Pantry organization is an important aspect of any kitchen, as is knowing what to put in it. Here is a basic pantry list to ensure you have a supply of all the basic food staples for your kitchen.
If you’re wondering why organizing a pantry or having a basic pantry list is so important, ask yourself these questions:
If you answered yes to one (or all) of these questions, then you know why a list (and good pantry organizing) is important!
Below you’ll find a list of what every productive kitchen needs. When you’re out buying these items try to look for the best quality items you can afford. Do you really want to eat low-grade food? I thought not. Of course, you should let your food budget guide you, but you may not be buying some of these items every week so occasionally you can get the good stuff!
Oh, and feel free to print this list out and take it with you if you need to.
Pasta (mixture of spaghetti, fettuccine, penne, or your own favourites)
Hoi sin sauce
Note: You can buy either dried stock in cube form, or liquid stock.
Note: obviously these would be used frequently and bought regularly
This list should give you a good basis for creating delicious yet simple meals.
It is also important to ensure that your food pantry is suitable for storing food. It should not get too hot (or cold) and definitely should not be damp. Mould (or mold) loves food, so don’t let yours be a victim!
Most of the items above come in their own packets, tins or jars so they’re OK. But potatoes, onions, garlic and ginger doesn’t so it’s important to store them properly. What I do is store these items in cotton draw string bags (most department or homeware stores stock these). Potatoes have their own bag, and the onions, garlic and ginger go in another bag. You can put them all in individual bags if you want, but since garlic and ginger is small I just put them with the onions.