Pantry Staples that every frugal home needs.
Your pantry should be there to help you especially if you stock it with pantry staples that every frugal home needs. It shouldn’t be there to make you feel overwhelmed or uninspired. It should serve you and your family as a bank of nutritious food. By always having it stocked with these pantry staples you should be able to whip up some easy meal at a drop of a hat!
Tinned tomatoes – I always have at least 6 tins of tomatoes in my pantry. Easy pasta sauce base and versatile for nearly all stews and casseroles.
Tin beans – (kidney, 4 bean mix, black beans etc). Beans can be used alone as a mince and meat substitute or vegetarian option and a filler to add to mince.
Mushrooms (Tin) – An extra vegetable to add to any pasta or rice dish.
Corn (Tin) – tin vegetables are great fillers when fresh options are limited.
Tuna (Tin) – a cheap and easy to store protein. Can be served as a dish or alone for a simple lunch with crackers.
Tomato Paste/Passata – while they are not a true substitute for each other they work for each other in a variety of ways and help you make a simple sauce or meal base.
Rice – Rice served as a side with almost any meals can help bulk it up, it is also great to go into soups to add extra bulk.
Pasta – pasta served as a side with almost any meals can help bulk it up, it is also great to go into soups to add extra bulk.
Minced Garlic – minced garlic is a long-time friend of mine, while I still use fresh garlic time to time, the easy and cost of minced garlic is hard to go past. It easily adds an extra flavour.
Jar of pesto – easy meal served with pasta or one crackers.
Flour – easy option to thicken a sauce, a staple for pizza dough and flat breads.
Olive oil – Super versatile use it as a dressing or to cook with.
Basic spices – Easy way to add extra flavour into a basic meal.
Meals you can make with these pantry staples with none or a small amount of fresh ingredient could be –
Pesto pasta, tuna pasta, tomato risotto, Mexican rice, corn fritters, tuna patties, garlic pizza, basic bolognese, tuna and corn pasta.
I always have these in my pantry, and while I try to make from scratch where possible, certain things I find are perfect to have on hand. For me, pasta and pesto with a sprinkle of cheese is simple comfort food. Perfect when you don’t feel like cooking or don’t have any time. Did I miss anything? I would love to hear what you think is have to have in your pantry!