A well stocked pantry can make your life a great deal easier as well as save you money in the long run. I had reason to beef up my pantry in the last week due to an infestation of pantry moths. Yes, I am here announcing to the internet that there were bugs in my pantry. I’ve been fighting the #$(&$@! little buggers for a while now and last week I think I may have finally won. The problem was I had to throw just about everything in the pantry other than canned goods. I have done this a few times in the last few months but this time I found a colony/nest/big hairy pile of them. I ahdn’t successfully found the nest before.
They are nasty.
So I threw out everything and wiped everything first with vinegar and then eucalytus oil. Then when it dried I put everything back. Neatly. The breads and cereals are being stored in the extra fridge for a few weeks to make sure they littl creatures are really gone. The nuts, dried beans and homemade bread crumbs are living in the freezer and chips are in the fridge in the kitchen. Flours and grains are stored on metal shelving in the kitchen in tightly lidded glass drawers.
So what consitutes a well-stocked pantry? Here’s what works for us:
Butter (salted and unsalted)
Cheese (cheddar both sharp and mild, jack, pepper jack, mozzarella, parmesan, romano, feta and cream)
Salad lettuces and veggies
Extra virgin olive oil
Vinegars (apple cider, red wine, rice,)
BBQ sauce (homemade in the fridge)
This is a really long list, suffice to say I have about thirty mason jars of dried spices which I buy in bulk here . We tend towards those spices that enhance italian and mexican foods although I am considering trying some Indian dishes this winter.
Salt (kosher and sea salt)
Pepper (black ground and peppercorns) I don’t care for white pepper so I don’t stock it.
Garlic (chopped in oil and whole cloves)
Onions (diced in the freezer, pearl in the freezer and whole in baskets)
Ginger (fresh in fridge)
Maple syrup (real, not the chemical junk)
Lyles Golden Syrup
Honey (local for allergies, raw for cooking and tonics, organic for tea)
Beans (red kidney, black beans, garbanzo)
Tomatoes (stewed, sauce, diced, crushed and paste)
Flour (white, bread, whole wheat, rye, almond, flax)
Dried black beans
I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting a bunch of stuff but that’s the bulk of it. From this list I can pull together a quick meal even if we don’t have meat (or I haven’t thawed any). I’ll post more about stocking the freezer with pre-made meals in the future.
This week’s plan”
Chicken noodle soup
Pancakes and sausage
(Mama is traveling so this will be made before I go, hopefully they will eat it)
(Mama is still traveling)
Dad is in charge.
(Mama arrives home)
I will have to see the state of things when I get home, we may need to order in :),
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