Stocking Your Pantry

A kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a properly stocked pantry. If you are setting up your kitchen for the first time, you are in good hands. I’ve compiled a list of ingredients that you will cook with over and over again. For those who have been cooking for awhile, just use this as your checklist. You can take this opportunity to clear out some old stuff and add whatever you are missing into your pantry.

Spices

There are hundreds of different spices used in different parts of the world. Spices define a dish and give it character. When you think about it, most of the meats and vegetables are the same all over the world, however they can taste very different depending on how they were prepared and what spices were used. Did you know some spices like saffron can get more expensive than gold? Don’t worry, Gleeful Gourmets is not about cooking extravagant dishes with saffron. I will stick with comment spices you can find from your local grocery store.

When cooking it is always best to use fresh ingredients including herbs whenever you can. However, when it comes to spices fresh isn’t always available. So having the following spices in your pantry at all times will come in handy.

Sea salt
Table salt
Black pepper
Garlic powder
Basil
Thyme
Rosemary
Parsley flakes
Bay leaves
Oregano
Chili flakes
Ground cinnamon
Nutmeg
Cumin powder
Paprika
Fennel seeds
Five-spice powder
Garam masala
Curry powder
Turmeric


Oils


There are many types of oil out there and each has its own flavour and purpose. Vegetable oil usually gets a lot hotter than other types of oil, therefore it is best for stir-frying vegetables. Olive oil are best for marinating, making dressings and drizzling. Others are for adding extra flavour to your cooking.

Vegetable oil
Olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil
Sesame oil


Vinegars


Great for marinating, making dressings and general cooking.

White vinegar
Apple cider vinegar
Balsamic vinegar
Red wine vinegar
White wine vinegar


Flours & Dry stored foods


All purpose flour
Cornstarch
Bread crumbs


Sauces & Condiments


These are some of the last minute additions that will add zest to any meal.

French mustard
Dijon mustard
Mayonnaise
Ketchup
Soy sauce
Hoisin sauce
Fish sauce
Worcestershire sauce


Sugars & Honey


Brown sugar
Honey
Sugar


Pasta & Rice


These are key accompaniments and ingredients in a variety of meals.

Dried pasta
Chow mein noodles
Basmati rice
Risotto rice
White rice


Cans & Jars


Beans
Tuna
Olives
Coconut milk
Diced tomatoes
Tomatoes paste


Broth & Bouillon Cubes


These will speed up your cooking in no time. Organic is the tastiest and they have no added flavourings.

Chicken broth
Beef broth
Vegetable broth


Fridge


Butter
Eggs
Milk


Freezer


Fresh broth
Frozen shrimps
Frozen sweet corn
Frozen peas

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