Tutorial Tuesday #11–Stocking a Winter Pantry

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Stock your pantry with dried beans for a winter of high protein soups, stews and salads!

We recently participated in a food drive with our Girl Scout troop, which gave me a great opportunity to clean out my pantry and do some restocking for winter. I haven’t been very good at stocking the pantry–choosing instead to buy what we need just for the week. Part of this is that we’ve been tracking our weekly spending along with our weekly menus. This feature (the budget component) will be going away with the new year. As we stock up on local ingredients and freeze/can for the future, it’s harder to capture those budget amounts in what resembles a weekly budget.

So this all gave me a great opportunity to plan for several months worth of clean eating. We will still purchase our local fruits, vegetables, breads, eggs, cheese and meat from our farmer’s markets or CSA. But what about those staples that can take a collection of veggies from isolated ingredients to a meal? I created a list for us to live on over the next few months and turn some of those holiday leftovers into delicious dishes.

This is a list of everything I want to have access to over the winter. This is a big list and I had to divide it up between two shopping trips.

  • Dried, organic beans (white beans, black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans)
  • Dried, organic peas (red lentils, green lentils, green split peas)
  • Dried, organic vegetables (mushrooms, tomatoes, hot peppers)
  • Dried, organic fruits (dried tart cherries, cranberries, figs, ginger, raisins)
  • Dried, organic pasta (hearty shapes like bucatini, casarecce, galleti)
  • Raw nuts (almonds, cashews, black walnuts, pepitas, pecans)
  • Dried, organic seeds (chia, flax, sesame)
  • Organic stock (vegetable, chicken and beef)
  • Organic whole grains (steel-cut oats, rolled oats, barley, rice, quinoa)
  • Ground grains (whole wheat pastry flour, coconut flour, almond flour)
  • Sweeteners (organic cane sugar, organic coconut sugar, maple syrup, molasses, local honey)
  • Spices (cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, smoked paprika)
  • Baking supplies (organic baking powder, baking soda, dark chocolate, raw cacao powder, chocolate chips, yeast)
  • Canned foods (coconut milk, tomatoes, tomato paste, sustainable caught sardines, sustainable tuna)

What would be on your winter pantry list? Do you stock up or buy as you need it?

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