A well stocked kitchen and a little bit of forward thinking are necessary for us to cook a satisfying meal on a whim. Here we list down the essential items to have on hand year round to whip up something filling and delicious without frequent trips to the grocery store;
1. Pulses, grains, and legumes
Lentils, Beans, Couscous, Quinoa, Oats, Bulgur Wheat, Rice, Chickpeas, Polenta…the list can go on and on! These have a long shelf life in a pantry and can be the background or star of any meal.
2. Pastas and noodles
Pastas and noodles keep well in a pantry and can be used in a multitude of dishes. They are great alternatives to rice and convenient for quick fixes too. Besides, you'll have absolutely no troubles convincing the little ones to eat their pasta!
3. Spices, oils, vinegars, and sauces
Spices can be added to each and every dish whether sweet or savoury. Stock up on local spices, Indian spices and Mediterranean spices for endless dinner dish possibilities. Sauces and pastes can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge, such as pesto and pasta sauce.
4. Nuts and dried fruit
These are great to have on hand in any kitchen either as something to snack on or to just add a little oomph to your meal. Add dried fruit or nuts to your salads or rice dishes to jazz them up a little. Fold some nuts or dried fruit into your cookie or cake batter and make it a little more exciting
5. Freezer staple
Your freezer holds a world of possibilities when it comes to nutritious meals and it saves you frequent trips to the store. Frozen fish, chicken and vegetables often have the same nutritional value as fresh but are less expensive and can be stored longer with less waste.
Now that you know how to keep your kitchen well-stocked, head to your nearest Cold Storage for some high quality pantry staples!