This guide is one of a 6 part cooking 101 series. Check the rest out:
Equipment Guide | The Basics | Seasonal Eating | Get Your Shit Together (recipe book)
How to Build an Epic Salad.. that you’ll want to eat
Cooking 101: A guide to filling your pantry
Instagram pretty pantries aren’t the end goal
A pantry stores not so perishable foods and flavour for you to build your meals upon. A pantry is your bulky meal filler builder, easy flavour source and an essential building block of a kitchen. I try to interchange my ingredients regularly, sauces, spices, pastes are my favourite. If there are ingredients on here you haven’t heard of. Take this list and go find them.
Stock it well and all you need at the shops is fresh produce and maybe some meat/dairy. Better yet if sh*t hits the fan and you don’t have time to get to the shops, you’ll be able to make a meal in a pinch from your pantry.
Build your pantry slowly. Respect the space you have and the contents of it. Keep it organised - but don’t fret if it looks ‘lived in’.
This list is a start, it’s here to inspire not constrict.
NUTS + SEEDS
Sesame seeds (black or white)
HERBS + SPICES
Paprika (smoked, sweet)
Salt (himalayan, smoked, sea)
Extra virgin olive oil
FLOUR + MEAL
SAUCES / VINEGAR / PASTES
Rice wine vinegar
Apple cider vinegar
Red wine vinegar
White wine vinegar
SWEETENERS + SUGARS
Rice malt syrup
BEANS AND LEGUMES
Lentils (green, red, beluga, French etc)
Beans (white, kidney, black eyed, mung)
GRAINS / PASTA / RICE
Rice (white, brown, basmati)
Rice paper rolls