Wednesday, July 12, 2006

A Custom-Made Pantry List

Time to get started. The #1 important item to consider is the Pantry. We think of the pantry as something our ancestors had. But if you're lucky enough to have a space in the kitchen large enough to hold all the essentials of great healthy cooking, that is a pantry. So whether your pantry is in different cupboards or not, take a look and see what surprises are there. Don't forget to check the expiration dates.

The Custom-Made Pantry List (linked above) can be found on VegWeb. I have repeated the list below, but keep in mind, because of the many different ethnic groups, not everyone will want to keep the same things on hand. Change the list in whatever ways suit your favorite cooking style (a post later on vegetarian/vegan diet choices).

Whole grain breads
Brown rice
Grains such as couscous and barley
Rolled oats
Whole grain dry cereal
Flours (wheat, unbleached, pastry, cornmeal)
Legumes (dried or canned - kidney beans, black beans, lentils)
Condiments (soy sauce, miso, mustard, pickles, etc.)
Vinegars of choice
Oils (olive, vegetable, sesame)
Soy/Rice milk of choice
Sweeteners (date, maple and unbleached cane sugars, Stevia, etc.)
Vanilla extract and other flavorings
Baking powder
Baking soda
Cornstarch or arrowroot
Nutritional yeast and baking yeast
Egg replacer of choice
Sea salt
Black pepper
Herbs and Spices
Shelf-ready tofu and or Textured Vegetable Protein
Vegetables - canned, frozen
Fruits - canned, frozen
Dried fruit (raisins, peaches, apricots and others)

No comments: