Posted by Megan | How-To's & Tricks

As we’re preparing to move, Will and I are pairing down on some food items that we typically keep in bulk, just so we aren’t moving a ton of stuff. In doing so, I realized that if you follow this blog pretty consistently and actually do make some of these recipes, you’ll notice there are certain food items that I always mention we “have on hand.” I realized it might be nice to provide you all with a general listing of what those items are, just so you can see how we keep our kitchen. It helps make it easy to decide what we eat each week, based on what we have in stock. We like to buy lots of our grains in the bulk section of EarthFare and just store them in Mason Jars, so that way we can easily see what we have on hand. There are also lots of items on these lists that I presume a lot of people have on hand already, but it doesn’t hurt to provide a reminder of things that are good to have!
Grains
Brown rice
White rice
Brown lentils
French/Puy lentils
Red lentils
Couscous
Israeli couscous
Quinoa
Oats
Barley

Dry Beans
Chickpeas
Kidney/Pinto beans
Black beans

Pantry Items/Vegetables
Canned tomatoes
Back-up beans
Pasta noodles of various kinds
Sesame seeds
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Rice vinegar
Red wine vinegar
Sherry cooking wine
Sunflower oil
Apple cider vinegar
Onions (we buy a bag every couple weeks)
Garlic
Ginger (though we don’t always have it, just usually)

Snacks
Almonds
Peanut butter
Sunflower seeds


Fresh Herbs
Basil
Thai basil
Spearmint
Sweet mint
Italian parsley
Rosemary
Thyme
Lemon thyme
Oregano
English lavender
Cilantro (although ours is currently wild in the yard, not in a pot)

Spices
Iodized salt
Sea salt
Ground black pepper
Ground white pepper
Cayenne pepper
Ground sage
Ground cloves
Ground nutmeg
Dried basil
Cream of tartar
Ground coriander
Ground turmeric
Ground cinnamon
Oregano leaves
Chili powder
Paprika
Ground cumin
Garlic powder
Bay leaves
Curry powder
Garam masala
Crushed red pepper
Celery salt
Italian seasoning
Chinese 5-spice
Ras el Hanout
Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning
Tarragon leaves
Sumac
Cinnamon sticks
Whole cloves
Whole star anise
Baking
Sugar
Brown sugar
Powdered sugar
Unbleached flour
Whole wheat flour
Pastry flour
Cornstarch
Cornmeal
Panko bread crumbs
Baking powder/Baking soda
Cocoa powder
Canola oil
Vanilla extract
Peppermint extract
Anise extract
Honey
Molasses
Shredded coconut (kind of random…)
Corn syrup



Common Items You Can Keep in the Fridge
Lemon juice (tons of recipes call for lemon juice, so why buy tons of lemons?)
Lime juice (see above)
Better Than Bouillon (our go-to stock source) (Chicken/Beef/Veggie)
Dry active yeast
Sriracha
Garlic chili paste
Soy sauce
Hoisin sauce
Worcestershire sauce
Fish sauce
Toasted sesame oil
Plain Greek yogurt
Heavy whipping cream (for ice cream)
Miso paste
Tahini
Crisco
Capers
Parmesan (just always good to have on hand)

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