Stocking Pantry, Refrigerator and Freezer

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Stocking Pantry, Refrigerator and Freezer

Below is my list of “Essentials”… Keeping your pantry, refrigerator and freezers stocked with the essentials will make life easier! Plan your week accordingly and make meals ahead so your busy week does not get in the way of a great meal. I also keep items stocked for last minute guests! I hope this list helps you to make things a little easier.

If you are following a diet or have dietary restrictions then this list will vary but it is a good guideline for everyday ingredients to keep handy!

Directions

  1. In the Pantry

        Here is a list of items that you should always have in the pantry.

     

      • Applesauce (unsweetened)
      • Arrowroot powder (thickening agent)
      • Artichokes (canned)
      • Baking powder
      • Baking sugar
      • Balsamic Vinegar
      • Bouillon cubes (beef and chicken, just in case you run out of chicken broth)
      • Bread crumbs (Italian and plain)
      • Brownie mix
      • Canned Tomatoes
      • Canned tuna
      • Canola oil
      • Cereals
      • Chestnuts
      • Chicken broth (stock, low sodium)
      • Chocolate
      • Chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
      • Cocoa
      • Coconut (shredded)
      • Cornstarch (great thickening agent)
      • Croutons
      • Dijon mustard
      • Flour
      • Gelatin
      • Honey
      • Nuts (almonds, pecans, pistachios, hazelnuts, wal-nuts)
      • Oatmeal
      • Oils
      • Olive oil
      • Onions
      • Peanut butter
      • Marinades
      • Pasta
      • Potatoes
      • Preserves
      • Pudding
      • Pepper (black)
      • Rice
      • Roasted Red Peppers
      • Sea Salt
      • Soy sauce
      • Stocks of broth (chicken, beef, and vegetable)
      • Spices and dried herbs
      • Sugar
      • Syrups
      • Tomato sauce and paste
      • Tuna (canned)
      • Vinegar
      • Worcestershire Sauce

    In the Refrigerator

            Here is a list of items for the refrigerator. These are items you will use often. Buy only what you need for the week, as refrigerator life on most foods is very short.

     

          • Butter (keep an extra box in the freezer—I buy unsalted)
          • Buttermilk (only if you plan on using during the week – it also comes in powder)
          • CapersCreams (if you plan on baking—half-and-half, light cream, heavy cream, sour cream, cream cheese)
          • Dijon mustard
          • Eggs
          • Fresh fruits
          • Fresh protein (chicken, meat, pork)
          • Garlic (fresh and minced in a jar)
          • Hummus
          • Lemon juice
          • Lime juice
          • Mayonnaise
          • Milk (skim or 1 percent)
          • Onions
          • Orange juice
          • Salsa
          • Yogurt
          • Vegetables
          • Worcestershire sauce

    In the Freezer

            Here is a list of food to keep in your freezer. If you are at the grocery store and poultry, meats, or fish are on sale, buy them now and freeze for later.

     

          • Bread
          • Frozen bagels
          • Frozen vegetables
          • Broccoli
          • Chopped onion (great for cooking when you don’t have a fresh one handy)
          • Corn
          • Green beans
          • Peas
          • Shredded potatoes
          • Spinach (chopped and leaf)
          • Frozen fruit (when your bananas are getting too ripe and you’re not going to use them, peel and freeze them—they’re great for smoothies)
          • Ginger (great for cooking and tea)
          • Lean ground turkey or chicken (buy in bulk and put in individual freezer-safe bags)
          • Leftovers (freeze in single-serving containers—great for easy reheating; make a salad, and dinner is done!)
          • Nuts (they keep longer in the freezer (raw and pine nuts)
          • Parmesan cheese rind (great for extra flavor in soup)
          • Prime cuts of beef (if you’re going to spend the money to buy them, enjoy them fresh)
          • Raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
          • Sausage (breakfast and Italian)
          • Unsalted nuts (buy in bulk and leave in the freezer)
          • Veggie or meat burgers (all prepared)

    Cindy’s Tips: Buy chicken and hamburger in bulk when on sale – put into individual freezer safe bags and ready to use! Also, when you make homemade marinara/tomato sauce – put in individual freezer bags, lay flat on top of each other.

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