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jpschust Nov 29, 2006 02:48 PM

OK, so I admit it, I've been chowhounding a lot in the last few years and I've not had a proper kitchen until recently and I want to focus back on cooking again. Note: I tend to eat a pretty healthy diet as I am a marathon runner training for his first ultra-marathon.

So, here's my question. I'm cleaning out what I've got and I want to start from scratch again minus my spices (I've got a ton.)

So: What should I be keeping on hand at all times besides my typical sports junk (H20, Gatorade, Powergel, Sport Beans) so that I can make myself basic, wholesome meals in the evenings?

  1. icey Nov 29, 2006 04:34 PM

    These are fantastic lists. I would add:
    * canned tuna, (great for last minute pastas)
    * canned veggies (peas and corn; when you have no fresh veggies)
    * beans (chick peas, kidney beans, and 3 bean combos for on the fly salads)
    * canned fruit (pineapple, etc)
    I realize it it all canned, and now it looks like I dont eat anything else (i assure you thats not true), but canned stuff in a pinch is very convenient

    2 Replies
    1. re: icey
      Andiereid Nov 29, 2006 05:08 PM

      I'm with you, icey. I keep a pretty full canned product pantry. That stuff just always comes in handy and keeps forever.

      1. re: Andiereid
        cayjohan Nov 29, 2006 06:49 PM

        Canned/jarred goods are very handy - makes me feel like I have my own specialized bomb shelter!
        I would add that with a tin of anchovies and a jar of marinated artichoke hearts you can flavor up a lot of things.Very useful for last minute meals.

    2. jpschust Nov 29, 2006 04:24 PM

      guys these are great! im going to make a condensed list and when i get back from whole paycheck tonight ill let you know what i ended up with

      1. i
        Ida Red Nov 29, 2006 03:43 PM

        Sorry, I misintertreted your post...
        but I always keep in the pantry:
        assorted nuts
        assorted dried beans (including lentils and split peas, but not such an assortment that they would get old)
        rice, whatever variety but I try to keep it to a minimum to keep fresh.
        canned tomatoes & paste
        any other canned items like pineapple, etc. (good to have in a pinch)
        coconut milk
        evaporated milk
        sweetend condensed milk, cocoa powder & chocolate chips(ok, maybe you don't want to go there)
        tahini, peanut butter (move to the fridge when opened)
        baking powder
        baking soda
        molassas, honey, corn syrup
        brown sugar, confectioner's sugar, white sugar
        varity of oils and vinegars
        dried fruits, esp. raisins
        onions & garlic
        root vegies, potatoes? sweet potatoes? whatever is seasonal
        IN THE FRIDGE:
        parm. cheese
        lemons, limes
        capers, olives, anchovies...
        hot sauce, worchestershire, sambal oleak...
        dijon mustard
        dry vermouth
        wasabi, horse radish
        pt. of heavy cream
        lowfat milk
        maple syrup
        whole wheat flour, wheat germ
        cornmeal, barley
        ... any other flour type product that doesn't get used up quickly
        stocks (chicken, veal...)
        corn, spinach, peas, cranberries... etc. (some of the fruits/vegies that freeze well)

        Ok, this is a simplified list, and can be further simplfied minus the sweet things... sorry, you did say healthy...

        1. v
          Val Nov 29, 2006 03:14 PM

          The runner I used to be married to needed bananas every day for potassium (though it's good for everyone else too!) I remember driving out to grocery store at 11 p.m. if we were out of them (sniffle)

          Organic oats for breakfast

          1. h
            Heatherb Nov 29, 2006 03:10 PM

            Mustard. I never liked it before, but am finding that it can be used to make wonderful sauces and marinades really quick.

            And honey. I don't use it often, but it keeps forever.

            Oh, and sour cream and yogurt (I use low fat). Both have reasonably long shelf lives and can be really useful for impromptu recipes.

            I also just got one of those rosemary mini christmas trees, and have been clipping fresh rosemary off of it like crazy. If you don't mind taking care of a plant (rosemary is pretty low maintenance), it can be a great addition to your kitchen (and smells great!).

            The first list was pretty comprehensive though...Pretty much encompasses what I have in my kitchen now.

            1. sheilal Nov 29, 2006 03:09 PM

              A few more . . .

              unsalted butter
              chicken broth
              variety of hot sauces
              variety of mustards
              fish sauce
              coconut milk
              Good peanut butter

              1. u
                upstate girl Nov 29, 2006 03:01 PM

                Good list, I will add...
                Whole wheat flour
                Almonds, walnuts
                Dried cranberries
                Frozen veggies (I freeze them when they're fresh and use later, some freeze better than others)

                1. i
                  Ida Red Nov 29, 2006 03:01 PM

                  My cast-iron dutch oven has served me well all these years, as well at a three-sizes-set of pyrex dishes, and also cast iron skillets in big-daddy, momma and baby sizes... glass lids for some.

                  1. Andiereid Nov 29, 2006 02:58 PM

                    I would say:

                    skim milk
                    fresh lemons
                    parmesan cheese (fresh, not the kind in the green can)
                    canned tomatoes in various forms (sauce, crushed, diced, etc.)
                    an assortment of dried pastas
                    boneless, skinless chicken breasts and thighs
                    olive oil (extra virgin for salads and regular for cooking)
                    rice (Jasmine, Basmati and Brown)
                    canned beans (white, black, pinto)
                    whole wheat tortillas
                    a couple of good cheeses (cheddar, decent mozarella, etc)
                    a couple of decent vinegars (red wine, white wine, balsamic)

                    That's just mho, but I think that's a decent fresh food and pantry stock that provides some building blocks for some healthy meals. I'm sure others will post a ton of stuff I forgot. Happy shopping! Oh - and good luck with that marathon!

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