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How to stock your pantry to save time and money

by Lylah M. Alphonse  |  15848 views  |  4 comments  |        Rate this now! 

It's easier to save money on groceries if you plan your meals in advance, cook from scratch, and keep a well-stocked pantry. What's essential will vary depending on your family's needs, but with these super-versatile ingredients on hand, you'll always be able to whip up a well-balanced breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner in no time. (Why these items in particular? For more information about each, read "Stocking the Perfect Pantry.")

Grains

  1. pasta
  2. rice
  3. bread
  4. rolled oats
  5. all purpose flour
  6. cornstarch

Dairy
  1. milk or milk substitute (like soy)
  2. powdered milk
  3. cheese
  4. plain yogurt
  5. eggs

Meats
  1. chicken (whole roasters, boneless thighs or breasts)
  2. ground beef or turkey
  3. italian sausage
  4. other cuts, like pork loin roast or london broil, when on sale

Juices
  1. orange
  2. lemon

Canned goods
  1. chicken stock
  2. beans
  3. diced tomatoes
  4. tomato paste
  5. pineapple or other fruit in juice

Fresh produce
  1. apples
  2. bananas
  3. potatoes
  4. sweet potatoes
  5. onions
  6. garlic
  7. carrots
  8. other fruits and vegetables, depending on availability and price

Frozen goods
  1. peas
  2. corn

Spices
  1. salt
  2. pepper
  3. oregano
  4. basil
  5. garlic powder
  6. cumin powder
  7. ginger
  8. cinnamon
  9. vanilla extract
  10. nutmeg
  11. cloves
  12. cayenne pepper
  13. paprika
  14. Old Bay seasoning
  15. grill seasoning

Condiments
  1. ketchup
  2. Dijon mustard
  3. mayonnaise
  4. olive oil
  5. vegetable oil
  6. soy sauce
  7. Worchester sauce
  8. honey
  9. white wine vinegar
  10. cider vinegar
  11. white vinegar

Miscellaneous
  1. white sugar
  2. brown sugar
  3. nuts
  4. raisins
  5. baking soda
  6. baking powder
  7. coffee
  8. tea
  9. chocolate chips
  10. apricot jam

 

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