|Canned goods, spices, breakfast cereal & crackers|
You'd think with me being the only one that uses my pantry, that it would be spotless and always tidy? Nah! I get in such a hurry sometimes. Instead of taking the time to put things back in their place. It gets a little messy and needs a good clean out, like it does now. Also, my pantry is located in a couple cupboards, both next to each other. The previous owners of our house certainly didn't think too carefully when it came to designing their kitchen. Maybe they didn't cook too much. Anyway, I just make do with the space I have and am forever looking for an ideal solution, other than knocking the whole thing out. I always have the biggest case of 'pantry envy' when I see lovely pantries. One day my friends, one day.
|Pasta packets and other packet goods not decanted in a jar|
|My baking supplies - things like sprinkles, cupcake papers, essences and colours, some nuts, chocolate etc|
|Sauces, spreads, oils, salt & pepper, drink powders etc|
|A (very old, rare, clean & tidy) picture of my kitchen|
In my previous post, Run your kitchen like a restaurant, I mentioned that I have the same ingredients in my pantry, fridge and freezer at all times and my seasonal fruit and vegetables depict what I choose to cook for baking and my main meals. Below are my basic pantry lists and what I use those products for. I think I'd be there forever if I tried to remember every single moment I used them but this is a general idea. I occasionally add special 'one off' purchases just to mix things up a bit. For example, marscapone, ricotta, olives, a special Asian green or an Indian spice like Panch Phoron (India's answer to a 5 spice powder). This also allows a little more scope to my menu planning.
Herbs & Spices List
These lists are what I've got at the moment and you'll probably find they differ only slightly from summer to winter. Summer time is the season for more salads and lighter meals and winter time brings more stews, puddings and heavier dishes. Having these lists up to date or, knowing that you have these same things on hand all the time, you'll be able to whip up a meal in no time, even when you think you don't have any ingredients.
If you have any questions about what I might use a certain ingredient for or any other questions, please don't hestitate to ask. I'd also love to know what's lurking in your pantry.