The well stocked kitchen today

spices

In a perfect world, we would use everything 100% fresh. But, we can’t. If you have these things on hand, you will always be able to whip up a delicious meals that will be better for you and your family without resorting to packaged garbage, or the drive-thru.

This list is just things to always have on hand. You will also buy various other foods, but when you have these basics in he house, you can put together all sorts of things in a pinch.

 Seasonings

Basil

Black peppercorns for grinding, or bottle that has the grinder right on it.

Cayenne Pepper

Celery Seed

Cilantro

Cinnamon

Cumin

Coriander

Crushed Red Pepper

Curry Powder

Garlic Powder

Ginger

Oregano

Paprika

Rosemary

Thyme

I also keep a selection of Mrs. Dash seasonings, and Lemon Pepper seasoning.

Pantry Items

Your favorite vinegars –

Balsamic Vinegar or

Wine Vinegar or

Rice Vinegar (smoother taste)

Olive Oil

Italian Dressing

Soy Sauce (low sodium recommended)

Teriyaki Sauce

Worcestershire Sauce

Yellow Mustard

Dijon Mustard

Barbecue Sauce

Ketchup

Selection of olives, pickles…

Rice

Spaghetti or Mostaccioli

Real Maple Syrup

Honey

Peanut Butter

Pre-cooked Bacon (very handy!)

Chicken bullion cubes

Beef bullion cubes

Flour

Brown Sugar (make sure its pure cane sugar)

Sugar (again, pure cane sugar)

Chocolate Chips

Pure Vanilla Extract

Cornstarch

Lemon Juice

Lime Juice

Canned Petite Diced Tomatoes

Tomato Paste

Canned or jarred green chili peppers

Canned or jarred jalapeno peppers (I prefer jarred)

Refried beans

Black Beans

Fresh Foods-

Always have chicken breasts in the freezer. You can always make a quick dinner. Single wrapped chicken breasts will thaw quickly in cold water.  

Fresh Garlic

Red and/or Green Bell Peppers

Onions

Green Onions

Broccoli

Carrots

Lettuce

Tomatoes

Broccoli

Carrots

Corn

Green Beans

And/or your favorite fruits and vegetables

Lemon

Lime

Banana

Berries

Butter

Eggs

Orange Juice

Mayonnaise

Cheese

Parmesan Cheese

Shredded Cheese (I keep mozzarella and Mexican or sharp cheddar on hand)

Flour Tortillas

Frozen berries –

Raspberries

Strawberries

Blueberries

I buy fresh French bread and as soon as I get home – cut it into 6 inch pieces and put into freezer bags. Very handy. 

If you really want to be prepared for anything- here are the most common liquors used in cooking-

Brandy

Cognac

Red Wine

Sherry

White Wine

Refer to the fast cooking tips in this section for more help –

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