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Must Have Ingredients to Have On Hand
We learn from the Pixar movie Ratatouille that Anyone Can Cook. This is true, but like anything it takes practice. And in order to practice you’ll actually need stuff in your kitchen to practice with. If you’ve been perusing the food and recipe pins on pinterest or eyeing the copycat recipes for some of your favorite treats you know you need quite few ingredients at all times to strike when the baking bug hits. Luckily, we’ve crafted the Pantry List of Ingredients to have on hand. For me, it never fails. I’ll be in a baking craze some random Saturday morning and then realize I’m out of something! Needless to say, it kills my desire to cook or bake if I have to jump in the car and drive a half hour to get cinnamon.
So in order to prevent this from happening to you and any future meltdowns that may result from not having a staple pantry item, our quick and dirty list is in a printable version below. If you’re lucky enough to live in a city with Amazon Prime Now you may not need this list as the 2 hour delivery service is something we’ve been waiting to appear in Cleveland for a while now. Unfortunately we still have drive to the store for stuff we want immediately.
Dry Goods Pantry Herbs & Spices
These herbs and spices can be added to many different kinds of recipes and always great to have on hand. The warmer spices can be used in chili, cinnamon rolls and breads. The herbs can be used in meat, veggie or pasta dishes and cilantro is critical to any homemade guacamole. These should be left un-refrigerated and stored in a dry cool place like a cupboard away from your stove.
- Ground Cloves
- Ground Ginger
- Vanilla Extract
- Ground Cumin
- Sea Salt
- Black Pepper
- Olive Oil ( preferably used cold)
- Coconut Oil ( solid, but can be melted and used for oil baking needs. Can be used in place of shortening at 3/4 cup coconut oil to every 1 cup shortening)
- Instant Espresso Powder
- Black Tea
- Chai Tea
- Green Tea
- Coffee Beans/Grounds
If you’re a newbie baker or cook, just start out adding spices to your foods one at a time. You don’t need to dive into the Pinterest level cooking just yet. Just get started.
Baking Goods Pantry Items
Ok. I’ll admit that our family usually goes somewhat crazy with our cooking. We’re always, always trying new recipes, substitutions, ordering weird ingredients and testing and re-testing. We make a full menu for every holiday and joke (but not really) about having a restaurant someday. As a result we know lots and lots of stuff about food and what you need to do to make it taste amazing. That said, we’re also super picky. At any given time we could be off gluten, off sugar, not eating dairy, on a detox, eating everything…or just joining the latest food craze. This doesn’t mean we ever ( EVER) give up the food we like, we just learn how to make it different or better. So if you’re on a compromised diet read through the notes below to help you build your best pantry.
- Flour (all purpose, preferably gluten free)
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips ( Carob chips if you’re off chocolate or limiting caffeine)
- Pine Nuts ( for Pesto)
- Vegetable, Beef and/or Chicken bullion cubes
- Yeast ( for breads, donuts)
- Almond/Coconut Milk
- Almond Butter
- Ground Flax Seed ( as an omega3 source or to substitute eggs)
- Pumpkin puree
- Honey ( preferably local or raw)
- Molasses (for gingerbread)
- Cane Sugar or a sugar substitute like Stevia
- Brown Sugar
- Confectioners Sugar ( for beignets )
- Evaporated Milk(non-dairy evaporated milk version here)
- Condensed Milk ( non dairy condensed milk here)
- Oats (old fashioned rolled)
With these ingredients we can make sticky gingerbread, pumpkin bread, Tiana’s beignets, cookies, cake, and all sorts of things we love to have with tea a la Grand Floridian Garden View Tea Room.
You can get all of these ingredients through Amazon Pantry if you’re a Amazon Prime Member or go shopping the old-fashioned with our checklist below.
Complete Pantry List Checklist
If you’d like the Complete Pantry List of items here click here and get shopping.
To get you in the mood for baking try out this simply portable cookie recipe. It’s a perfect housewarming gift, easter basket stuffer, or Easter treat for anyone else in your life.
Cookie Mix in a Jar Recipe
1-1/4c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. sugar
1-8oz. package candy pieces. For Easter we use peanut m&m’s but you can substitute peanut butter cups, Hershey kisses, caramel bits, or anything else you love.
Just stack these in layers in your jar.
For the rest of the recipe you’ll need a little label with the following instructions and additional ingredients.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Recipe for Mason Jar Label
ONE : in a bowl add:
2/3 c. butter or coconut oil
1 tsp water
1/2 tsp. vanilla
TWO: remove the candy pieces from the jar, and place on a plate or bowl
THREE: add the dry jar ingredients to the wet mixture
FOUR: add the candy pieces to the cookie dough
FIVE: place a spoon size amount of dough on a cookie sheet and equally space them across the sheet.