Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pantry Necessities

I think everyone has a master list of stuff you have in your pantry, your go-to stuff you can make a meal out of when unexpected company shows up, or just what you perceive of as the STUFF YOU HAVE TO HAVE ON HAND.

I've got the basics, flour, sugar, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, chocolate chips, coconut, Craisons, oatmeal, confectioners sugar, and walnuts and pecans for baking and always have some marzipan on hand (I did mention I was Danish didn't I?).
Sorry, it's a little messy in there.

Gotta have the necessities.

 And everything is either plastic containers or ziploc bags.  (I know the bag of sugar isn't, but I just bought that and it's now in a container).     Florida is notorious for bugs, and you don't want an infestation of them.  
As well as always keeping a couple of pounds of butter in the fridge just in case a cookie attack happens and you need to make an emergency batch of  Kitchen Sink Cookies 
I also keep an array of canned goods handy.     Always have stuff for making Spaghetti sauce (and sometimes I cheat and start with a can of spaghetti sauce and doctor it up)  or Mexican food on hand.

Check out how to store small glass bottles in Beer 6 pack cartons

Plus odds and ends of hot sauces, pickles and olives, and other sauces as well.     

Best ever Olives, if you can find them. 

 And if you noticed what looks like six packs of beer on the wire shelves, do you have any idea how handy those empty cartons are?   You can organize with them, put all those small bottles in them, and the bottles don't fall over, they stay put.    Those cartons are also handy outside during cookouts.   One of them will hold the ketchup, the mustard, a cup full of eating utensils, a handful of napkins, salt and pepper and some pickles.   See, I just filled up every spot, and they're easy to carry out.   

And this isn't even all the stuff, I also keep lots of other stuff handy.  
I get these at Sam's Club
And let's not forget some other basics, oatmeal and brown rice.  I also keep some long grain white rice, wild rice as well as short grain and sushi rice on hand.

So there you have it, most of what is in my pantry.   Oh wait a minute, I didn't show you the oils and vinegars, dang.   I also keep several kinds of vinegar handy.   Cider, balsamic, rice as well as plain old white vinegar.   And then there's the oils.   Always have Olive oil, peanut, canola, and toasted sesame seed oil on hand.   And I use all of them.   

And I didn't even touch on the freezer.   Mine is full to the brim at the moment, I took advantage of a couple of sales and now, well, I don't need to buy turkey for awhile. 

What's in your pantry? 
Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.


  1. great staples I think I would pass for having the right stuff! well done girlfriend!

  2. I know you would, I've seen the spices you take on vacation.


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