so compact we have things in different places.

What you need might vary pending on the type of meals and baking are done in your home.

My home makes corn and gluten free. 

  • Flour (If you go gluten free without xanthan gum, you will need that too.)
  • Brown and white sugar
  • Salt
  • Spices (only what you would use in about 3 months. Spices are best when they are fresh. I grind many of mine fresh.
  • Baking powder (I buy corn free from my natural food store)
  • Baking soda
  • Maple syrup
  • Tapioca starch ( I thicken sauces and other foods with since I can’t use corn starch)
  • Chocolate chips or a vegan substitute
  • Soup stock (when I get to the new place I will make it home made again.)
  • Rice
  • Cooking oil
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Dried beans/lentils
  • Gluten free/ regular pasta
  • Non dairy milk/ powdered milk
  • Seeds/nuts
  • Canned tomatoes and tomato paste
  • Canned beans (chickpeas and black beans are our go to)
  • Gluten free rolled oats
  • Canned fish
  • Onion/ dried onion flakes
  • Garlic/ garlic powder
  • Bottled lemon juice (at our home we freeze whole lemons, taking them out and defrosting them when needed. Sometimes in the microwave) I use lemon juice in both salmon melts and hummus.
  • Canned or dried fruits or vegetables
  • Sauces and condiments

You can do some easy preparation to make many things to make life a bit quicker. When my family was at home I made biscuits and homemade soup. I would make a big batch and divide it into ziplock bags enough to make 8 or so at a time. We then would add the wet ingredients and make them fresh. They were a great midday snack.

This is biscuits recipe like the one I used, mine did not have milk powder or cream of tartar. You would add milk when you would make them. You cam make them vegan and gluten free. If you are allergic to nuts you can use any dairy free milk

photo by By Gemma Stafford | May 29, 2021  She has a great website with many wonderful ideas. https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/sage-and-cheddar-biscuits

If you are non vegan you can do mini fish melts on the biscuits Vegan could eat them with cooked beans, hummus or make vegan mini sliders.

Hope you can enjoy yummy homemade foods. I read many more people are enjoying more cooking at home with the pandemic restrictions. It would be nice to read some of your pantry dishes are or what different things you keep in your food storage.

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