These are items that I try to keep on hand in my pantry closet most all of the time so that when I decide to cook I have these things available. They are the staples of my pantry closet and you’ll see them pop up in the recipes on the blog a lot.
* Update: I’ve revised my pantry since making the switch to a gluten free household last fall. I’m going to put a * next to items I no longer use, but still recommend for those who can eat gluten. I’ve also added a number of gluten free products with links to Amazon in case you have trouble finding those items in your local stores.
100% Pure Maple Syrup
Blue Agave Syrup – replaces corn syrup
Sucanat – replaces refined white sugar, when the final product color doesn’t matter
Evaporated Cane Juice – replaces refined white sugar, when the final product needs to stay “whitish” in color
Light Muscovado – replaces light brown sugar
Dark Muscovado – replaces dark brown sugar
Evaporated Cane Juice & cornstarch pulsed in the food processor – replaces powdered or “confectioners” sugar
Risotto (arborio rice)
Bulgar Wheat with Soy (Hodgson Mill brand)
Cream of Rice Cereal
*Cream of Wheat Cereal
*Quick Cook Oatmeal
*Steel Cut Oatmeal
It’s important to buy the non-instant varieties because the longer they take to cook the longer they take to digest. When it takes a long time for the body to digest the food it keeps blood sugar levels stable, keep your energy level stable, and helps you feel full longer. On the other hand, if you are pressed for time, instant oatmeal is better than no oatmeal.
Beans and Legumes
Garbanzo Beans (aka chickpeas)
Red Kidney Beans
Gluten Free Flours