Sometimes people don’t know where to start when planning out their pantry cabinet storage goals. I get emails from people asking where to start when putting together food storage.
I get it. We have all been there. Some of us have more shelf space, others not so much.
Some of us had parents who always had a pantry stocked with food. My mother was a woman who taught her 4 daughters how to sew, cook from scratch, can food, make bread, and how to make biscuits. Not everyone was so lucky to have a mom like I had.
It was a way of life for our family to cook together in the kitchen and prepare meals as a team. We never ate out, unless it was someone’s birthday.
When I was growing up, I remember one food drive-up that had teenagers wearing roller-skates to deliver food to cars and hook the tray on our door via the rolled-down window. Now it seems that eating out, particularly at fast-food drive-up windows, is part of our culture rather than eating at home much of the time.
If you are buying smaller packages of flour, I highly recommend King Arthur Flour.
These are the one-pound bread pans I have for all my bread-making: One-Pound Bread Pans (7.75 x 3.75 x 2.5 inches). My mother used two-pound or 1-1/2 pound pans, they are too big for me.
I like my bread fresh and soft. I store my bread in Bread Bags. Yes, I freeze my bread after baking it.
What You Need In Your Pantry Cabinet
Nowadays, I see some popular drive-throughs for fast food with cars lined bumper to bumper in my little town. And it’s not just one drive-through that’s super busy, it’s almost every drive-through.
Here’s the deal, I understand everyone has a busy life, kids, grandkids, sports, carpooling, plays, etc. Grabbing a quick meal has become very popular, at least in my town.
Here’s my concern, are we so busy that maybe we are not taking the time to teach our families to cook from scratch? There are many families that are teaching their children and grandchildren, I realize that. This skill will be a blessing in their lives for generations to come.
One thing I learned when eating at a dinner table were words like, “please pass the salad,” or “please pass the butter.” How can we teach our kids manners in a car in a drive-through?
And setting the table the correct way, and learning you always use a napkin, no exception. Okay, I will get off my soapbox.
Let’s get started. I can’t list everything in today’s post for a beginner or advanced pantry cabinet. But it will be a very good start.
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What You Need In Your Pantry Cabinet
Why should I stock flour?
First of all, I could not have a pantry without white bread flour. And it has to be fresh because if it’s older than 12-18 months your bread will not rise as it should. I’ve been making bread for over 50 years, white bread, dinner rolls, breadsticks, and cinnamon rolls. Fresh is best, for the very best results.
If you stock white flour, you can make waffles, pancakes, lefse, tortillas, biscuits, and any kind of bread your heart desires. My recipes are no-fail if you have FRESH ingredients.
Just remember, you can’t store yeast in the pantry or wheat-gluten (for whole wheat bread), or dough enhancer. It must be stored in the refrigerator, or the freezer is even better.
My White Bread Recipes
- 1 cup warm milk
- 2 tsp. SAF instant yeast
- 2 tsp. dough enhancer (optional)
- 1 egg
- 1/8 cup oil-I use olive oil
- 3/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 3 to 3-1/2 cups white bread flour
I start with a Bosch bread mixer, although you could make this in a bowl. I put the yeast, warm water, salt, oil, and sugar in the bowl. I then add the eggs and lightly mix it in the Bosch so the egg does not “cook”. Then I add the warm milk and flour slowly. I continue to add flour until the bread dough pulls away from the sides of the Bosch bowl. I knead for about 7-8 minutes. I place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. I let the dough rise until double the original size. I punch down the dough and make into loaves and place these in greased pans (this recipe makes two-1 pound loaves). I let it rise once again (using the same plastic wrap) until it doubles in size and then I bake them at 350 degrees for 27-30 minutes. I lightly butter the tops of each loaf after baking and removed from the pans.
HOW TO MAKE SCONES
I start with a very large skillet and heat the oil one to two inches deep until I can spritz a few drops of water into the oil ever so carefully, then I know it’s hot enough. You will start with one ball of dough about the size of a tennis ball, maybe a little smaller, but bigger than a golf ball. Then mash the dough with the palm of your hand on a greased counter top and use a rolling pin to roll the dough from the center out. You keep rolling from the center out until they are very thin.
Then place them in the hot oil really carefully because the oil will splatter. Here’s the deal, it’s a big mess but I am talking about memories right now. Adults and kids usually always love hot scones. You fry them until they are golden brown and turn them over to cook the other side until that side is golden brown too
White Bread-8 Loaves
- 4 cups warm milk
- 8 tsp. SAF Instant Yeast
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup Oil I use olive oil
- 8 teaspoons dough enhancer optional
- 3 tsp. Sea Salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup warm water
- 13-14 cups white bread flour
I start with a Bosch Mixer although you could make this in a bowl. I put the yeast, warm water, salt, oil, and sugar in the bowl. I then add the eggs and lightly mix it in the Bosch so the eggs do not “cook”. Then I add the warm milk and flour slowly. I continue to add flour until the bread dough pulls away from the sides of the Bosch bowl. I knead for about 7-8 minutes. I place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. I let the dough rise until double. I punch down the dough and make into loaves and place these in greased pans (I make eight-1 pound loaves). I let it rise once again (using the same plastic wrap) until it doubles and then I bake them at 350 degrees for 27 minutes. I lightly butter the tops of each loaf after baking while cooling on wire racks.
Do I need yeast?
You can make a lot of things without yeast, you can also make a lot of things with yeast. Either way, I recommend stocking SAF Instant Yeast. You can make the best waffles with yeast, of course, you can make bread, soft dinner rolls, and the best ever cinnamon rolls. This is the only yeast I use: SAF Instant Yeast
You can also make a sourdough starter within 3-4 days and make all of the above without regular yeast. Sourdough bread doesn’t typically use regular yeast because the starter is the yeast. The awesome thing is it only uses two ingredients, water, and flour. The water can’t be chlorinated, just giving you the head up.
If you want to learn how to make my sourdough starter, you do not need to pay for a class, my friends. It’s two ingredients, you can do it. And you will love it. How To Make A Sourdough Starter + Bread
What spices, etc. do I need?
This is where I can use your help. I will list my favorite spices, but let’s add yours as well. We all love to cook, but we may use different spices.
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder
- Salt & Pepper
- Brown Sugar
- Powdered Sugar
- Chili Powder
- Sweet Basil
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Dried chives
- Smoked paprika
- Herbs de provence
- White pepper
- Pepper flakes
- Cayenne pepper
- Garlic salt and powder
- Onion salt and powder
- Old bay seasoning
- Italian seasoning
- Beef, chicken, ham, and vegetable bouillon cubes
- Pink Himalayan Salt
- Sea Salt
- Dill weed and dill seed
- Cream of Tartar
- Ground Mustard
- Lemon Pepper
- Mrs Dash
- Lemon Pepper
- Baking Powder
Should I stock hard white wheat?
Now, if you do stock hard white wheat, I hope you have a wheat grinder. It can be electric or hand. If you decide to get a hand one, be prepared to have sore arms, just so you know.
If you have a heavy-duty blender, you may be able to do one cup of wheat berries in a batch. Let the blender cool down so it doesn’t overheat.
You can sprout the wheat or grind the wheat and make pancakes, waffles, wheat chili, whole wheat bread, and whole wheat dinner rolls. Please don’t be intimidated by making bread for the first time. If you have fresh ingredients, you can make bread.
I know there are bloggers who sell their recipes in a book, I can’t do that. My love of making bread is my gift to you. All of my recipes are no-fail, truly.
My Whole Wheat Bread Recipes:
- 6 Cups Warm Water
- 2/3 Cup Olive Oil
- 1 Cup Honey
- 2 Tablespoons Dough Enhancer
- 2 Tablespoons Wheat Gluten
- 2 Tablespoons Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Saf Instant Yeast
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 14 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
Start adding the ingredients in the order shown above with one exception into your mixing bowl…start with 7 cups of flour and slowly add more flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. I use a Bosch Mixer. I grew up making bread without a mixer, it can be done by hand. I grew up letting my bread rise twice so I still do that. Old habits are hard to break! I mix it for 10 minutes in my Bosch. Cover with greased plastic wrap until it doubles in size. Punch down and form dough into eight one-pound loaves or less if your bread pans are larger. I let the dough rise one more time with greased plastic wrap. Bake the bread at 350 degrees for 27-30 minutes. If your pans are larger you will bake your bread longer. You will love making whole wheat bread, I promise!!
My Smaller Recipe for Two Loaves:
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup or so of honey
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 tablespoon SAF instant yeast
- 1/2 tablespoon dough enhancer
- 1/2 tablespoon wheat gluten
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3-1/2 to 4 cups whole wheat flour
Start adding the ingredients in the order shown above with one exception into your mixing bowl…start with 2 cups of flour and slowly add more flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. I use a Bosch Mixer. I grew up making bread without a mixer. It can be done by hand. I grew up letting my bread rise twice so I still do that. Old habits are hard to break!
I mix it for 10 minutes in my Bosch. Cover with greased plastic wrap until it doubles in size. Punch down and form dough into two one-pound loaves or less if your bread pans are larger. I let the dough rise one more time with greased plastic wrap. Bake the bread at 350 degrees for 27-30 minutes. If your pans are larger you will bake your bread longer. You will love making whole wheat bread, I promise!!
Is white rice really important to have on hand?
White rice lasts a very long time, and you can make so many dishes with rice. You can make fried rice, rice and beans, and plain rice as a side dish. Plus, leftover rice is great with milk and sugar for breakfast. So there you have it.
You can always add leftover rice to soups, and burritos, life is good. How to Cook Rice
Do I need to stock beans?
Beans are great to store, they are cheap and filling, and full of protein. I stock mostly pinto and black beans, dry and in cans.
If we happen to have a power outage, beans are ready to eat right out of the can. If you have a butane stove, you can heat them up. Butane Stove
Here is where it’s great if you can make tortillas, just add some beans and rice with some salsa. Is your mouth watering, yet?
What You Need In Your Pantry Cabinet
I hope you enjoyed my post today on what to put in a pantry cabinet. We all have different budgets, tastes, and health issues. We know what our family will eat, so please stock those items. I see prices going up every time I head to a grocery store.
The price also seems to have gone up each time I pull up to the gas pumps. Also, building supply prices have gone through the roof, so to speak. We still can’t get canning lids here, let alone any canning bottles and other supplies. We see a few cases of bottles but so many of us just need the good lids, right?
If you try to get started, or add to your current inventory, using these staple items, you’ll be well on your way to filling your pantry and feeling comfortable with your steps to be prepared. If you think I should have listed other items too, let me know. May God Bless this world, Linda
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