In the summer it’s hot. We want foods that are light and crisp and cool. When the weather turns cooler in fall and winter, people look towards warmer foods to make them feel better and raise their temperature. This means more soups and casseroles, breads and comfort foods. Is your pantry ready to handle the change in meal choices? 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.
Most of the items you have are probably common staples that any pantry needs. There is nothing wrong with having two bags of flour or sugar. Dry staples will last a while when kept in a dry, cool and dark place.
Stock up on beef or chicken stocks or bouillon cubes. 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 low sodium, gluten free or organic varieties if that is better for you.
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 gaining excess weight.
Don’t forget some common filling staples such as potatoes, garlic, a variety of spices 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. Dried herbs and canned or frozen vegetables from your garden are also great staples to have an abundance of for fall/winter recipes.
Be prepared for a great season of “comfort food” cooking. Happy Fall Y’all!!