A good friend of mine suggested that I write this post because she was wondering what she should keep in her pantry so that she could make any of my recipes whenever she wanted to. I think that is a great idea! Having all of the essential ingredients on hand makes cooking from scratch so much easier and because I use these items all the time I can buy in bulk and save time and money.
If you want to see what I do with these items and how I fit in making nearly everything from scratch you can find it here.
So, here is my list of items that I always have in my pantry:
bi-carb soda (baking soda)
vanilla powder (or vanilla bean paste)
celtic sea salt or himalayan salt
coconut sugar (for the occasional recipe that has to have granulated sugar)
raw honey (I actually keep a few liquid sweeteners – coconut nectar and maple syrup as well – you don’t need all of them so just use what works for you)
hemp seeds / flax seeds / any other seeds that you like
apple cider vinegar
tapioca flour / arrowroot – if you are not doing GAPS and want to make grain free bread
desiccated coconut (preservative free)
coconut cream – I like honest to goodness or Ayam brands as they are additive and BPA free
grass fed gelatin
a few other spices / dried herbs to suit your tastes (I like nutmeg, paprika, thyme, garam masala, coriander, cumin, cardamon, oregano, bay leaves, mustard seeds and basil and we have a range of other spices too)
vital veggie powder, supergreens + reds, acai berry blend from nutra organics
85% – 90% dark chocolate (or 70% minimum if you can’t manage the really dark stuff)
nutritional yeast flakes
Essential fridge items:
eggs – always free range and preferably organic. I usually by mine from the farmers markets.
variety of nuts of your choice (we have almonds, pecans, walnuts and sometimes brazil nuts and hazelnuts)
grass fed butter / ghee (easy to make your own)
coconut aminos / tamari
almond milk – I make my own
Frozen berries (organic if you can manage it)
These pantry and fridge items will mean that you can make most things at the drop of a hat. Most of them can be found in the supermarket and I like to buy in bulk from a bulk health food store or a the farmers markets (or a co-op if there is one near you).
I often buy my coconut cream by the case which works out much cheaper.
Add in heaps and heaps of fresh veggies, some fruit and meat/fish/poultry (if you eat it) and you are all set to eat real, nourishing food. If you eat meat I also like to keep some grass fed biltong or jerky for easy snacks.
For cleaning I keep white vinegar, bi-carb soda and eucalyptus oil
For treating cuts/scrapes/bites/rashes I keep tea tree oil.
I always keep the mini and large size of the If You Care muffin cases for toxic free and completely non stick muffins and their parchment paper for all other baking and jelly making.
Do you have other essential items?
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