Review the Pantry Staples Checklist
Some families want to have a well-stocked pantry, others don’t cook much so don’t need it. Since you are here, you must be curious what we like to have on hand. This list is a blend of what Maria and Melissa have in their own kitchens, with a few more additions from a favorite cookbook author Donna Hay. Please always check nutrition labels on individual products.
Stock (Veg, Chicken, Beef)
Canned chickpeas, black beans
Mustard (Dijon or whole grain)
Herbs & Spices
Stirfry Veg Mix
Frozen pizza dough
Ready-prepared puff pastry
If you want to go beyond these basics and get more specific, one of our favorites, Donna Hay has some additional suggestions for you:
If you are a rice connoisseur you know this. But here is a crash course on different rice varieties:
Basmati (good for pilafs and when you want fluffy rice)
Arborio (risotto, this stuff gets creamy)
Short Grain (totally versatile, somewhat sticky like sushi rice)
Jasmine (fragrant and great for Asian cuisine, also a bit sticky)
Grains & Lentils
Canned cannellini beans
Couscous (semolina and wheat)
Lentils (green and red)
The Italians match the pasta to the sauce, so go wild and keep a few types on deck:
Macaroni- at Foublie we like the shells
Penne- has a hole in it
Rice noodles (made with rice)
Bean thread noodles (some call these glass noodles made from mung beans)
Egg Noodles (Chinese wheat noodles enriched with egg)
Ramen Noodles (wheat)
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