Packing your Pantry (part 2)

Here are a few more tips and recipes to help you stay well-stocked and inspired! ICYMI: here’s part one.

homemade fries dipped in  sriracha infused fry sauce
homemade fries with sriracha infused fry sauce dripped on them

Photo from Savor The Best

05 Condiments, Oils, and Vinegars

are absolute necessities for creating well-balanced meals from your pantry. A high-quality olive oil will always improve your cooking and give you a good serving of healthy fat in the process. Keep a stash of mustard, chili paste, and hot sauce on hand to add flavor to your favorite dishes. Ditto for vinegar: it gives a hint of brightness to your dishes while white vinegar can double as a handy kitchen cleaner. Also, don’t forget about your favorite jarred salsas, olives, and capers. Try kicking up the flavor on both your fries and your burger with this Srirachi infused fry sauce by Savor The Best!

a korean inspired sardine rice bowl with sardines in a spicy sauce, rice, and a fried egg

Photo from Kitchen Gidget

06 Canned fish and meat

are an easy way to inject protein into your diet. Classic tuna salad is not the only dish that you can make with canned fish; try your hand at canned salmon chowder or a Korean-inspired sardine rice bowl. Or, use canned chicken to boost your pasta or fix an indulgent buffalo chicken dip.

This sardine pasta, reminiscent of a traditional Sicilian dish, is made with the ends of your bread and pantry staples. We love this recipe from the New York Times.

chicken satay with a peanut sauce and lime wedge
chicken satay being dipped into peanut sauce

Photo from Jessica Gavin

07 Nut butters

are an abundant source of healthy fats, protein, and nutritionally dense calories. While peanut butter is most popular, varieties like cashew, almond, pecan, and walnut butters are all tasty options. And, for those allergic to nuts, sunflower, hemp, and pumpkin seed butter are great alternatives. Not only are these butters delightful for snacking, but they can be used to make a wide array of sauces. Come for the Chicken Satay, stay for the peanut sauce!

A big bowl of broth with a fresh herb garnish

08 Broth

is the backbone of some of the world’s favorite dishes. Whether you’re trying to make a chicken noodle soup or a soft broth to deglaze a risotto, broth is an absolute necessity. Boxed broth is a great option, as is jarred bouillon. The bouillon option saves space and allows deeper control of the intensity of your broth’s flavor.

Pro Tip:Make your own stock by saving all the leftovers from your favorite roast or rotisserie chicken with recipe from The Kitchn.

P.S. If you’re as in love with roast chicken as we are, check out our post on the ins and out of roasted chicken.

Stock up on your faves. Do you have a favorite canned soup? A boxed meal that warms your heart? Dried staples you love? Keep a few tucked in the cabinet for a rainy day and check the dates periodically to keep your pantry as fresh – and delicious – as possible.