Lorraine, on 10 August 2015 - 07:15 PM, said:
Janie, can you give me some staples to buy now (especially spices)? I am not ready to start cooking yet since the temperatures out here, especially this week, are hot (
), but I would like to be somewhat prepared for September.
in the freezer I already have a few ham steaks, two pork roasts and two pounds of chopped meat.
I completely understand about not wanting to eat in the summer! I have a really hard time getting in the kitchen and making a hot meal when it's hot outside. It pains me because I love cooking so much. These days I just pass through my kitchen and stare at it lovingly.
As for spices/herbs to keep on hand... the ones I use most are: garlic powder, onion powder, basil (although I also have a massive pot of planted, fresh basil in the kitchen - I use this herb that much
), oregano, red pepper flakes, thyme. I think that would be a good start. Maybe bay leaves too. I use them quite frequently in the fall and winter because I make a lot of soups and stews.
As for other staples, I previously listed some good pantry staples so start with those. Potatoes and onions are ok to buy in bulk and store; however, they can turn on you and then you will need to toss them if they've gone past the point of no return. I store mine in the pantry where it's dark and cool. Let's see, what else do I have in the pantry... lots of bagged, dried beans. They're cost efficient but, yes, it is going to take a while to prepare them to use in a recipe but still, they have a long shelf life and no preservatives and such that you'll find in canned, prepared items.
Edited by Janie, 10 August 2015 - 07:41 PM.