11 Things Every Pantry Needs To Cook From Scratch

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Here is my list of 11 things every pantry needs to cook from scratch. If you start with this list, the sky is the limit to help us make just about every baked item we would like to bake. Now we can add more foods to our pantry to make even more meals. But today I am going to just talk about what you can make anytime with these baking items below. Yep, you can do it! You do not even need an electric mixer. If you have a large bowl that would really help, depending on what you decide to make.

These items are in the pantry, not the freezer. I want everyone to know what they can make in any emergency when the power is out. Okay, let’s get started.

What Every Pantry Needs:

1. Honey

The great thing about honey is that it lasts forever. It might crystallize but it is still great. You might need a chisel, but it tastes great soft or hard. One thing about honey, you can drizzle it on homemade biscuits, bread or pancakes. Yummy! My baking items have to include honey! Cox’s Honey: Cox’s Honey Website. Be careful with honey and babies. Please do your research. I cringe when I have people tell me they just bought several 5-gallon buckets of honey to store. Please put the honey in quart jars or you may be sorry, just so you know. It will last forever but you will need a way to get it to soften in order to use it. I know because I have had to put my half-gallons of honey outside in the heat of the summer and keep my fingers crossed it would go back to its original consistency.

2. Real Salt

Everyone usually has some salt in the cupboard. Here’s the deal with salt, our bodies need salt to survive. I am not talking excessive, but salt makes some foods taste better as well. Plus I need to bake certain items as listed below. This is my favorite: Redmond Real Salt, Fine Ground, 26 Ounce Pouch

3. Olive Oil

We can use olive oil for so many baking items, which I will list below. Remember olive oil does not have a long shelf life. I never store mine for more than 1 year. Six months is even better. But I have eaten at homes and the olive oil on side dishes or salads tastes rancid. Some people have it for years. Oh, man is it bad, in my opinion. When in doubt…throw it out.

4. SAF Yeast

I realize you can make a lot of things without this commercial yeast. My very good friend, Melissa Richardson who wrote the book “The Art Of Baking With Natural Yeast” never uses commercial yeast. I am like an old dog and still love my no fail freshly ground whole wheat bread. Saf Instant Yeast, 1-Pound Pouches (Pack of 4)

5. Baking Soda

This is a “must have” for some homemade food items. This is a very important baking item for the pantry.

6. Baking Powder

This is also a “must have” for some homemade items.

7.  Coconut Oil

Let me count the ways we can use coconut oil! Not just for the pantry…..plus this has a longer shelf life than most oils. The temperature where it is stored is critical. Not in a hot garage.

8. Powdered Butter

Well, we do need some powdered butter in the pantry. Do you remember me telling you I opened a can of powdered butter and I mixed the portions on the can and started stirring? I start gagging just thinking of the smell. The website said it tasted just like “Land O’Lakes” butter. NO WAY! I still laugh about that. Powdered butter for baking is a great emergency food storage item. Red Feather Butter is yummy that you san store for emergencies. It’s a little pricey but it tastes good. Please do not “can” butter it is not safe to eat, trust me on this one. Here’s the Red Feather butter that rocks: 24 Cans Red Feather Creamery Butter From New Zealand

9. Instant or Powdered Milk

This one is a “must have” baking item, but is also perfect for those days when you are out of milk and the roads are iced over. You can make milk to drink, cook with, on cereal, etc.! Love it!

10. Powdered Eggs (OvaEasy are my favorite)

These are my favorite #10 can eggs (they have packages inside the can). They are 100% eggs. Of course, if you have chickens or quail you are set for any meal.

11. Wheat (I prefer Hard White), White Bread Flour or Your Choice of Gluten-Free Flour

If you have wheat you will need a wheat grinder. You can sprout wheat as well. Be sure and check the shelf life for white flour (6-12 months at the most). Please do not go out and store large bags of flour that will go rancid in a year or two. When in doubt throw it out. I believe in waste not want not too…but I do not want to get the “flu” as in food poisoning.

Meals You Can Make With 11 Basic Baking Items:

Bread, pancakes, muffins, pasta, cracked wheat, sprouted wheat, tortillas. You can also make crackers, mayonnaise, English muffins, Swedish Hotcakes, Popeye Pancakes, cookies, and crepes. You can also make custards, puddings, cakes, waffles, and biscuits. Is your mouth watering now? I want to make some crepes right now! Here’s the deal, look at all these items you can make in a disaster if you have just these 11 items. Now if you have some fruit, vegetables, and cheese……you will rock with meals! These are just a few of the things every pantry needs.

PRINTABLE recipes: Whole-Wheat-Bread-For-Two Recipe    White-Bread-For-Two Recipe   The Best Hamburger Buns by Linda   Cheddar Cheese Biscuits from Old Family Recipes

Let’s be ready for those winter storms. Please fill your pantry with these basic baking items. Remember if you can afford to get that $20.00-30.00 butane stove you can cook inside (just crack a window)! Stock up on a few cans of butane…be ready when the power goes out. Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and the fuel: 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

Another great blog:

The Merrill Project 7 Tips For Picking Food Storage For Meals

Readers comments:

Raymond: Hey, Linda, yet another terrific article. I’d add sugar and cinnamon to the list just because of all the wonderful things you can make with the addition of those two items. And like honey, sugar, if stored properly, will last forever. I’m not sure about how long cinnamon will last as no container of it has ever even hit the expiration date at out house.

Carol: I buy Red Feather canned butter. It is the best butter I’ve ever had! Delicious!

Janet: I love Cox’s honey. I have a lot stored. I also buy maple syrup for making applesauce in the fall. I have also found that you can make your own baking powder from baking soda and cream of tartar in a pinch. I have powdered butter, but also have butter in my freezer and in cans bought from campingsurvival.com I can’t imagine having homemade bread without butter.

Phillip: Take any honey that you get in plastic bottles and repack in glass jars. It will set up but if you reheat it in a pan of water on over a low temperature it will go back to a liquid state. They have found honey stored in ceramic jars in Egypt that is still good, some of it is estimated to be over 1000 years old.

Leanne: If you store cinnamon, it is best to store it in sticks then grind it as needed. The sticks will last much much longer than ground.

Leanne: Also- when storing sugar, be aware that you can make your own powdered sugar – may take a lot of elbow grease if no electricity but it can be done. A friend of mine had a birthday (unbeknownst to me) while camping. I made a cake in the dutch oven and ground some (barely enough) sugar into a fine powder to make a simple glaze for it. If you also have molasses in your preps, you can add a bit to white sugar to make brown sugar.

 

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24 thoughts on “11 Things Every Pantry Needs To Cook From Scratch

  • February 5, 2017 at 8:14 am
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    Hey, Linda, yet another terrific article. I’d add sugar and cinnamon to the list just because of all the wonderful things you can make with the addition of those two items. And like honey, sugar, if stored properly, will last forever. I’m not sure about how long cinnamon will last as no container of it has ever even hit the expiration date at out house.

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    • February 5, 2017 at 12:11 pm
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      Hi Raymond, I am adding your comment to my post. I love cinnamon! I just looked at my stash of cinnamon and told Mark to go add it to my grocery list. Thanks for your tip, I’m on it! Linda

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    • February 5, 2017 at 7:23 pm
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      If you store cinnamon, it is best to store it in sticks then grind it as needed. The sticks will last much much longer than ground.

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      • February 6, 2017 at 6:41 am
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        Hi Leanne, oh my gosh, I have never ground cinnamon sticks! I have ground nutmeg, I’m assuming you use a Microplane? Great tip, I;m adding to my post. Thank you, Linda

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        • February 6, 2017 at 12:24 pm
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          I have a small coffee grinder, but a microplane would work well. I generally grind a significant amount in the coffee grinder then just store it as I would any other spice.

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          • February 6, 2017 at 5:56 pm
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            Hi Leanne, I was wondering if you used a coffee grinder! I love it, great idea! Linda

    • February 5, 2017 at 7:26 pm
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      Also- when storing sugar, be aware that you can make your own powdered sugar – may take a lot of elbow grease if no electricity but it can be done. A friend of mine had a birthday (unbeknownst to me) while camping. I made a cake in the dutch oven and ground some (barely enough) sugar into a fine powder to make a simple glaze for it. If you also have molasses in your preps, you can add a bit to white sugar to make brown sugar.

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      • February 6, 2017 at 6:44 am
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        Hi Leanne, great comment and story about making the cake while camping! I have heard about making brown sugar with molasses (I store all of them) but I have never made brown sugar with molasses and white sugar. Great comment, adding this info to my post! Great tip! Linda

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  • February 5, 2017 at 8:34 am
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    I buy Red Feather canned butter. It is the best butter I’ve ever had! Delicious!

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    • February 5, 2017 at 12:17 pm
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      Hi Carol, that is the only butter I REALLY love that is food storage to me! Great tip, I’m adding it to my post, Linda

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  • February 5, 2017 at 8:55 am
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    I love Cox’s honey. I have a lot stored. I also buy maple syrup for making applesauce in the fall. I have also found that you can make your own baking powder from baking soda and cream of tartar in a pinch. I have powdered butter, but also have butter in my freezer and in cans bought from campingsurvival.com I can’t imagine having homemade bread without butter.

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    • February 5, 2017 at 12:18 pm
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      Hi Janet, I wish you were a writer with me on my blog! I’m adding this to my post. You have awesome tips! Hugs! Linda

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  • February 5, 2017 at 6:48 pm
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    Take any honey that you get in plastic bottles and repack in glass jars. It will set up but if you reheat it in a pan of water on low temperature it will go back to a liquid state. They have found honey stored in ceramic jars in Egypt that is still good, some of it is estimated to be over 1000 years old.

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    • February 6, 2017 at 6:39 am
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      Hi, Phillip, I’m so glad you mentioned this because I buy honey in the 12-count cases in 1/2 gallon containers. The last two did crystallize and it was hard to get the honey out. I’m going to do what you said to store them in quart jars which are easier to reheat in a pan of water on low heat as you mentioned. Honey does indeed last indefinitely like it did for 1000 years in Egypt. I’m adding your comment to my post, thank you! Great comment! Linda

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  • February 7, 2017 at 8:22 am
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    Love this! I linked it to my article 7 tips for picking food storage needs to help readers get an idea of “basic” ingredients.

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    • February 7, 2017 at 9:02 am
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      Hi Charisse, I am adding your link to my post, thanks for linking mine! Please check your Instagram button on your blog, It says its not working. Maybe it’s me, but I am now following you on P, IG and FB! Hugs! Linda

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  • February 7, 2017 at 11:44 am
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    I fixed the IG link, I don’t know how I’ve missed that! Thank you, and thanks for the follows too. I love how to write in the tips from the comments at the bottom of your post, it’s been helpful to read without having to scour through the comments. That’s a great idea.

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    • February 7, 2017 at 2:27 pm
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      Hi Charisse, I’m glad you like how I add the comments to my posts. I think we learn from each other. I tried leaving a comment on your post but it said “error” you have written that before or something. It was my first comment! LOL! Hugs, Linda

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  • February 9, 2017 at 8:40 am
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    that’s weird it said “error”. I do check and approve the post before it is written, so I did see the comment. Was that your first one, or second one? I look forward to reading more of your ideas. I’m working on an emergency preparedness post and will most likely be posting more of your ideas too! I’ll let you know!

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    • February 9, 2017 at 11:35 am
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      Hi Charisse, I just tried to make one comment. Glad it went through. Linda

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  • January 31, 2018 at 6:25 am
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    Linda…do you have a favorite powdered mild to store???

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    • January 31, 2018 at 8:18 am
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      Hi Deb, I decided against powdered milk for a couple of reasons. There is nothing wrong with powdered milk other than the taste and how hard it is to mix to a smooth consistency. I opted for Instant Milk from Thrive Life, it is the only one that tastes like milk according to family and friends. I do not drink milk but I do cook with it. http://www.thrivelife.com/milk-powder.html
      SHELF LIFE

      Closed: 25 years
      Open:

      Shelf life based on optimal storage conditions.
      SERVINGS
      Family Size (#10): 57
      Pantry Can: 18
      Pouch: No
      NUTRITION
      Ingredients: Nonfat Milk Solids, Vitamin A Palmitate, and Vitamin D3. Per serving, contains 40% daily value of Vitamin D CERTIFIED GLUTEN FREE (pouch excluded)

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      • January 31, 2018 at 9:32 am
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        Perfect!! Thank you so much for this and your vast wisdom!!! I would sure love to meet you one day!
        Deb 🙂

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        • February 1, 2018 at 4:57 am
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          Hi Deb, I would love to meet you and all my readers!!! I feel like I have some of the best friends in the world even though I have never met them in person. It’s a blessing to me. Hugs, Linda

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