The last time I reorganized my food cupboards was about two years ago! Yesterday I tidied them up and took stock. When I started eating vegetarian, I thought I would want a huge array of dried beans and grains on hand all the time. Instead we eat a good variety, and mostly buy small amounts at a time. We can get most things cheaply from the Bulk Barn, but I do buy massive packages of nuts and raisins at Costco!
Here is what the shelves look like and what I usually have in the house:
There are 5 empty glass jars because I didn’t restock stuff I rarely use!
- Empty jars, electric mixer, small baking supplies (extracts, birthday candles, sprinkles, dried coconut)
- (Red canisters) White flour, white sugar, brown sugar, icing sugar. On right: Bran, sea salt, salt, corn starch (replace with arrowroot?), baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, yeast, cocoa powder, molasses.
- Usually also have: chocolate chips
- (At left) Dried chick peas and pinto beans, white and brown rice, whole wheat and white pasta (rotini), red lentils, millet, couscous, quinoa
- (At right) Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts (filberts), cashews, raisins, dried cranberries, dried apricots
- Usually also have: green or brown lentils, barley, small amount of wild rice
- “Breakfast cookies” (?), rice cakes, sweet potatoes, popcorn, rice cooker, KD.
- Not shown: spaghetti and lasagna noodles
- Whole wheat crackers, puffed wheat cereal in bag, whole wheat flour, 5 more kinds of breakfast cereal.
- Not shown: Triscuit crackers, regular and quick oats
- (At left) Homemade salsa, jam and pickles. Cans: Mandarin oranges, sliced black olives. Soy sauce.
- (Middle) Cans: soup, baked beans UK style, white kidney beans.
- Not shown: red kidney beans, black beans, butter beans, refried beans. Not sure if there are enough kinds of beans 🙂
- (At right) Marmite, peanut butter, Nutella, honey, plain applesauce used for baking
- Need immediately (ran out): canned diced and crushed tomatoes, jars of spaghetti sauce
- Usually also have: can of coconut milk for curries
- Sometimes buy: tortilla chips
Stored Elsewhere (not pictured):
- Olive oil (big 3L container), non-GMO canola oil, sesame oil
- Vinegars (white, malt, balsamic, rice)
- Spices (lots)
- 10 lb bag of potatoes
- Bananas (on counter)
- Packaged custard and tapioca mixes
- Bag of Kerr’s fruit drop candy
- Coffee and tea (needs its own post)
Between this post and yesterday’s fridge contents post, that accounts for all the food in the house. With our usual fridge and pantry staples, we can make almost all the meals in our repertoire, which has grown to a reasonable size!
What are some of your most-used pantry staples? Anything you love that I’ve missed?