Creating a Kitchen

Pantry

Tips and Essentials for the Aspiring Scratch Cook

THE ESSENTIALS

  • Salt 

  • Black Pepper 

  • Olive Oil 

  • Canola/Vegetable Oil 

  • Vinegar 

  • Sugar/Honey 

  • Garlic and Yellow Onions 

  • Chicken/Vegetable Stock 

NOTES

  • Brings out the flavor of everything, coarse kosher is great 

  • Fresh cracked peppercorns the best, an essential 

  • Healthy source of fat, good for frying, beware of imitators 

  • Higher smoke point than olive oil, great for dressings/marinades 

  • Adds acidity to foods : white wine, balsamic, cider all winners 

  • Act as a sweetener, honey is a great natural sweetener 

  • Used in practically every savory dish, great for digestion 

  • Helpful in making a quick soup, adds flavor to other sauces 

nice-to-haves

NOTES

  • Dried Spices 

  • Dried Rice 

  • Pasta 

  • Dried Beans 

  • Canned Tomatoes 

  • Bottled Lemon Juice 

  • Soy Sauce 

  • All-Purpose Flour 

  • Corn Starch 

  • Dijon Mustard 

  • Eggs 

  • Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Coriander, Chili Flakes, Cumin 

  • A great addition to a lot of meals, keeps forever if stored well 

  • Great to make a quick meal by adding to cooked veggies 

  • Have to be soaked, but superior to their canned counterparts 

  • Crushed or whole, great for chili, sauces, soups 

  • Needed in savory and sweet dishes, teas, cocktails 

  • Necessity for many types of Asian cuisine 

  • Works for bread, pie crusts, pizza dough, anything! 

  • Thickens sauces - mix with warm water first! 

  • Helpful for vinaigrettes or great as a condiment 

  • Great source of protein, quick meal to have on hand 

THE ESSENTIALS

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