Prepared in the Kitchen

Today I am sharing my tips on how to be prepared in the kitchen. One of the best ways I know how to make life easier when cooking meals, is to have a fully stocked pantry.

So, I am going through a bit of a British phase in my life… God is reawakening an old love in my heart through my current addiction to BBC on YouTube. I love a show on YouTube called “Escape To The Country.” The program features beautiful English houses with large country kitchens. Sometimes they have the added bonus of a Larder. I love the word larder! It appeals to my country upbringing. It brings me a sense of satisfaction to have a full larder. Going to town is a once a week affair for us, not an everyday thing.

Larder is an old fashioned word for pantry.

The idea of a larder appeals to my sense of longing for abundance. My kind of abundance is not what the average American would consider abundance. I love a pantry overflowing with goodness, so I can make nice meals. This includes my freezer, because it’s part of the larder as well. I hate being out of anything!!!!! So, I usually have one or two extra of everything!!!! Below is a list of things I always keep on hand in order to be prepared in the kitchen. I’ll also include the reason to have it or how it is used.

How to Be Prepared in the Kitchen with a Fully Stocked Larder:

  • Balsamic vinegar, Apple cider vinegar, Red Wine vinegar, and Rice wine Vinegar– These are the basis for salad dressings, sauces, and wonderful condiments
  • Spices– I buy in bulk because I use them frequently, plus I have a sister who works at a spice house
  • French sodas– because you should always have a nice beverage to serve guests
  • Sparkling water– to make spritzers
  • Coffee– because when it is on sale, stock up!
  • Tea– because I make Kombucha
  • Chocolate– because I am a woman
  • Coconut oil, and Coconut– to bake with
  • Peanut Butter– because I love it!!!!
  • Flour-baking and bread baking
  • Chocolate Chips– baking
  • Brown Sugar, Sugar, Coconut Sugar– baking, Kombucha
  • Jams– because I have a weakness for European jams and jellies
  • Pastas and whole tomatoes– because when all else goes wrong, you can always make spaghetti
  • Artichokes, olives, jarred roasted peppers, pickles– because you can make so many good things from them
  • Nuts– baking
  • Toilet Paper– YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH!!!!
  • Plastic bags, aluminum foil, plastic wrap– because I hate to run out
  • Pita chips, corn chips– because hummus and salsa are so easy to make
  • Bottled lemon and lime juice– because I never have fresh citrus when I need it
  • Butter– because it is the best!!!!!
  • Lard– because it is the best too!!!!
  • Rice, grits, and canned beans– because I can make a meal out of them quickly, and my because my Mother is from Louisiana
  • Baking Soda, and White Vinegar– because that is what I clean with
  • Dijon mustard, Ketchup, Thai chili sauce, Soy sauce, Fish sauce, Barbecue sauce- because you need Dijon mustard to make dressings, I love the Asian Market, and Aldi now has an Organic line

All these things are at the ready to make a host of foods from all over the world. And it is all at hand, in the larder. Happy cooking!!!!!

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