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Unread 07-21-2013, 01:00 AM   #1
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Let's stock a pantry!

I was thinking about how when I moved last year, I basically had to start over from zero with my pantry, and had to stock up all over again on the things I needed to create delicious foods and generally feed myself. So here's my list that I can think of for my personal pantry essentials.

What sorts of things do you need along with these things?

For Cooking Anything:
Kosher Salt
Black Peppercorns (and Grinder)
Olive Oil
Vegetable Oil

Wet Stuff:
Balsamic Vinegar
Tobasco Sauce
Worcestershire Sauce
Honey
Mexican Hot Sauce (Tapatio, Cholula, etc.)
Sriracha (a lot of Asian hot sauce in general)
Rice Wine Vinegar
Soy Sauce
Oyster Sauce
Hoisin Sauce
Fish Sauce
Sesame Oil
White Wine/Red Wine

Spices & Herbs:
Cumin
Chili Powder
Garlic Powder
(After listing out a bunch, I think the best descriptor of this category after this is... "various")

Dry Goods:
Granulated Sugar
Light Brown Sugar
All Purpose Flour
Baking Powder (keep it in the fridge)
Pasta (various)
Jasmine Rice
Rice Noodles
Rice Paper

Cans:
Chicken Stock
Tomatoes
Corn

Always in the fridge:
Eggs
Milk
Cheese
Butter
Salsa
PB&J
Ketchup
Dijon Mustard
Mayonnaise

Produce:
Lettuce (of whatever sort)
Onions
Garlic
Potatoes
Cabbage
Seasonal Fruit

Loaf of bread of some sort...

Discuss!

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Unread 07-21-2013, 04:47 AM   #2
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no vegemite??
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Unread 07-21-2013, 09:51 AM   #3
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no vegemite??
Haha. No.
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Unread 07-21-2013, 11:28 AM   #4
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A "frozen" section would be good, too. I like to keep things like frozen chopped onions, peppers, mushrooms, etc. on hand for use in a pinch. Sometimes, I go through periods where I don't use much fresh produce for a week or two. Other times I'll be shopping daily for more onions and peppers. Keeping some frozen means I don't always have to have fresh stuff on hand that goes bad after a few days.
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Onions should keep for a long, long time if stored in a cool, dark, dry space. And I go through mushrooms pretty fast when I get them, everything can use a little mushroom in it. Peppers, I've never actually tried them frozen. But I don't use them all too often. My freezer is generally used for meals that I've made in advance and not so much for ingredients.
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We mostly use our bread for toast, so we keep bread in the freezer. You've listed most of the essentials in our pantry, although I'd add couscous, canned tuna, dark chocolate, coffee beans, and beer.

We also don't keep as many Asian ingredients as you, although we do have hoisin, sriracha, sesame oil, soy sauce, and miso paste.
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also Milo Rainer .... you need milo
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also Milo Rainer .... you need milo
I think that's like Ovaltine? I don't think I've ever seen Milo in the States.
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yeah its a chocolate drink ... made by Nestle`, we get Ovaltine here though so it might be similar.
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Add the vegetarian-friendly basics:


- vegetable stock
- 2 - 3 different kinds of beans (black, pinto, garbanzo are my favorite), cans and/or bags. bags are cheaper, cans are more convenient and don't require planning.
- bag(s) of lentils
- nuts/seeds/legumes
- popcorn: I make mine stove top, air popped is also acceptable if you like food that tastes like cardboard
- TVP (textured vegetable protein), good for adding bulk and protein to lots of things like tacos/burritos, soups, casseroles, etc.
- frozen fruit for smoothies
- tea, so much tea
- stevia extract drops if you're into that sort of thing
- vegenaise (in lieu of mayonnaise - don't knock it 'til you try it, it's amazing)
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Garbanzo beans in my kitchen turn into hummus post-haste.
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Onions should keep for a long, long time if stored in a cool, dark, dry space. And I go through mushrooms pretty fast when I get them, everything can use a little mushroom in it. Peppers, I've never actually tried them frozen. But I don't use them all too often. My freezer is generally used for meals that I've made in advance and not so much for ingredients.
I have a medical condition called produce amnesia. I tend to forget about anything placed in the crisper drawer of my fridge. I love mushrooms, but last time I bought them I ended up with a rancid brown slime in the bottom of the drawer. Quite unpleasant.

We can get Milo here. I see it a lot in the Hispanic section of the grocery store (at least I did in South Florida).
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Unread 07-22-2013, 09:57 AM   #13
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and beer
Yeah, this is pretty essential.
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I have a medical condition called produce amnesia. I tend to forget about anything placed in the crisper drawer of my fridge. I love mushrooms, but last time I bought them I ended up with a rancid brown slime in the bottom of the drawer. Quite unpleasant.
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Unread 07-25-2013, 01:00 AM   #15
now a spiced muffin.
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I have a medical condition called produce amnesia. I tend to forget about anything placed in the crisper drawer of my fridge.
THAT'S what it's called! have they discovered a cure yet, because i have a bad case!!
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