kitchen pantry food store: what to stock and how to cook with it
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Keeping a kitchen pantry is a smart thing to do even in non-quarantine times, but what exactly does that mean? Even if you don’t have a dedicated, stand-alone pantry space, setting aside some cabinet shelves to non-perishable pantry food staples will ensure you’re never far from a quick, easy meal.

Maintaining a well-stocked pantry can end up saving you time and money in the long run, and certainly a trip to the store.

If you’re not sure where to start, though, refer to our handy links below. They cover everything from what to stock in your pantry and how to store it, to where to resupply and what to cook with the contents of your larder.

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Stocking & Maintaining Your Pantry

First, let’s cover the basics of exactly what to stock, where to get it, and how to keep it all organized.

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Pantry Starter Kit, $167.93 from The Container Store

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Easy Mushroom Farro Risotto recipe


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What to Do with Your Pantry Stores

Now that you know what you need and how to keep it all in order, here are a whole lot of delicious ideas on how to use it when you cook.

chole masala (Indian chickpeas)


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peanut butter and jelly bars (PBJ bar cookies)


homemade spice blend recipes


Spaghetti Carbonara recipe


easy pantry pasta alla vodka

Anna Gass

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Jen is an editor at Chowhound. Raised on scrapple and blue crabs, she hails from Baltimore, Maryland, but has lived in Portland (Oregon) for so long it feels like home. She enjoys the rain, reads, writes, eats, and cooks voraciously, and stops to pet every stray cat she sees. Continually working on building her Gourmet magazine collection, she will never get over its cancellation. Read more of her work.
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