I wanted to make some homemade coffee cream the other day, but then realized I didn’t have all the ingredients that I needed. It caught me by surprise b/c I tend to keep a well stocked fridge and pantry. Which got me thinking, I’ve never actually explained the staple items that I have. In order to eat unprocessed foods, it is important to keep some basic ingredients on hand. Most of these you most likely have, but I wanted to provide as many as I could think of.
Coconut Oil ( this post explains why I cook with coconut and olive oil, https://sollmomsrealfood.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/all-fats-are-not-created-the-same/)
Lots of seasonings (garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, basil, oregano, cinnamon) * I buy most of these seasonings in bulk at Sam’s.
Baking Soda (also good for cleaning around the house)
Vanilla Extract (check out this blog for making homemade vanilla extract https://sollmomsrealfood.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/homemade-vanilla-extract/ )
White vinegar (also good for cleaning)
Honey (buy in bulk at Sam’s)
A variety of whole wheat pasta
Organic Spaghetti Sauce
White whole wheat flour (whole wheat can go rancid and is best when kept cool)
* This is the type I buy, http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/king-arthur-white-whole-wheat-flour-5-lb
Gluten (for the homemade bread)
Yogurt (organic if possible)
Sour Cream ( organic if possible)
Butter (organic if possible)
All natural peanut butter
Precooked ground meat (I use this on nights when we have spaghetti. It makes fixing dinner a lot faster)
Mixture of veggies
I may add to the list in the future, so be sure to check back.