All this week I'm celebrating the three-year anniversary of The Perfect Pantry (shouldn't every celebration last for an entire week?) by sharing the inventory of the ingredients in my pantry.
Today's list covers the amorphous category of cupboard: dry goods, canned goods, bottled and jarred goods, and I-don't-know-where-else-to-put-them goods.
At the end of this post, please suggest items that should be in my pantry, with some ideas for how to use them. I'm always looking for my next favorite ingredient, for new dishes to try and new flavors to love. On Sunday, I'll publish the list of what's missing from The Perfect Pantry, and I promise that many of those items will find their way here.
THE PERFECT PANTRY'S CUPBOARD
The 118 dry, canned and bottled goods in my kitchen today
Yowza! Sounds like a long list of pantry items, doesn't it? Fortunately, I have enough cupboard space, including shelves in the cellar that hold bulky items and things I don't use every day. Cupboard items marked with an asterisk are ones I consider fundamental, if you're just starting to build your pantry or have limited storage space. To find more recipes using each ingredient, use the search box at the top of this page.[Note: to print this post without sidebars, hit "print" on your keyboard. To print just the list, cut and paste into a Word document.]
Anchovies or anchovy paste
*Black beans, dried and canned
Cannellini beans, canned
Chiles, canned green
*Chipotle chiles in adobo
Chocolate, dark or bittersweet
Couscous, instant and grandanina
Dry bread crumbs
*Flour: all-purpose unbleached, white whole wheat, whole wheat, cake flour
Linguine, spaghetti: long, thin pasta
*Olive oil, extra virgin and all-purpose
Olives, black pitted and brined
Orzo, ditalini, annellini: small pasta
*Rice: arborio/carnaroli, basmati, bomba/valencia, brown, long-grain white, Nishiki medium
Rice noodles: vermicelli, Pad Thai noodles, Rice paper rounds (bahn trang)
Roasted red peppers and piquillo peppers
Rotini, cavatappi: twisty pasta
Salt, table (for baking)
Shao hsing wine
Soba (buckwheat noodles)
Split peas, green and yellow
*Sugar: brown, confectioners, demerara, granulated
Sweetened condensed milk
*Tomatoes, canned, whole and chopped
*Vinegar: best-quality and everyday balsamic, Chinese black, cider, red wine, rice, seasoned rice, sherry, white distilled, white wine
Wine you'd be happy to drink
What's missing? What's in your cupboard or on your pantry shelves that isn't on this list?
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