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Pantry, fridge and freezer staples

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Pantry, fridge and freezer staples

Stocking your kitchen with (enough, but not too much), essential non-perishable, shelf stable groceries is an effective way to ensure that you do not have to return to the supermarket unnecessarily, and have ingredients on hand to create easy and nutritious meals. Non-perishables, meaning canned, dried, and long-life foods, and are easy way to complement fresh ingredients.

To effectively stock your kitchen with staple ingredients, you can use the list below. It's important to note that you do not need every ingredient described in this list, it has been designed as a guide when grocery shopping. Before you head out to the supermarket, use this list to check what you already have at home. Cross out what you do not need, and tick or add on the items you need and will actually use in the next two weeks.

The following list is broken down into pantry, fridge, and freezer staples for each food group.

Pantry Staples

These foods are usually in cans, jars or packets and can be used as the basis for many simple meals.

Vegetables

Fruit

Dairy

Canned tomates (no added salt / reduced salt)

Corn

Beetroot

Asparagus

Corn

Beans

Potatoes

Onion

Garlic

Canned peaches, apricots, fruit salad, pineapple

Apples

Oranges

Dried fruit - sultanas, apricots, dates, prunes

Evaporated milk

UHT milk

Soy/almond/rice/oat milk

Protein

Breads / Cereals

Condiments / Spices / Oils

Canned tuna

Canned salmon

Sardines

Anchovies

Canned baked beans

4 bean mix

Chickpeas

Cannellini beans

Canned lentils

Dried lentils

Split peas

Jar tahini

Peanut butter

Canned soups

Bread

Wraps

Pizza bases

Wholegrain crumpets

Raisin bread

(can also be frozen)

Flours

Rolled oats

Cous-cous

Rice

Pasta & noodles

Quinoa

Taco shells

Corn chips

Canned spaghetti

Breakfast cereals

Vita-wheats or other crackers

Museli bars

Extra virgin olive oil

Spray oil

Balsamic vinegar

Reduced salt stock (powder or liquid)
Tomato sauce/paste

Curry paste

Curry / Stir fry bases

Honey

Vegemite

Mustard

Reduced salt soy sauce

Reduced salt oyster sauce

Herbs - basil, oregano, thyme, coriander, cinnamon, chilli, turmeric, paprika, salt, pepper, dill, rosemary.


Fridge Staples

These foods are usually proteins, dairy and some fruits and vegetables. These may be more perishable than pantry staples, and storage time will vary.

Protein

Fruit & Vegetables

Dairy

Eggs

Tofu

Hummus

Apples

Berries

Carrots

Beans

Celery

Broccoli

Capsicum

Tomato

Banana

Milk

Natural yoghurt

Plant based spreads

Cheese - parmesan, ricotta, feta, cheddar, block, sliced, grated


Freezer Staples

Freezer foods can generally be stored for up to 3 months. Freezing is also an efficient and effective way to utilise meal prep, as meals can be made in bulk, and in advance and be stored for long periods of time.

Protein

Fruit & Vegetables

Dairy

Frozen fish fillets

Frozen meat and chicken

Home cooked meal prep such as soups, casseroles and pasta sauces, curry.

Frozen fruit and vegetables

Grated cheese and milk can be frozen.

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