Pantry Essentials For Every Household
Pantry Essentials For Every Household
You might have seen social media and laughed at the people getting roasted for their bland chicken and your aim is to eat some great food. There are basics you need to have around your house to help develop some flavor in all your dishes. We have compiled some essentials that you dont want to miss in your pantry/
1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
We love versatile functionality and extra virgin oil is definitely one that delivers. This healthy oil is a great addition to your kitchen. You can easily use it anywhere, to cook, on salads as a drizzle, to make vinaigrettes and so much more. Off the pantry, you can also use it for cosmetic reasons, but that’s a topic for another day. You can cook with it to achieve a great taste and if you sprinkle it on your salad, you can get a mouthwatering burst of flavor.
If you are going to throw everything out, then leave the salt. This is the only spice that will enhance the flavor in literally every food you cook, heck it is even used in baking. You can make pickles with a good brine. the versatility that comes with salt, is immense and it is not limited to cooking. It is also used for numerous cleaning and disinfecting hacks. This is the one spice that keeps the bland away.
Whether you make it at home or buy some from the store, you need this liquid gold around your house. It is great for pasta dishes, soups, or even good stews. Packed with flavor, you will notice the difference between using water for a stew versus using a good broth. Making some at home is also pretty easy, as it involves just boiling meat in a few aromatics and spices for a period of time.
Apart from vampires, garlic also keeps the bland taste at bay. Garlic has its own unique taste and adding it to food only umps it up a notch. Pesto, dipping sauces, and spreads are some of the things you could get done with garlic. You definitely need some of these cloves around your pantry. Once you start using garlic, there is no stopping the culinary transformation you will feel.
This tangy rhizoid goes in your food, your smoothies, your teas, your foods and you can even make candy with it. Try and get the real stuff and not the powder. Even though we like some good value addition, the powder does not have the same effect fresh ginger does. You can grind up some for an easy-go paste you can add to your food with ease. That morning smoothie? Try and add a little ginger and taste the difference it will make.
Cumin’s warm, earthy, slightly peppery flavor and aroma are more versatile than you might think. It’s not only an essential favorite chili recipe, but it’s also in Indian and Mediterranean specialties like hummus. Cumin pairs well with meat, particularly beef and pork, but it can also add depth and complexity to vegetarian dishes. I enjoy grilling potatoes and carrots with cumin because the spice’s smokiness balances out the vegetables’ natural sweetness.
Whether you are going to have the root or the powder, you need some of this around the house. One thing about turmeric though, it is potent, so you only need a little per dish. It also has very lasting stains, so you might want to use the powder to avoid getting turmeric fingers. If possible, use it in stews and curries, that’s where it plays out best.
8. Mixed Seasoning
This mostly depends on where you come from and your food culture. This mixed seasoning is anything from garam masala to Cajun seasoning to adobo and so much more. You can create your own seasoning from a blend of spices you have around the house to achieve a specific flavor profile. There are some people who create specific blends for dry rubs, meats, and even dips. With spice blends, there are so many paths you can take. Go ye forth and experiment.
9. Black Pepper
So, for beginners, you might be familiar with the bottled powder, but culinary enthusiasts know that the secret lies in freshly ground black pepper. You can buy black peppercorns or get the powder depending on what is accessible at the moment. Whole peppercorns can last for roughly 3 to 4 years and ground black pepper is best for about 2 years. This spice brings a kick to the food without overwhelming the heat for those who can’t handle it. A definite must-have.
Honey is not just a healthy alternative to processed sugar. Even with a jar lying around, most people, however, don’t go much beyond using honey as a topping for toast or pancakes, or as a sweetener for tea. That sweet and sticky nectar is far more versatile in the kitchen. You can use it to make a marinade, to make a sweet or sweet and sour dip, to make a glaze, for homemade granola, for making jams, and to give your curry somebody among much much more. I mean, there is a reason it was called food for the kings.
While these are some of the things, we think you should not miss in your pantry, there are some that are also essential and should be added to the grocery list for the next grocery run. Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is not just good in baking, combined with a mild acid like vinegar or lemon juice, it is a great cleaning hack that can be used around the house. Speaking of mild acids, vinegar is also another essential you need to have around, and not just for cleaning purposes, its tangy taste is great in salads.
These are some of the items we use and consider essential in our house. What about you? What are your pantry must-haves? Spice, herbs, and all share them with us on our social media platforms. We would be glad to hear from you.