Pantry Staples are an essential part of feeding a family on a small budget, plus it’s nice knowing that there is always something at home to cook.
A well stocked pantry is something that our grandmothers swore by. They knew that with a full pantry they could fill their families bellies with good food, for next to nothing. This knowledge is quickly becoming a lost art with all of the quick, processed (expensive) foods that are filling our grocery stores.
Listed below are items that you should fill your pantry with. With these items you’ll be able to create a number of different meals, as well as some delicious desserts.
Dried Fruit (coconut, cranberries, raisins)
Nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts)
Powdered (Confectioners) Sugar
Beans (baked, black, kidney, pinto, refried)
Broth/Stock (beef, chicken, vegetable)
Cream Soup (celery, chicken, mushroom)
Juice (lemon, lime)
Meat (chicken, salmon, tuna)
Tomatoes (diced, paste, sauce, whole)
Vegetables (corn, green beans)
Vinegar (apple cider, balsamic, red wine)
Chicken (breast, legs, thighs, wings, whole)
Sausage (breakfast, kielbasa, Italian)
Vegetables (Brussels sprouts, corn, green beans, broccoli)
Seasoning (Herbs & Spices)
Cream of Tartar
Red Pepper Flakes
Seasoning Packets (beef gravy, onion soup, taco)
✔ When creating your weekly grocery list, be sure to add pantry items that need to be replenished.
✔ Be sure to store pantry items, especially ones that aren’t used often, in air tight containers.
✔ When stocking your pantry, purchase items in bulk when they are on sale.
✔ Use coupons, when available, to lower the cost of stocking your pantry.
✔ Follow our weekly Budget Friendly Meal Plan to help utilize your pantry items.
Is there something that you always have in your pantry that I forgot to list?
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