Ingredients to always have at home
Hi, thanks for a great show!
I'm a bit curious about what ingredients you think are must haves in your kitchen, since I often find myself in the position of wanting to cook something up but don't have the ingredients to do something eatable. Those situations usually end with cereals and milk
That is a great question and one that cooking shows often take for granted. Everyone seems to think we pre-plan all our meals and even when we pre-plan some of them we very often go off script. I have had the ingredients for chicken gyros in my fridge and freezer for 3 weeks now.
That would make a great series of shows. Pantry/fridge/freezer staples and the various things you can cook with them.
Pasta (spaghetti & rigatoni)
Tomatoes (fresh - seasonal)
Apple Cider Vinegar
What else do people like on hand??
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Last edited by tokenuser : 06-09-2010 at 08:05 PM.
I thought about a list but then it got staggering in my brain so I decided not.
Off of the top of my head I add the following to your list (it is nice to see someone else keeps anchovies):
Freezer full of beef
Sesame Seed Oil
Rice Wine Vinegar
Mustard yellow and brown
Ketchup (not for chili though)
Thanks to the herb garden:
Of course the cupboard is full of various dried spices, herbs, sauces, seeds (can't ever be without sesame seeds), and other scary stuff that has probably been in there for 10 years too long.
I am sure I am still missing quite a bit.
The only thing I might add to the list is
canned mixed vegetables.
popcorn ( I often use as cereal after being popped)
mayo = mustard + egg yolk + spices + oil.
pasta = eggs + flour
tortilias = fat + flour + water + salt.
bread = flour + water + salt + yeast
biscuits = oil + water + buttermilk + flour + baking soda + baking powder.
pancake = biscuit ingredients + egg
In an emergency cheese = rennet + juice or vinegar + milk.
Last edited by computoman : 06-09-2010 at 11:15 PM.
I always try to have the following:
Onion and garlic
Pasta (lots of different types)
Spices (Most important: Oregan, basil, curry, salt, pepper, Bacon Salt)
From this there is always a dinner on hand.
Ingredients at home
As long as I have a tin of tomatoes, some garlic and an onion at home I always know I'll be able to do something. Pasta with a simple tomato sauce is always a delight if you do it right and keep it simple!
Mine would be:
They are just not the same unless the fat has been cut into the dough.
My list is a bit shorter:
Sugar (and Splenda for drinks)
Salt (and "lite" salt)
Margarine (butter really only gets used in more gourmet things - at $5lb and with as fast as this stuff gets used around here, we'll sacrifice the real butter for regular daily use. It's not like Tuna Helper is going to be mad five-star food by using butter!)
Garlic salt (used in it's own right, NEVER as a garlic-replacement)
Lawry's seasoning salt
If I am out of one of these things, it must be replaces ASAP. I can always make something as long as these are on hand.
Other great things are cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, frozen chicken parts and a whole chicken or two, and some tomatoes.
I didn't list a lot of perishables because it can be pricey after a while to always have certain items on hand if they're not used a lot. Milk gets drunk faster than it will go bad. Keeping celery and scallions on hand at all times would result in those things being tossed fairly often, even though I use scallions a lot. For perishables not listed here, we buy as needed.
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