Sunday, January 29, 2012
Filling the pantry
Okay is your list getting longer? Don't worry take your time, these are only suggestions. While some families consider chips, cereal and snacks as must haves others can't be without pasta, feta cheese and imported olives. This is only a reference list. I have learned by trial and error a lot of what to stock and what not to have living on the shelves..Again I am not a professional chef, experience with preparing meals as a mom and wife, we raised most of our own food and dried, canned and preserved many fruits and vegetables and herbs when my kids were growing up and I was not a master at that either.. but Loved it... so enjoy your time in the kitchen....and (Oh Yes, I will give some recipes for some of these items for you to make from scratch, but also sometimes you just don't have time to make them especially when unexpected company arrives just in time for dinner)....Believe me, I have been there....talk about panic! I think that's when I learned to roll with the punches and there was always dessert...to smooth things over..who can turn down chocolate cake or peanut butter cookies?
Beans ( canned and dry)
Broth ( chicken , beef and vegetable)
Cake mixes with frosting
Canned diced tomatoes
Canned tomato paste and sauce
Canned tuna & chicken
Dried soup mix
Gelatin ( flavored and plain)
Jarred salsa Milk ( evaporated and sweetened condensed)
No Fat dry milk
Rice (white and brown)
Go ahead and check your local newspapers and magazine adverts for some coupons on any of these items..clip them out and carry them with you to the grocery store, You can always save some money here.
Check out the bulk food sections too... many items are less costly when you can control the size you want.
Spices and Seasonings are next on the list.... along with fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry and fish.. Think about cleaning out the freezer of stuff you have not eaten in the past 3 months...most things are in need of composting..you tossed it in there thinking you'd eat it another time..... (* you know who you are) start over fresh....
Enjoy your Sunday Paper....now where did you, hubby or the kids put the scissors....
Any other questions?