A to Z Guide to Kitchen Pantry Organization

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     Having an organized kitchen pantry saves time from locating items for meal preparation and money from purchasing additional glasses, cups, pans, and pots. We tend to remember the aforementioned items since we use them daily but what about food items. Take a few hours to organize your pantry to save time before your next big meal or party. Here is a A to Z guide to help you prepare your kitchen pantry with common food items to minimize your time in the kitchen:

  • Applesauce can be substituted for menus/recipes requiring butter or margarine.
  • Beans (both canned and dried black or kidney beans) come in handy for soups and stews.
  • Cereal (both hot and cold tastes great by adding bananas, cranberries, strawberries, or raisins).
  • Dried fruits like prunes make good snacks because of fiber.
  • Extracts (Almond, lemon, orange, and vanilla) can be used for pies and cake recipes.
  • Flour (ex. All Purpose) for breads and cakes. Also, some use it for frying chicken.
  • Gelatin with flavors cherry, lemon, and strawberry for snack time.
  • Hominy grits provide a fulfilling meal on cool mornings before school/work/childcare duties.
  • Iodine salt should be used at a minimum. However, herbs/seasoning/spices can be substituted.
  • Lemon/Limes can be used for salads or flavoring juices, tea, or water.
  • Milk (boxed/evaporated/powdered) are good to have for power/electricity problems.
  • Nuts (almonds/peanuts/walnuts) can be added to yogurt, smoothies, or salads.
  • Oils (canola, olive, peanut) for multiple recipes.
  • Pasta is great with beef, chicken, or seafood as well as alone.
  • Rice is a cheap and fulfilling for quick meals at lunch or dinner.
  • Soup is a good standby during the fall/winter-chicken and turkey are favorites.
  • Tuna to use as a sandwich, on a salad, or in a pasta dish.
  • Vinegar over salads is common.
  • Water is critical for drinking and having extra for emergencies like floods/hurrincanes.
  • Yeast can be used for baking breads, cookies, or cakes.

       Remember, you may want to increase or decrease this list as needed.

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