|Basil and Dandelion drying in our pantry|
I make most of our food from scratch and I would love to be able to do more things like pickling and preserving our own garden produce, I have to be a little more patient though as our garden is still new, and I think it will be at least springtime before it can boast quantities of vegetables large enough to keep a lasting supply for our family!
When planning menu's for my family nutrition is very important to me, I take care not to be wasteful and use real ingredients.
Here is the list of pantry staples that I keep, these are used often and quantitys always checked when writing my weekly shopping list. There is not alot you cant invent in the kitchen if you are well stocked with these items!
flour- self raising
flour- wholemeal P
flour- wholemeal SR
sugar- brown (quality dark)
rice- long grain white
rice- med/short grain (aborio)
pasta- soup ( alphabet pasta is fun!)
pasta- noodles (penne, farfale or macaroni)
pasta- spaghetti or fettucine
cocoa (premium, its so worth it!)
dried herbs & spices
- whole cloves
- cayenne pepper
- corriander seeds
- dried garlic
- bay leaves
massel natural stock powders
tins- crushed tomatoes
tins- canelli beans (for making baked beans)
tinned fruit- variety
tins- corn kernels
As well as pantry staples I also make sure I have a chicken and some beef mince "spare" in the freezer, also frozen spinach and puff pastry comes in very handy!
The fridge almost always contains fullcream milk (I never buy low fat dairy products)
cream, cheese, butter, eggs, lemons and bacon.
I buy our fruit and vegetables seasonally at the farmers markets and to be honest with a store of the above items, you can make so much! Anything from toasted muesli, breads, puddings,cakes and muffins, to stews, soups, pasta dishes, roast dinners, and lots more, all without MSG and preservative laden packet mixes and jars of stuff!
Obviously if you were purchasing all these items at once yes it would be costly,but you dont run out of everything at the same time, and I have found that cooking this way is not only healthier for my family, it is very budget friendly too!...