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I always have ..... on hand in my pantry

Posted by IngridO 
I always have ..... on hand in my pantry
April 19, 2016 03:28AM
I always have a bottle of green olives and capers in my fridge or pantry and I find they can be used to spruce up so many dishes such as

Add olives to roast Chicken dinner
Add olives or capers to a pasta sauce
Add olives to a vegetarian or meat pizza
Add capers to a salmon or seafood pizza
Add capers to baked fish
Re: I always have ..... on hand in my pantry
April 19, 2016 11:50AM
Tinned tomatoes
3 sorts of olive oil
4 flavoured vinegars
Re: I always have ..... on hand in my pantry
April 19, 2016 10:36PM
apart from the staples of course, you will always find in my pantry a duplicate supply of:

Passata
Tinned Tomatoes
Tinned Peas WITHOUT Mint - when I can find them (have 2 particular recipes where tinned are best)
Tinned Cannellini Beans

In my freezer:
Butter (always purchased when on special)
Chorizo Sausages (1kg free flow bag)

In my fridge:
Capers
Horse Radish
Wasabi
Re: I always have ..... on hand in my pantry
April 19, 2016 11:06PM
Heather F: What sorts of Olive oil do you have?

Irene: Thats a great idea to put butter in the freezer!
Re: Tinned Peas - I always put tinned peas in the too soggy box so never buy them - what sort of recipes do you use them in?
Re: I always have ..... on hand in my pantry
April 19, 2016 11:13PM
IngridO Wrote:
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> Irene: Thats a great idea to put butter in the
> freezer!
> Re: Tinned Peas - I always put tinned peas in the
> too soggy box so never buy them - what sort of
> recipes do you use them in?

They definitely aren't soggy Ingrid. We use them in Romanian recipes - one is a salad with finely chopped boiled chicken, carrots, potatoes, olives, drained (of course) peas, and mayonnaise. The other is chorizo and onion fried,, then add the peas and cooked in passata. We had that last week and unfortunately it is really hard to find tinned peas that do not have mint, so we had to resort to frozen. They just aren't the same.

Previously I would never have thought to buy tinned peas, but George has turned me.

Just a ps re the butter..... I usually have at least 3 or 4 in the freezer, as we always have one kept in the crock in the pantry and one is kept in the fridge for mashed potatoes and baking (which is a very rare occurrence for baking to happen in the house - but you never know) smiling smiley
Re: I always have ..... on hand in my pantry
April 20, 2016 06:27AM
Hi IngridO - I have extra virgin, lemon-infused (OMG - so yum), and either garlic or onion infused and a 'light' one as well as truffle oil.
I had a look at the vinegars after I posted and I have; malt, white wine, tarragon, red wine and 2 sorts of balsamic! I don't like salad dressings as such, but a find a small sprinkle of the above delish. Maybe I need to whittle them down a bit...
Re: I always have ..... on hand in my pantry
April 20, 2016 11:07PM
I have extra-virgin olive oil, argan oil, sesame oil and canola. Also malt vinegar, white vinegar, apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar. I see no reason to reduce my choice, only reasons to increase them. Variety is the spice of life. Talking of spice, I have such a great variety of herbs and spices, it would take too long and be too boring for me to list them here. Let's just say I have enough variety to be able to produce dishes from almost anywhere in the world.
Re: I always have ..... on hand in my pantry
April 20, 2016 11:21PM
Pantry staples, tinned tomatoes, chick peas, black beans, creamed corn, coconut cream as well as a lot of herbs spices, and vinegars and soya sauces. Fridge sour cream and cottage cheese, parmesan, feta and haloumi ( each replaced every week when used), Freezer ginger, spinach mash potatoes( I swore I would never buy, but a great time saver) peas and corn.
Re: I always have ..... on hand in my pantry
April 29, 2016 08:40AM
Ice blocks! I freeze leftover cream in cubes - taken out frozen they can be added to pasta sauce, used to deglaze a pan after cooking fish etc as required. Once I found it worked with fresh herbs, dill 'iceblocks' made of chopped dill packed down in ice cube trays, with water poured over them, and tarragon 'iceblocks'. Kept in the freezer, and defrosted as needed they are as good as fresh, and a great way to save the surplus when you buy a bunch of herbs for a special recipe, and don't use it all. I'll do the same with chervil when it's next in our farmers market, and have recently experimented with Annabel Langbein's harissa sauce - make a batch and freeze it in cubes. I also freeze our locally-grown root ginger, and scrape off shavings when needed. I wouldn't be without these small luxuries, and as a bonus this is a good way to avoid waste.
Re: I always have ..... on hand in my pantry
May 03, 2016 05:44AM
Olive oil, chilli flakes, canned chopped tomatoes, couscous, quinoa and recently farro.
Re: I always have ..... on hand in my pantry
May 03, 2016 07:36AM
Probably everything you would want if the freezer is included too. Finding it or remembering that I have it is an entirely different thing. spinning smiley sticking its tongue out
Re: I always have ..... on hand in my pantry
May 03, 2016 09:57AM
Stephanie D Wrote:
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> Probably everything you would want if the freezer
> is included too. Finding it or remembering that I
> have it is an entirely different thing. spinning smiley sticking its tongue out


This is me too! I have a very well stocked pantry, fridge and freezer, but can never find the stuff I'm sure I have, so then I buy it again, and next time discover I have two or three of the same thing!
Re: I always have ..... on hand in my pantry
May 03, 2016 10:08AM
Thank goodness I am fairly normal, then!
Re: I always have ..... on hand in my pantry
May 03, 2016 11:25AM
I too agree with the Stephanie, Griz (especially)confused smiley, and Marnie.
Regards,
Dawn.
Re: I always have ..... on hand in my pantry
May 03, 2016 12:04PM
I like to have all of the above too. In addition I have in the freezer: wraps (must be Farrah), ciabatta buns, bagels, extra thin vogels, croissants (the ones you leave to rise then cook); kidney beans, chick peas, lentils, cannellini beans, lemon juice, lime juice, home made stock, frozen roast kumara and pumpkin (for hummus), etc, etc, etc. I have a chest freezer, a six drawer upright, and three large fridge/freezers. Overstocked? probably! My "main" freezer is the upright, and I have a list on my fridge with what and how many are in each drawer. In theory I mark stuff off as I remove it, but every now and then I go through it again and redo my list. The freezers with the fridges are for specifics, and the chest I am trying to empty, as I use it for overflow. Unfortunately it seems very full again. My list is what keeps me sane though, as it is how I find things. I try to freeze things flat (vacuum packed), and store them like a filing cabinet. Again, it's easy to find things and remove them.

Yes, I know, I'm a micro manager! Haha. Janet
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