Now that you are staying home more while practicing social distancing, you may have been wondering what food items to include on your shopping list that are not only nutritious, but also have a long shelf life. In this blog, you will find a quick guide to essential foods for your pantry that will help you avoid filling your shopping cart with more than you need. Let’s get started!
Tip: Remember to consider the number of people in your home and the size of your refrigerator and pantry.
Start your list with non-perishable items that are not easily affected by temperature and have a long shelf life.
Canned Fish: This food is super practical and rich in protein. You can choose tuna, sardines, and even salmon. Fish is a good substitute for red meat if you don’t have access to it. The number of recipes you can prepare with fish are endless; from pasta with sardines, to tuna fish cakes.
Beans, chickpeas, and lentils: Because of their versatility, these are the preferred vegetable protein for many, including vegetarians and are featured in many recipes to suit all tastes.
You can use them to prepare a main meal, side dishes, soups, or add them to salads. Remember to store them in airtight containers to keep them in good condition. Do you need a recipe? Here is one for preparing a delicious lentil soup.
Pasta: Pasta is affordable, lasts a long time in the pantry, and is a rich source of carbohydrates. Thanks to its different shapes, colors, and sizes, it gives us many options for preparing various dishes without getting tired of always eating the same thing. You can choose long, short, and pasta made for filling. Cooking with pasta is very easy. Serve with chicken, tuna or a rich tomato sauce. It’s up to you.
Rice: We couldn’t miss including this all-time favorite side dish! You can choose between white or brown rice and with very little effort, make it into a main dish or even a delicious dessert in a matter of minutes.
Peanut Butter: Kids love it, and when they are at home it makes a quick and delicious snack. You can use it in sandwiches, as a topping for oatmeal or as a dip for apples and other fruit. The options are endless and so easy that the kids can join in the fun of making their own snacks.
Flour: It can last much longer than indicated on the label, especially if stored properly. It is handy for a variety of recipes. Make sure you have yeast, baking powder, sugar, and vanilla so you can bake buns, cakes, and cookies.
Condiments and seasonings: You simply need them in your kitchen! They give our recipes a special touch, and without them, food just doesn’t taste the same. You can find both ground or whole spices, and the good news is that they last a long time.
Olive oil: It can last up to a year in your pantry and if you want to extend its life, you can store it in the refrigerator. Remember that an open oil bottle has a shorter life than an unopened bottle.
Canned vegetables: If you can’t find fresh vegetables, canned vegetables are a good option. Be sure to get canned tomatoes. These will come in very handy when you want to make a pasta sauce or a delicious stew. Asparagus, bell peppers, and corn are other good options. Canned vegetables will help you save time in the kitchen while providing a nice variety to your meals.
And don’t forget about fruit. Mango, banana, blueberry, strawberry, and pineapple should be on your list. Remember, a simple way to keep some fruits longer is to freeze them. When you do, always remember to label the fruit with the date and name and use the older fruit first.
Remember, that some foods are not suitable for freezing. Those with high water content like lettuce, cucumber, and radishes become too soft and soggy when thawed. You should also never freeze parsley, basil, and scallions.
Last but not least, buy only what you need and always take into account your family’s preferences so as not to waste food.
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