How to Stock Your Pantry

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While a good shopping list is the key to a quick and painless trip to the supermarket, a well-stocked pantry is the best way to ensure you’ll have everything you need to cook once you get home.

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Oils, Vinegars

Oils: extra-virgin olive, canola

Vinegars: balsamic, red-wine, white-wine, rice, cider

Condiments

Asian condiments: reduced-sodium soy sauce, fish sauce, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, chile-garlic sauce, toasted sesame oil

Sauces

Barbecue sauce, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce

The Basics

Mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise

Flavorings

Salt: kosher, iodized table

Black peppercorns

Herbs and spices, assorted dried

Onions, fresh garlic, fresh ginger

Olives

Kalamata, green

Capers, anchovies or anchovy paste

Citrus

Lemons, limes, oranges

Dry Goods

Pasta, whole-wheat (assorted shapes); Barley: pearl, quick-cooking; Bulgur; Couscous, whole-wheat; Quinoa; Rice: brown, instant brown, wild; Dried beans and lentils

All-purpose

Flour: whole-wheat, whole-wheat pastry (store opened packages in the refrigerator or freezer), all-purpose

Rolled oats

Cornmeal

Breadcrumbs: plain dry, coarse whole-wheat

Crackers

Whole wheat, sesame, garlic and herb

Chocolate

Unsweetened cocoa powder

Bittersweet chocolate

Sweeteners

Granulated sugar, brown sugar, honey, pure maple syrup

Nuts, Seeds & Fruits

Nuts: walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pine nuts, natural peanut butter

Seeds: pepitas, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds

Dried fruits: apricots, prunes, cherries, cranberries, dates, figs, raisins

Canned and Bottled Goods

Broth: reduced-sodium beef, chicken and/or vegetable (or see page 78 for broth recipes)

Clam juice

"Lite" coconut milk

Tomatoes, tomato paste

Beans: black, cannellini, kidney, pinto, great northern, chickpeas, lentils

Chunk light tuna, Wild Pacific salmon

Wine

Red, white or non-alcoholic

Madeira

Sherry, dry

Refrigerator Items

Milk, low-fat or nonfat

Buttermilk or buttermilk powder

Yogurt, plain and/or vanilla, low-fat or nonfat

Sour cream, reduced-fat or nonfat

Eggs (large) or egg substitute, such as Egg Beaters

Tofu, water-packed

Cheeses

Parmesan cheese, good-quality

Cheddar cheese, sharp

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By: EatingWell Test Kitchen

While a good shopping list is the key to a quick and painless trip to the supermarket, a well-stocked pantry is the best way to ensure you'll have everything you need to cook once you get home. EatingWell's Healthy Pantry includes many of the items you need to prepare the recipes in this book plus a few other ingredients that will make impromptu meals easier.

Check out the slideshow above to find some of the best foods items to have when stocking your pantry.

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