Stocking up in the kitchen

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  1. MuckeyBusiness

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    What do you guys stock up on for the kitchen and meals. We are planning our meals but we always want to stock up on stuff incase we want to cook something easy that night or we have an off night and have nothing planned or we want to stock up in our pants for spices and what not... any ideas?
     
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  3. Caesar753

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    Our most commonly used pantry items are....

    Chicken breasts
    Canned tomatoes
    Frozen corn
    Dried pasta
    Canned/boxed chicken broth
    Canned cream soup
    Tuna
    Canned beans (kidney, pinto, black)
    Parsley
    Lawry's (seasoned salt)
    Garlic powder
    Onion powder
     
  4. Ms. I

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    Definitely certain seasonings:

    garlic pepper
    red pepper flakes
    pepper
    Lawry's seasoned salt
    onion pwder
    garlic powder

    pasta
    extra virgin olive oil
    onions
    Morningstart Farms meatless patties & links

    I'd keep mushrooms all the time if they didn't spoil so quickly
     
  5. Ima Teacher

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    I keep all kinds of dried pasta and rice. I have canned and frozen veggies, canned fruits, dried beans, tuns, and canned or boxed soups. I have a variety of spices, and then the staples like flour, sugar, baking mix, etc.

    Cheeses, eggs, bread, tortillas, various condiments. I don't eat much meat, but I usually keep soy crumbles, shrimp, fish, and breaded chicken in the freezer.

    I shop every 4-6 weeks.
     
  6. TamiJ

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    I always have to have tomato sauce and chicken stock on hand.
     
  7. JustMe

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    I always have a variety of pastas; simple tomato sauce as well as those tiny cans of sauce with garlic seasoning; brown rice; quinoa; canned carrots, potatoes, and green beans; vegetable stock; refried beans; tortillas; and then basic spices and seasonings such as pepper, paprika, chili powder, garlic, onion, parsley, and basil. And cereal...lots of that. :)
     
  8. Blue

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    I keep frozen meats in the freezer. For quick meals I have heat and eat chicken sausage. I also have some add chicken or pasta in the freezer. (Not really my thing, but comes in handy.)

    I can create a feast out of frozen hash browns, eggs, and what is in the refrigerator.
     
  9. msaly

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    We always have:
    bread
    peanut butter
    chicken Broth/Stock
    pasta
    rice
    cream of chicken and mushroom soup
    Bertolli's Five Cheese Pasta Sauce or cans of hunts tomato sauce
    Lawry's seasoning salt
    Lawry's garlic salt
    salt/pepper and other herbs
    Italian salad dressing
    potatoes
    canned corn and green beans
    frozen mixed veggies
    shredded cheese
    milk
    various condiments- mayo, ketchup etc
    we eat a lot of chicken- so we normally have a package or 2 in the freezer, and usually some ground beef.
    I usually keep a frozen pasta dinner (like the Bertolli ones that come in a bag) incase I need a quick dinner.
     
  10. silverspoon65

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    I usually only buy for meals, but I always keep a jar of sauce (or some frozen if I have made my own) and some dried pasta. That way, there is always SOMETHING to eat. There is almost always stuff for a sandwich, too.

    As far as other things, there is always olive oil, flour, sugar, etc. and our spice cabinet is pretty ridiculous in size, so I don't really ever worry about not having a spice we might need.
     
  11. runsw/scissors

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    Ground beef
    frozen chicken breasts
    pastas and sauce
    soups of various kinds
    butter
    bread
    bagels
    lunch meat
    lettuce
    tomatoes
    sliced cheese
    condiments
    seasoning salt
    sea salt and pepper corns
    eggs
    yougart
    cereal
    canned/boxed meals (I know they aren't the healthiest, but they are nice to have around in a pinch.)
    basic baking/cooking staples like what others have mentioned (flour, sugar, olive oil, etc.)
     
  12. mollydoll

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    I have a huge pantry.

    Various pastas
    Couscous (cooks in 5 minutes!)
    Quinoa
    Cans of crushed tomatoes (sauté some garlic, add some thyme, oregano, salt, red pepper flakes, tomatoes and you have a great, tasty, cheap marinara; add veggies for more oomph)
    Wraps (freeze well)
    All sorts of flours
    All sorts of spices. If you find a store that has bulk spices, you can stock up on a wide variety cheaply.
    Soy butter
    Various oils and vinegars
    Nice quality salt
    Smoked salt, adds a nice depth to some things; ditto smoked paprika
    I always have fresh parsley, carrots, potatoes around
    Tofu
    In the freezer I keep veggie burger patties, edamame, Lima beans, corn, butternut squash
    I buy dried and canned chickpeas, black beans, black eyed peas, kidney beans
    I usually have sushi making ingredients too: nori, sushi rice and then can whip up quick sushi with whatever veggies I have on hand
    natural nut butters, can make up a quick peanut or cashew sauce for salads or pasta
    I always have lots of fresh lemons, some limes
     
  13. Enseignante<3

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    The BF and I always have

    pasta sauce (I make my own with meatballs and sausage every few weeks and freeze it)
    dried pasta
    rice
    some sort of cheese (I'm a fanatic)
    Cereal
    Milk
    PB & J
    Whole grain bread
    we keep some chicken in the freezer usually
    a frozen pizza for those nights we REALLY don't feel like cooking
    potatoes
    onions or shallots
    garlic
    some frozen veg
    condiments
    canned tomatoes
    we ALWAYS have lemons
    butter
    all sorts of baking stuff b/c I bake often

    we shop weekly or biweekly and plan our meals ahead of time (we actually painted a chalk board on one of our kitchen walls that has our weekly menu :) ) We buy mostly meats and fresh veg/fruits then

    my most used spices/seasonings/herbs are olive oil, garlic, kosher salt, fresh black pepper, cayenne, red pepper flakes, basil, parsley
     

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