12 Essential Pantry Ingredients
Always be prepared with the bare necessities
Keywords Pantry, Pantry Essentials, Sugar, Olive Oil, Canola Oil, Soy Sauce, Canned Tomatoes, Broth, Flour, Salt, Pasta, Bean, Beans, Lentil, Lentils, Vinegar
Without a well-stocked pantry, cooking up an elegant meal to impress a date, the boss, in-laws, neighbors, or even just a few close friends can be difficult. After all, what good is linguine with clams without a bottle of white wine, lamb tagine without cinnamon sticks, or crème brûlée without vanilla beans? But, a pantry without the bare essentials means it's hard to do any cooking at all. It's probably easy to recall an awkward situation that went something like this:
Sally and Jane are contemplating spending a night in. They are in Sally's kitchen in her brand-new apartment. Boxes are still strewn across the floor, but most importantly, the television has been unpacked, and the coffee table and sofa are in place.
Sally: "I don't feel like going out tonight. Why don't we just stay in and watch a movie?"
Jane: "That's a great idea! I'll make my mom's famous orange spaghetti. What do you have in your cupboard?"
Sally: "Why, Jane my dear, I have everything you need!" Sally opens the cupboard to find mothballs and weevils inside. Awkward silence ensues.
Jane: "Hmm. I think we might have to order takeout."
Sally: "Yeah, let's do that."
Don't let this happen to you. Make sure the pantry is stocked with the bare essentials on our list, and the next time a friend comes over, they might just cook for you. (It's also nice to be able to pop something on the stove quickly after a busy day at work.)