Thursday, April 8, 2010

Must Have Fridge/Pantry Items

Must Store Pantry/Fridge Items:

Soy Sauce
This is a must have. It can be purchased at any grocery store, oriental store, or Wal-Mart. It costs less than $2.00. It supplies flavor in so many recipes. It lasts forever in the refrigerator. Oriental stores also carry a mushroom flavor that is fabulous in meat and vegetable dishes. Most stores also carry the “light” version with reduced sodium.

Minced garlic
This is a staple in my fridge. A huge 48 oz container only costs $4.00 at Costco or Sam's Club! Of course, smaller quantities can be purchased at the grocery store in the fresh food section (for about the same cost). It must be refrigerated after opening but will store for a very long time- once opened, it will store for a whole year! It is an excellent substitute for fresh minced garlic. I grow fresh garlic in my garden, but when I am in a hurry, or it is Winter, this is the answer. A huge “must have”!

Worcestershire Sauce
This is a must have in any pantry! This is especially good in beef and pork dishes, as well as most bean dishes. A couple of teaspoons goes a long way in meatloafs, beef casseroles, etc. It deepens the flavor of what you are cooking. It lasts at least a year in the refrigerator regardless of the expiration date.

Lemon Juice
This is an invaluable ingredient in food storage cooking. I use a ton of lemon juice- mainly, for making bread, homemade buttermilk, and of course for lemon flavoring! Once again, at Costco or Sams Club, you can get a two-pack of large bottles for about $5.00. This is one thing that I store a LOT of.  It lasts a long time in the refrigerator so don’t worry about it going bad.

Bottled Ginger
How many times have you gone to make a recipe that calls for ginger, only to remember that you don't have any? This is one of those items that I don't use a lot of, but love having it for when I do need it. This product can be found in the fresh food area of your store along with the vegetables and fruits although it is a bottled item. It usually costs about $2-3.00 for a 4 oz container. This is much easier than fresh, because you don't have to peel and grate it! Ginger gives many Asian dishes a wonderful flavor, as well as enhancing the other ingredients. It stores in your refrigerator for long periods of time. I probably only use about 1 jar per year but couldn’t live without it.

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