Stocking Your Pantry

Being prepared for a last-minute meal can make the day a whole lot easier. Prepare ahead with the perfect pantry - cabinets well stocked with canned foods, assorted pastas, herbs and spices and a new generation of staples - for basic cooking to gourmet meal preparation. Think of the pantry as an oversized toolbox for your recipes, and pack it for wholesome cooking on the spot.

Staples

  • White and brown rice
  • Couscous
  • Pasta in a variety of shapes and sizes
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Condensed Milk
  • Evaporated milk, whole or fat-free
  • All-purpose flour
  • White, brown and confectioners' sugar
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Nuts and nut products
  • Almond paste
  • Snacking nuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Healthy oils: olive, canola, others

Canned Meats and Seafood

  • Tuna, packed in oil or water
  • Anchovies
  • Minced clams
  • Chicken, turkey
  • Pink or red salmon
  • Crabmeat
  • Soup
  • Chicken, vegetable and beef broths
  • Creamed soups like cream of mushroom, broccoli, asparagus, potato, chowder, and celery
  • Other canned soups, such as chicken noodle, tomato, vegetable, minestrone, split pea, French onion, and beef vegetable
  • Canned chili - Chili is available in a variety of flavors, such as beef, vegetable, chicken, turkey, spicy, and Mexican

Canned Vegetables

  • Whole tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Chilies
  • Diced and stewed canned tomatoes flavored with classic Italian seasonings like basil and oregano
  • Corn
  • Mushrooms
  • Green beans
  • Peas
  • Pumpkin

Canned Fruits

  • Dark cherries
  • While berry cranberry sauce
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Pears
  • Apricots and peaches in juice or light syrup with flavor infusions like ginger and raspberry
  • Pineapple
  • Grapefruit
  • Fruit cocktail
  • Blueberries

Canned Beans

  • Cannellini beans
  • Black beans
  • Red beans
  • Chickpeas (garbanzos)
  • Baked beans

Miscellaneous

  • A variety of flavors of jams and jellies
  • Olives
  • Water chestnuts
  • Bottled water
  • Salt
  • Red pepper
  • Black pepper
  • Basil
  • Garlic powder
  • Rosemary
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Chile powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Thyme
  • Curry powder
  • Cumin