When the weather turns cooler in fall and winter, people look towards warmer comfort foods. This means more soups, stews, casseroles, breads and such. There is just something comforting to come home to a nice hot (and filling) meal when the weather outside is crisp.
How will you stock your pantry this winter? Here are some tips to get you started.
1. Make a list of what you will need
What types of meals do you typically make at this time of the year? Account for those ingredients in your shopping list for your pantry.
2. Stock up on dry staples
Winter is also a popular season for homemade breads, cookies, cakes, and pies. So, be sure to stock up on flour and sugar. Plus, dry staples will last a while when kept in a dry, cool and dark place.
3. Keep a bit of summer in your winter pantry
Can or freeze vegetables and fruits that you would like to enjoy throughout the colder weather. That includes all sorts of berries and summer lettuces. If you have a garden, canning ensures that nothing you have taken the time to grow will go to waste. Freezing fresh veggies and fruits now often provide more flavor than buying out-of-season imported fresh in the store.
4. Stock up on stocks for soups and stews
Vegetable, beef and chicken stock or broth add flavor to dishes without adding salt. It is easier than straining and making your own broth. Choose organic or low sodium varieties if that suits your needs better.
5. Beef up your condiment list
Ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise and oils can be used to create dressings and sauces.
6. Make room for grains
Quinoa, couscous, oats, oatmeal and barley are great sources of fiber and also create a filling dish. You can eat well and feel full without packing on the pounds this winter.
7. Don’t forget some common filling staples
A winter pantry wouldn’t be complete without potatoes, garlic and onions. Store them at the lowest level in your pantry. Keep them hanging in the bags they were purchased in if you want. They provide a wealth of meal ideas.