Pantry, Herbs, and Spices Staples

Thank you for the great response yesterday. For the next few days I am going to be covering staple items to always have on hand. These are items I will always buy if they are on sale and I have coupons as well. If need be I could easily make many different meals out of my essentials. Today I will cover pantry, herbs, and spices staples.

Lane’s List of Essentials

  • Canned (1/15/2015: we mainly buy jarred or boxed now) tomatoes (diced, crushed, and whole)
  • Beans – dry to cook myself
  • Pasta
  • Jarred pasta sauce (our favorite brand is Bertolli I always have at least one red and one white)
  • Canned mushrooms (4/2/2014: did you know canned mushrooms are allowed to contain a certain number of maggots per can… eww, only fresh for us now!)
  • Rice, cous cous, and quinoa
  • Boxed potatoes (4/2/2014: I don’t think I’ve bought a box of these in 2 years)
  • Chicken broth (most of the time I make my own)
  • Crackers
  • Breadcrumbs (Seasoned and Panko)
  • Baking staples (flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla)
  • Olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Coconut oil

Herbs and Spices

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Bay Leaf
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Parsley

I am not excessive in my purchasing, if pasta is on sale buy one get one and I have a coupon I will purchase 2 boxes. There is generally a brand of pasta BOGO every other week. I like to keep about 4-6 boxes of different varieties in my pantry at a time.

Pasta and sauce, rice, boxed au gratin potatoes, are great for quick and easy side dishes. When meal planning I generally plan for the main course and always know that I have these easy sides ready to go. 4/2/2014: We don’t eat many starches anymore, mostly just vegetable sides

The herbs and spices list is just a basic list of my most used ingredients. I have a large spice rack with a lot of different spices, but this is a good list to get you going. I also grow my own basil, cilantro, mint, and rosemary in small pots on my patio. I love having fresh herbs available anytime I need them. It is much cheaper and more convenient to grow your own than pay $3 for a small package at the grocery store.

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