{how to} Pantry Basics for Great Everyday Meals

Last night, A Savings Wow founder, Maria Ramos and I hosted our first Twitter Party together, named #CookingandCoupons.

It was an hour-long party filled with people sharing their ideas in how to make food affordable. The two topics seamlessly go hand in hand, which is why Maria and I thought of collaborating for the party in the first place.

One of the main topics covered was which ingredients each family should always have on hand to create Great Everyday Meals. People immediately chimed in with their personal lists, from potatoes, garlic, beans to olive oil.

Any good (and busy) cook knows that having the right ingredients stocked in the pantry will not only save you time, it’ll also help to make Great Everyday Meals in a cinch!

Here’s my list of affordable and easy-to-find Pantry Basics Staples to help you make Great Everyday Meals at home.

The Basics

Seasonings and Herbs:
•    Kosher Salt
•    Fresh Ground Pepper
•    Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
•    Dried Thyme
•    Dried Oregano
•    Paprika
•    Dried Bay Leaves
•    Red Wine Vinegar
•    Extra Virgin & Regular Olive Oil
•    Canola Oil
•    Balsamic Vinegar
•    Apple Cider Vinegar

Refrigerated Flavorings/Ingredients:
•    Plum (Roma) Tomatoes
•    Celery Stalks
•    Carrots
•    Onions
•    Garlic
•    Chicken (Beef and/or Vegetable) Stock
•    Dijon Mustard
•    Unsalted Butter
•    Eggs

Canned/Dry Seasonings & Ingredients:
•    All Purpose Flour
•    Seasoned Bread Crumbs
•    Canned Tomatoes (diced, crushed, stewed)
•    Tomato Paste
•    Rice (Ex: Jasmine, Basmati, Long Grain, Brown)
•    Pasta (Ex: Spaghetti, Penne, Fusilli, Macaroni, Fettuccine)

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