So. Kitchen-y-Goodness.

February 5, 2010 at 1:47 am (cooking, Personal)

Going through my mom’s kitchen and familarizing myself with what she does (and doesn’t) have, I’ve been working up quite the list of “things every kitchen/pantry should have”.

Why am I sharing it here? Because I can.
Kitchen – keep in mind… cooking is an art. Baking is a science. A plate is your canvas, pots, pans, knives, your paintbrushes.
*At least 1 very good sharp knife. Normally, I work with about 3 different ones (sizes/tips). No, I don’t know what they’re called.
*Decent pots and pans.  Small pot, big pot, big thingy for making sauce in… pans for grilled-cheese size…and maybe a slightly bigger one for side items.
*Baking dishes!!! 😀 Seriously, at least 3 cassrole-type dishes.
*Obviously, cookie sheets, cake pans, cupcake pans.
*Cutting boards. 1 wood, 1 plastic. Use the plastic for meat and other things with nasty microorganisms.
*Mixing spoons, wood and plastic is my preference.
*Spatulas. Heat-resistant is good.
*GOOD tongs. Yanno, not the kit ones. Decent ones that pick stuff up
*Mixing bowls!
*Measuring cups and spoons.
*Uh…stuff. Common sense, folks.

Pantry:
*Cooking Oil
*Olive Oil. Extra Virgin doesn’t really matter..but quality will affect taste so… yeah. Buy the good stuff.
*Flour
*Sugar – regular, at least. Brown and powdered are a bonus!!
*Salt! Regular old salt, kosher salt, sea salt.. pick your poison. We’ve got sea salt in a grinder. I like kosher salt too, tho.
*Pepper. Freshly ground has WAAAAAY better flavor.
*Pasta. Keep a variety on hand. 🙂
*Soy sauce.
*Worcestershire sauce.
*Bisquick.
*Jiffy Mix
*Honey!
*Maple syrup. Why not?
*Canned protein. I like keeping chicken and tuna in water.
*Canned Veggies – corn, green beans, and peas seem to keep the best. Carrots get waaaaaay too mushy.
*Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce, Tomato Paste. See? Worst case, you can make spaghetti!
*Canned soups keep well! Cream of Mushroom works well for chicken or pork, or tuna noodle casserole. Chicken noodle is handy to have on hand for in case you’re sick (but I find wonton soup to be the best!)
*I usually try to keep a few cans of chili and some cornbread mix around, too.
*For spices,…well, it varies on your own tastes. Me, I keep around:
~~~Oregano*
~~~Sage*
~~~Garlic&Herb Mrs. Dash*
~~~Minced Onion
~~~Garlic Powder*
~~~Garlic Salt*
~~~Dill
~~~Ground Cloves
~~~Ground Ginger*
~~~Allspice
~~~Lemon Pepper*
~~~Paprika
~~~Rosemary
~~~Thyme

There’s more… keep in mind, you never want to run out. What happens if you get sick? Or terrible weather keeps you from getting to the store? Or you’re just too darn tired from work to shop? So when you’re down to about 2-3 meals, shop for new supplies. 🙂 Just make sure you use the older stuff first! ^,^.

I’m tired. That’s all for now. 🙂

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1 Comment

  1. pooftacular said,

    Excellent reference list for me, thanks!! 🙂

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