When I started cooking I would read recipes and be frustrated that I didn’t have half of the ingredients required. To help you avoid that, here is a list of pantry staples that I use regularly. Eventually I’d like to go into a little more detail about why these are ingredients of choice but for now a list shall suffice.
If you happen to live in Newcastle or the Hunter, you should definitely check out this co-op. It’s where I get all of my goodies from. They’re predominantly organic but because of their bulk buying power will work out the same as, if not cheaper than the supermarket giants. Trust me, I’ve checked!
(The last 3 are technically seeds but are generally used like grains)
And on rotation: –
hazelnuts, brazil nuts, pistachios, peanuts, macadamias, cashews, walnuts & pecans.
And on rotation: – dried apricots
dried figs & fresh dates
Oils, Vinegars & Sauces
Apple cidar vinegar
Red wine vinegar
White wine vinegar
Tamari / Soy sauce
Miso – (in the fridge)
Tahini – unhulled
Raw honey & Rapadura Sugar
Other healthier alternatives: 100% pure mayple syrup, brown rice syrup & agave
Whole tinned tomatoes & Coconut milk / cream
Cacao Powder – Wraps – Soba noodles – Rice paper – Nori sheets (occasionally)