What to Stock in your Kitchen?
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part of having easy kids meals is being well prepared and
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Inventory your kitchen cabinets and kitchen pantry with your kid
chef's help. Keep in mind every family is different so check this
basic list and add or delete what works for your family. It is
also important to have a way to keep track of what has been used
and needs to be replaced so you keep your cupboards continuously
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What to Stock in Your Kitchen Shelves or Pantry?
Chicken, vegetable or beef broth (or bouillon cubes)
Canned vegetables, corn, green beans, etc.
Canned kidney beans, refried beans, garbanzo beans
Canned fruit, variety
Canned cream soups
Dry soup mixes
Jell-o gelatin mixes
Juices, variety including tomato, orange, apple
Unopened condiments to replace those usually in the refrigerator
What to Stock in Your Refrigerator?
Variety of cheeses, cheddar, mozzarella, cream cheese, cottage
Hot pepper sauce
Raisins and other dried fruits (can also store in pantry)
What to Stock in Your Freezer?
***Some of these items don't need to be stored in the freezer but
can be stored longer and fresher if done so.
Loaves of bread
Frozen vegetables- broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, carrots, mixed
Frozen whipped topping
Variety of meats including chicken breasts, ground beef, roast
What to Stock in your Spice Cabinet or Baking Shelves?
***To provide easy access while you are cooking or baking move your
spice cabinet and baking shelf next to the baking area (mixing bowl)
and close to the stove.
Dry salad dressing mixes
Dry soup mixes
Taco seasoning mix
Oils, shortening, cooking spray
Bouillon cubes (vegetable, beef and chicken)
Cream of tartar
Other herbs and spices your family might use often
Light corn syrup
What to Stock in Your Kitchen That is Fresh?
Other fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season and you use
Frugal kitchen staples are versatile foods or cleaning supplies that
you integrate with other items to make more of that item at a
cheaper price. Keeping a good supply of staples on hand also reduces
the amount of trips you make to the grocery store.
6 Frugal Kitchen Staples -Tips on Stocking your Kitchen
The items that we have on hand are what determine how far our food
will go. Filling your cabinets or pantry with a few useful staples
can be the difference between a trip to the grocery store each and
every week versus once or twice a month. Stocking just a few choice
items is all you need to create wonderful meals.
is used to make many
foods, as well as being included in many recipes. Meat coatings,
cake pan dusting, gravies, noodle making as well as breads and
cakes, all, use flour. All-purpose flour keeps well in a dry and
cool place when stored in airtight containers. To keep flour for an
extra long time, place the flour in plastic containers and store in
is probably the most
flexible of all frugal kitchen staples. It is a vegetable used in
creating many frugal dishes, stretching meats to last for two or
three recipes. Served plain, seasoned or mixed with other
vegetables, rice is also filling, nutritious and available for
purchase in bulk sizes. Put rice in soups, puddings, or make rice
pancakes by adding beaten eggs to cooked rice and mixing until is
has a pancake batter consistency.
, like rice, pasta
makes great filler for meat and vegetable dishes. Homemade macaroni
and cheese makes a side dish everyone likes, along with pasta salads
and vegetable and pasta dishes. Making homemade pasta is easy with a
noodle-making machine, with only three ingredients needed: salt,
flour and eggs. Boxes of pre-made pasta have "best if used" dates on
them, which generally run for one or two years depending on
are a versatile
vegetable and are part of frugal kitchen staples. Mashed, fried,
baked, twice-baked, boiled or roasted, potatoes are usually a part
of every meal in one form or another. Potatoes are even used in
making vodka and wine. If properly stored, potatoes last about two
months or slightly longer. Place them somewhere that is well
ventilated and dark if possible, because too much light causes them
to sprout eyes.
, with over 100
varieties available, are the staple of frugal recipes. Full of
protein and often used as a meat substitute, beans are in soups,
chili, rice dishes, salads, vegetable and chip dip. Beans will keep
in a freezer for six months.
, in addition to salt
and pepper, enhance food that is inherently bland such as rice and
potatoes, providing differently distinct flavors to these foods so
you don't get tired of eating it. Spices are also better for you
nutritionally than salt, so if you are accustomed to sprinkling salt
on frugal kitchen staples, try adding some spice to your meals.
These items will stretch not only your meals but your wallet as
Stocking up on Meats
Owning a freezer is almost a necessity if you want to have a
properly stocked pantry, especially when it comes to keeping meats
on hand. When meat is on sale at your grocery store, you should
stock up so you won't have to purchase them at full price.
is a staple and can be mixed with about any soup,
vegetable or pasta to make a filling and plentiful meal. Turkey
is generally cheaper than red meat, especially around Thanksgiving,
so stocking on a few turkeys around this time will save your money
Other frugal staples to stock are:
Learning how to can foods also maintains a good supply of frugal
kitchen staples since canning allows food to keep for years. Growing
a small vegetable garden outside and an herb garden
inside is another way to add
economically to your pantry.
Now that your kitchen is organized and stocked... Get Cooking!
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