Besides the boxed dinners and jars of pickled beets, what’s in your pantry?
Most of us have some canola oil, salt, a bag of sugar and maybe a spray can of Pam. But right when you feel enthused about starting a recipe or trying to eat better, you realize that your pantry is woefully unprepared for your cooking expedition.
This article is going to cover the basics, while also teaching some old dogs as new tricks in the kitchen.
You need more than just Canola to get through. Everyone should have at least 2 types of oils on hand for various recipes.
High Heat Oil
Smoking point is when the temperature reaches it’s hottest levels and literally begins to smoke. When this happens, the oil releases toxic free radicals into your food, kills the taste, and kills whatever nutritional value there was in it.
All oils will get bitter as they age so toss out the old dusty bottles that’ve been there for over a year.
Salt & Spices
Sugars you should keep around
Nuts & Seeds
Some grains to try:
Arborio Rice (for Risotta)
Barley (not for those with food sensitivities) Great in soups, beer, and meats, but not everyone’s body likes barley, so use with awareness.
Quinoa (Technically a fruit, but we eat it as a grain)
Basmati Rice (More flavorful and colorful)
Whole Steel-cut oats
Like everything we do at Eat2Live2Love, I encourage you to start small, start where you are, and try new things the next time you’re at the store!