A well-stocked pantry is the key to ensuring you have everything you need to prepare healthy meals for your family, anytime. When you have basic food items at hand, supermarket trips may be less frequent; you’ll only need to shop for perishable goods when you run out of stock.
You don’t need to buy everything at once. Just purchase from online pound shops what you think you’ll need often. As a general rule, purchase perishable foods in smaller quantities and dry goods in bigger amounts.
Here are the essentials of a well-stocked pantry:
Refrigerated and Frozen Items
Most refrigerated and frozen items usually have short shelf life, so buy only those that you consume frequently, such as milk, yogurt, egg, butter, and cheese. Cheeses that keep well in the fridge include Romano and parmesan, but you can stock mozzarella and cheddar if you use them regularly. Place often-used meats, such as chicken, pork, and bacon in the freezer. Vegetables and fruits are also best stored in the freezer to keep them fresh.
Herbs and Spices
Store dried herbs and spices in a cool, dry place to keep them at their peak flavour. Some of the basics you’ll need include salt, pepper, chili powder, rosemary, basil, thyme, bay leaves, red pepper flakes, curry powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Some pound shops sell ready-made herb racks with a selection of jarred seasonings.
Baking Supplies and Oils
Keep baking supplies handy, as you may need them for creating and thickening sauces other than baking pastries. Make sure you have baking powder, corn-starch, and vanilla extract enough for a week or two. It’s also important to have sufficient stock of salad dressings and olive and vegetable oils for making vinaigrettes.
Stock your cupboards and refrigerators with condiments. Mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, jams, and other spread are a kitchen staple, while black olives, capers, and pickles can spice up meals.
With enough food in your pantry, you can put together a meal that’s both healthy and nutritious, anytime.