Stock your pantry Winter
Stock your pantry for Winter An organised and well stocked pantry. An organised and well stocked pantry. Are you one of those who shop for food whenever possible or takes one's fancy? If so, let me tell you that you're likely to shop in a rush, grabbing whatever you come across on the supermarket shelves and, of course, it'll be more expensive. This is typical of the busy-busy person or the one who doesn't t care much on what's in the fridge or the pantry, except when they want to cook a diner and they find there's no oil or potatoes left. Damned! I'd have done some shopping! But worries not as with a bit of good organization and care, one can be well provided with the necessary and basic items.
Therefore, there'll always be something to cook a meal. WHAT THERE SHOULD ALWAYS BE IN THE PANTRY Sugar. We don't want to make a cup of tea and find out that there isn't any left, and the same applies for salt. Rice. How handy this staple food is! A choice of pasta such as noodles, macaroni and spaguetti. Pasta recipes are easy to make with whatever there's in the fridge. Oil. I've olive oil for salads and stews that need very little of oil and corn oil for frying chips and the like. It's a matter of budget. A choice of legumes. There should be lentils, white beans and chickpeas. One may add up others less common or unusual, but these are the basic ones. Like with pasta, one'll be able to make a meal with a bit of bacon or spicy chorizo sausage. Good vinegar. This goes together with oil. One can't go without the other when it comes to dress a salad. Eggs. What are we going to use if we want to make an omelet or a fried egg and chips? Potatoes. There should always be plenty of them in the basket and at the bottom of the pantry. A choice of fresh, green veggies such as beans, peas, spinach and artichokes, but these will be accordingly with the season, because fresh peas are, for instance, a Spring produce. All will be well stored in glass jars and labeled.
There's no need to buy special jars or pots, because that ones that come with other items bought in the supermarket can be used. We only have to wash them up and fill them with whatever we need to. If the pantry doesn't have drawers, but only few shelves, we can store our glass jars neatly labeled on the shelves and items like potatoes, onions and garlic should be in a basket down at the bottom. There should also be a shelf for small items such as aromatic herbs, tea and coffee. Always at a hand's reach! WHAT AROMATIC HERBS WE SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE One may be fond of them to the extend of buying the most unusual ones, but thyme, oregano, bay leaves, basil and rosemary are a must have when it comes to cook a meaty stew. What do you do with your stale or hard bread? It's all-right if you give it to the pigeons, but it comes useful to grate it to make some home made hamburgers or to make an onion soup. Store it, then, in another basket. We aren't going to let all of these to run out. Therefore, we'll supervise at least once a week to see what's needed. In so doing, we'll always have food in the house and we'll avoid having to blast it.
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