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Stress-Free Cooking: Staples To Always Have On Hand

Stress-Free Cooking: Staples To Always Have On Hand

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There are few things more frustrating that going to cook dinner at 5:30 pm (or whenever you get home) and finding that you don’t have something you need to cook the meal. Then you’re faced with a choice: either run to the store or find a substitute ingredient. It can be a pain! So, here are some staples to have on hand in your cupboards to help you cultivate a stress free kitchen!

Kitchen Staples To Always Have On Hand

Staple 01: Oils and Vinegars

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These are some of the basics you should have on hand. They work well for frying, sauteing, and tenderizing your meats.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • White Vinegar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Balsamic Vinegar

Staple 02: Spice and More

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Having these on hand are super helpful. Yes you can substitute some of these ingredients, but I will also say that if you’re planning a recipe on the fly, these are the ones that you want to have on hand.

  • Salt (table or sea)
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dried Basil
  • Ground Cumin
  • Chile Powder
  • Ground Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Ground Cayenne
  • Paprika

Staple 03: Condiments

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These are great for dipping and creating sauces, which when you’re cooking with meat can be a must.

  • Soy Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard (your preference)
  • Hot Sauce
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Mayonnaise

Staple 04: Canned Goods and More

These canned goods form the basis of most recipes. I find that keeping a can or two of them on hand is super helpful when I’m cooking up something good in the kitchen.

  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Tomato Paste
  • Salsa
  • Canned Beans (black, kidney, etc.)
  • Chicken stock or bouillon cubes
  • Beef stock or bouillon cubes
  • Olives (kalamata, black, green)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Your favorite jam or preserves (useful for baking)

Staple 05: Dry Storage

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These ingredients are good to have on hand in case of emergency, but also as a way to beef up your recipes.

  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Penne pasta
  • Rolled oats
  • Dried bread crumbs
  • Brown rice (or white if you prefer)
  • Quinoa or couscous

Staple 06: Baking Goods

These are must haves for baking and even for cooking depending on the recipe.

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Chocolate chips
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cornstarch
  • Honey

Staple 07: Refrigerator Must Haves

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These are basics for your fridge to keep it well stocked and in working order.

  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Active Dry Yeast

Now that you’ve got the basics, it’s important to have a way to organize it all! I’ve got you there. To organize your canned goods, you’ll want something like this. Not only will it help you keep your goods from falling all over the floor, but it also helps you see what you have on hand at a glance.

Once you’ve got your canned goods under control, you’re going to want to have something airtight to store the rest in. These airtight containers are perfect for pasta, rices, and baking ingredients.

The last thing to organize is your spices! There are a bunch of ways to organize them, from classic shelves to metal racks to a rotating tower. Whatever you choose, just make sure it works with your cabinet organization and set up.

And there you have it friends! Hopefully these staples will help you cook stress free.



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