I got an email from a reader named Missy, asking what are the must-have pantry and freezer items that I keep on hand. The answer to that will be a bit different for everyone, but there are some basics that round out any pantry or freezer.
Garlic – I love having fresh garlic cloves to cook with.
Onions – essential
Potatoes – These can be stored for a while without going bad, so they are nice to keep on hand. They’re also very versatile.
Carrots – These also will hold up for a while in the crisper drawer.
- Diced tomatoes
- Tomato sauce and paste
- Crushed tomatoes
- Black beans
- Kidney beans
- Chicken broth
- Beef broth
- Cream of chicken soup
- Rice, white and brown
- Spaghetti and other pasta shapes
All of these items are commonly used in recipes. If you have these on hand, you can throw together a simple Mexican or Italian meal or a quick casserole.
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