10 Kitchen Pantry Essentials
Keep these ten pantry items in good stock and no matter how empty the fridge gets, you’ll be able to throw a meal together at a moment’s notice.
1. Dried Pasta
Most packaged varieties take 10 minutes or less to cook, so a pasta dish topped with homemade tomato sauce can be ready and on the table in less than 30 minutes! Stock up on a variety of pasta types including tubular shapes like rigatoni, short-cut varieties such as fusilli and elbow macaroni, and long noodles such as linguine and angel hair pasta.
3. Balsamic Vinegar
This delectable condiment is excellent as a drizzle over fresh strawberries or use it as a finishing glaze on meats and fish. And of course, combine it with extra virgin olive oil for a simple salad dressing.
4. Chicken Broth
Stock up on stock! The base of any quick and easy soup, sauce or gravy is ready-made broth. Non-meat eaters can opt for the vegetarian version for an equivalent alternative.
5. Canned Tomatoes
Whole, crushed or diced-stock up on all different types of tomatoes to use in everything from stews and soups to a homemade salsa. With a can of tomatoes, you can also make a quick and easy homemade pasta sauce by heating it on the stove and adding salt, fresh garlic, spices, onions and your favourite vegetables.
Not only for the baker who requires this essential ingredient for almost any recipe, flour is useful to have on-hand for dredging meat as well as thickening gravies, sauces and soups.
7. Red Kidney Beans
Whether you prefer the dried or the canned variety, these beans are an excellent source of fibre and protein. Use them to make your favourite chillis and stews.
This versatile condiment is available in endless varieties. Opt for whole grain, which is excellent in sandwiches, or as a dressing or marinade. For those whose taste buds enjoy a kick, reach for the Dijon on the grocery shelf.