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Mar 25, 2011 06:07 PM

What Are Your Self-Stable (or mostly so) Pantry Items that you keep "in case company comes"

Mine are

Good Parmesan cheese (keeps a long time in the fridge)
Assorted crackers
Roasted Almonds
Olives (various types)
Good pasta and
Good Olive Oil
Tuna in Olive Oil
Tea biscuits

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  1. Something rich and sweet. Always have something like blondies in the freezer.

    1. Trader Joes has various tasty Indian things that you can simmer in their plastic packages. The spinach one is my favorite.

      3 Replies
      1. re: Sharuf

        Sharuf, I have seen these but have never purchased. Are these frozen or shelf-stable? Shaebones, you have me thinking to make a batch of blondies. I haven't had a good one in twenty years. Wow.

        1. re: pinehurst

          The Indian things are shelf-stable in plastic pouches.

          1. re: pinehurst

            The CI recipe for Blondies is the best!

        2. Chick peas, tahini and lemon juice in case I want to whip up a batch of hommus
          Some camembert or brie in the fridge
          Staples like sugar, flour, butter, eggs, etc - just because you can make so many things with them - pasta, pastry, cookies, cakes, pancakes, crepes, roux...

            1. This brings back very fond childhood memories, pinehurst! My folks ALWAYS had a big can of peach halves in the pantry to make my dad's signature broiled peaches if company dropped in. There's nothing fancy or highbrow about it, but it sure is delicious over ice cream!