Whether you have a big or small kitchen pantry, it’s important to stock up on the basics, so you won’t have to run to the store to get what you need to whip up a nice meal for family and friends. Here are some of the basic cooking ingredients you need to stock your pantry with.
Beef Au Jus and Sauces
It’s a French term that means “with juice.” Beef au jus is used in many beef recipes as a dipping sauce, especially the famed prime rib roast. While you can make one yourself, it’s easier to stock up on the au jus concentrates that you can heat up anytime you feel like having a fancy meat dish.
The Basic Condiments
Stock up on ketchup, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, hot sauce chili paste and soy sauce. These basic condiments can help make your dishes taste even more delightful from Italian to Asian recipes.
The Basic Oils and Vinegar
Apart from your basic cooking oil, you should have at least one type of olive oil in your pantry. The most commonly used olive oil variety is extra-virgin olive oil. As for vinegar, there’s the basic distilled white vinegar, balsamic vinegar and rice wine vinegar.
The Basic Seasonings
Among all the seasonings, salt is probably the one you can’t leave without.
You should always have salt in your pantry. Black and white pepper are also important staples as well as basic herbs such as cumin, oregano, paprika, dried thyme leaves, ground coriander and black peppercorns. And when it comes to spice blends, you should always have the basics such as Italian seasoning and curry powder.
The Basics of Cooking
Home cooking is all about the basics. So make sure your pantry is well stocked with these basics so you can create great dishes without the hassle.