14 Best Goods To Always Have Stocked in Your Cupboard
Items to always keep on hand!
Great Food Staples For Your Cupboard
Whether you've just struck out on your own and are slowly building a household or don't have a lot of money to spend on food, it's important to stock your cupboard full to staples. It's hard figuring out what to buy when you're shopping for the first time or when you don't have a lot of money.
In this article, we have a great list of items to keep stocked in your cupboard. We also talk about how you can make the most of each good and what you can make with each time. Hopefully this list will give you a few ideas!
Great Goods For Your Pantry
• Rice can be made into nearly anything. Put it in soup, eat it as a main dish, a side dish, over curry, and more.
• Pasta is great because if you just a little sauce, oil, or butter, and it's a meal all by itself and it can be made in minutes! If you have the means to, you can also jazz the pasta up with veggies or meat or put it in a soup.
• Lentils have a lot of different uses and are inexpensive. They have a meatiness to them and are often substituted for ground beef. They can be made into a salad, put into soup, or mixed with veggies. Mujadara, a Lebanese dish made with rice, onions, and lentils, is a cheap and delicious dish.
• Beans come cooked in cans and, for less money, uncooked in bags. It's good to have both on hand. Adding a can of beans to a meal is a great way to add protein to a meal, while a bag of beans can be made into a really delicious bean soup if you have the time.
• Oatmeal is incredibly versatile and inexpensive. A large canister of oatmeal lasts forever and can be made into your standard hot cereal breakfast, made into cookies, overnight oats, and more. If you have a food processor, you can also pulverize the oats and put the oatmeal into smoothies, pancakes, or bake with it like you would flour.
• Potatoes are one of the most versatile foods around and have unlimited uses. Make potato soup or use it as an ingredient in another soup, mashed potatoes, fried potatoes, put it in curry, make potato pancakes with the leftovers - whatever you think of will end up being delicious!
• Having some sort of oil on hand is always important. While olive oil is more flavorful that than other oils, it's also more expensive. Keep an eye out for a good sale if you'd like, though canola or vegetable oils will do just fine.
• Keeping canned tomatoes stocked in your cupboard is a great way to add flavor to a number of dishes. Think soups, chili, casseroles, rice dishes, sauces, and more.
• Peanut butter, while versatile, is especially good to have for a quick sandwich or as a dip for carrots, celery, or crackers.
• Onions and garlic can be added to just about everything and help inject a lot of flavor for pennies. Buying them by the bag is typically cheaper than buying one onion or bulb of garlic, and they'll last a long time too.
• Bouillon cubes to make broth is a lot cheaper than buying cans or boxes of broth.
• Your favorite herbs and spices will help make any dish taste better. Most are pretty cheap and, if you only buy one or two at a time, you can establish quite a collection over time!
• Basic baking goods like flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda are good to have on hand if you have extra money. They can be bought over time and made into muffins, cookies, cakes, breads, and more!
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