Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Basic Cooking Ingredients You Need to Keep on Hand

Saving on food often means cooking from scratch, so there will be some things you use often. These basic things are generally inexpensive and store well.

Keeping a full pantry will save you money, but you may not want to run out and buy everything all at once. If you watch for sales, you can stock up and be ready to make many dishes whenever you like. You don't even have to plan ahead much if you keep certain things on hand.


Here is a list of the basics, but yours may be different, depending on what you use the most often.


  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sugar
  • Cornmeal
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Yeast
  • Powdered or canned milk
  • Powdered baking cocoa
  • Vanilla
  • Oil
  • Eggs or egg substitute
  • Spices
  • Garlic
  • Onions

You might also add dry beans, pasta, rice and various grains such as oatmeal and barley, depending on your preferences.

Since it takes awhile to cook them, it's not a bad idea to have a few cans of cooked beans on hand, but it's less expensive to cook your own. They freeze very well, so when you do cook them, make enough to freeze in portions for future dishes.

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