Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Well-Stocked Pantry for Christmas Cooking

The last thing any holiday cooks want to do is walk around the kitchen and find out that they are missing a vital item they need to finish a meal in fantastic fashion. Undoubtedly it has happened to you at least once. Be sure it doesn’t happen again with this pantry staple list for the holidays.

Each holiday, most of us prepare the same things. There are favorite family dishes that must be prepared or Aunt Minnie will have a fit. That goes for desserts as well. Since you know this in advance, let’s make sure that the kitchen cupboards are stocked with the items you use the most.

The pantry list includes items for the fridge, cupboard and the freezer. 

Let’s begin with the cupboard:

  • Flour (all purpose, cake)
  • Baking soda
  • Dry yeast (for breads)
  • Sugar (white, brown, confectioners’)
  • Chocolate (bricks, squares, morsels, cocoa powder)
  • Nuts (pecans, English walnuts, almonds)
  • Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, pepper)
  • Baking powder
  • Honey, oil, vinegar
  • Broth
  • Dried fruits
  • Vegetables (sweet potatoes, white potatoes, onions, garlic)
  • Rice
  • Dried pasta

This is just a short list. Depending on your tastes, you’ll add or detract from it depending on your tastes. Now we move on to the fridge. Some items just need to stay in there to stay fresh. To know your refrigerated pantry staples, think of things that you are always sending someone to the store for.

The Fridge:

  • Milk
  • Butter (not margarine)
  • Sour cream
  • Eggs
  • Lemon juice
  • Half and half

This list is shorter because you use these items more when you cook and bake around the holidays than any other time. The broth from the other list will end up in the fridge after you open it.

Don’t forget the freezer. Most of the freezer staples come into play with baking but they can pertain to cooking the meal if you make fruit relishes, cranberry sauce from scratch and other condiment additions to your holiday table.

The Freezer:

  • Frozen fruit (berry mix, peaches)
  • Frozen vegetables (to make up for any shortfall with fresh veggie side dishes)
  • Fruit juices from concentrate

As you can see, there are a lot of staples that you’ll need when cooking and baking for the holidays. You don’t necessarily have to account for every family member who darkens your door. If your list includes at least these items you are well on your way to a well-stocked holiday pantry.

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