Building a kitchen pantry

Probably many of you are women, and even if you’re a man this sort of knowledge should be generalized. I am not one that agrees with the fact that ”women belong in the kitchen only” but I do trust women should do most of the kitchen business, as it is natural, normal and well, better for the entire family – unless you got yourself a chef for a husband, of course! But since that doesn’t happen often, women are the ones in need to keep the house economy and especially the count on what everyone needs, dietary preferences and needs for your family and what we miss or not in the kitchen.

The kitchen for me has a special place in my heart for the simple reason that I spent my childhood behind my grandmother’s apron tasting, smelling and observing all and everything she was doing. She was and still is a woman that has great love for feeding others (well, as all grandmothers I suppose) and as a result she’d been cooking all her life, sometimes for grandfather and herself, many times for me, and equally much she would do big portions of food to give a helping hand to others that did not had the privilege of time if working all day long.

Building a kitchen pantry filled with essentials will not only aid you when your imagination stops working, but will also help when you lack time or health to go to the nearest market and get the necessary.

A kitchen pantry can greatly differ from country to country but especially from culture to culture and continent to continent, so whatever you will find here listed is from the point of view of a general European perspective.

What are the 5 main ingredients of a pantry

  1. Butter
  2. Flour
  3. Milk/Cream
  4. Salt
  5. Dried (or fresh in the freezer) yeast

I would say that without those, you can rarely make anything and they are the main ingredients for a basic bread, so it is easy to remember that you NEED to have them no matter what.

What other things to have?

  • Garlic
  • Spices (salt, pepper, cinnamon, paprika, oregano and/or basil)
  • Frozen fresh herbs (chieves, parsley, dill or even already cut garlic)
  • Onions
  • Butter (can be animal butter and some sort of nut butter, peanut butter)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Oats
  • Tuna cans or Anchovies (healthier)
  • Gherkin, red peppers, olives in glass jars
  • Dried lentils
  • Bouillon cube (look for an organic one with no palm oil or too many chemicals in)
  • Vanilla extract or beans
  • Baking essentials (baking powder, baking soda, some sort of sugar)
  • Honey
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Cocoa powder

If you happen to have a secret necessary in your kitchen that we all should be aware of, do not hesitate leaving a comment and letting us know. These are the ones I found more useful to have in hand and I am sure it might come in handy for those that are building a house for themselves, starting to live away from their parents or are just interested in what others consider ”essential”.

See you soon in the next post!