Setting up a frugal pantry
Setting up a frugal pantry is essential for any kitchen regardless of its size or the types of food being prepared. Generally, when many think “pantry” they think of only dry goods, such as: rice, flour, sugar, canned goods etc. A true pantry includes refrigerated and frozen staple food items as well. A basic pantry will include some core produce.
Item selection for a frugal pantry
Setting up a frugal pantry requires kitchen space, planning, common sense and money. Once all of those things are considered, it is up to you to care for your inventory. You must keep foods sealed, labeled and properly rotated. This is extremely important, because those practices will protect your investment. It is a preferred practice to replenish pantry items as they become low rather than when they have run out.
Exercising your pantry
Setting up a frugal pantry requires that common sense I mentioned above. If you know you wont be baking breads, by all means, skip that bag of bread flour. Not making any sweet quick breads or cookies? Don’t buy vanilla extract. I simply can’t imagine not having some sort of cookie or sweet in my house. All kidding aside, the pantry list and printable PDF I have created are simply a guideline for you based upon my own pantry. You can adjust or add to your pantry based upon your personal preferences, and funds.
The recipes from Earnest Apron will be formulated from this very pantry list, with consideration to seasonal availability of many other fruits and vegetables. This list alone gives a lot of flexibility. As I was writing the first draft I began thinking about all the things that could be made from it, like, Focaccia Bread, Biscuits, Chicken Pot Pie, Fried Chicken, Meatloaf, Minestrone Soup. In fact, I’m kind of glad I’m not hungry right now, or I would never get this page finished. For the printable PDF version click here.