What’s in a well-stocked pantry

  • Food Network Kitchens
  • Monday, May 21, 2012 5:22pm
  • Life

With the lazy days of summer on the horizon, it’s a good time to think about filling your pantry. While a good shopping list is the key to a quick and painless trip to the supermarket, a well-stocked pantry is the best way to ensure you’ll have everything you need to cook at home and avoid the easy fast-food stop.

The healthy pantry includes all the items you need to prepare healthful recipes, plus a few other ingredients that will make unplanned meals easier.

Go through your cupboards with this checklist and then take it to the store:

Oils, vinegars and condiments

• Extra-virgin olive oil, canola oil

• Trans-fat-free margarine

• Distilled white, cider, red-wine, balsamic, rice vinegar

• Dijon mustard

• Ketchup

• Barbecue sauce

• Reduced-fat mayonnaise

• Reduced-sodium soy sauce

• Prepared pesto

• Salsa

• Hot sauce

Seasonings

• Salt

• Black pepper

• Dried herbs and spices: ground cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder, crushed red pepper, rosemary, thyme leaves, oregano, Italian-seasoning blend, tarragon leaves, ground cinnamon, ground ginger

• Vanilla extract

Canned goods and bottle items

• Canned tomatoes, tomato paste

• Reduced-sodium broths

• Canned beans: cannellini, kidney, chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

• Canned lentils

• Chunk light tuna and salmon

• Grains and legumes

• Assorted whole-wheat pasta

• Regular and instant brown rice

• Whole-wheat couscous

• Regular and quick-cooking barley

• Bulgur

• Rolled oats

• Dried lentils

Baking products

• Whole-wheat flour and whole-wheat pastry flour. (Store in the refrigerator or freezer.)

• All-purpose flour

• Baking powder

• Baking soda

• Unprocessed wheat bran

• Quick-rising yeast

• Cornstarch

• Brown sugar

• Granulated sugar

• Honey

Nuts, seeds and dried fruit

• Walnuts, pecans, sesame seeds, almonds

• Dried apricots, dates, cranberries, raisins

• Peanut butter (natural)

Refrigerator basics

• 1 percent or skim milk

• Reduced-fat sour cream

• Fruit juice

• Large eggs

• Cheese: sharp Cheddar, feta, Parmesan, mozzarella

• Nonfat or light vanilla yogurt

Freezer basics

• Frozen fruit

• Frozen vegetables: edamame (soybeans), broccoli, corn, bell-pepper-and-onion mix, peas, spinach

• Low-fat ice cream, frozen yogurt and/or sorbet

• Frozen cheese ravioli or tortellini

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