For me a well-stocked pantry equals less overwhelm, yummier meals & a more relaxed me.
By the way, this was not actually written with COVID19 in mind, but it will probably also assist in making life a little easier as you can streamline the pantry. It is how I try to operate my pantry so I don’t end up with ingredients I don’t use.
How to choose
OK everyone likes different things, so different items are needed in the pantry. My tip is to get your top 10 recipes, and see whether there is a theme? Mediterranean, Asian, Mexican, or even a traditional farmhouse style? You will see common ingredients appearing, as similar flavour profiles emerge. For me it was Mediterranean, so olive oil, garlic, rosemary, cracked pepper, olives, tomatoes – all a must. However, you may prefer more Asian flavours, so soy sauce, ginger, hoisin, & rice might be must haves in your pantry.
If I can’t find it in the pantry (read disorganised) then I can get a bit frustrated & it just gets a bit harder. The answer, for me is to organise things, such as baking basics together (think flours, sugar); or my basics like legumes, quinoa & rice to be near each other; or even nuts & seeds with the dried fruit.
I find having glass containers, I can see what is there or what needs to be restocked. Plus, I can buy in bulk & save money, reduces plastic packaging & of course, it just looks fabulous! Of course, sometimes things look pretty similar in glass jars, so I need to label.
Keeping it stocked
📌 It makes it so much easier to keep what you need in stock.
📌 Scan the pantry before you shop, to check it you have enough, especially your staples.
📌 Purchase what you need & top up your jars.
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