Post # 1
We move in to the apartment on Friday! Anyone have any good resources for a fridge/pantry stocking list for the very first time? Keep in mind, I am remedial in the kitchen, anything more than a lean cuisine is a challenge (and I’m trying to get better!). help!
Post # 3
I understand your situation! What I bought when we first moved into our apt were the staples:
A LOT Canned soup and vegetables, pasta and sauce, rice…(cheap stuff that you can whip up in a pinch or on those lazy days.
Post # 4
Hmm, it’s hard to think of what you need if you are starting 100% from scratch. If you want do more cooking, I’d think you need some of these as the basics:
- Some Basic Spices/Seasonings: Salt, Pepper, Oregano, Basil, Garlic Powder, Garlic Salt, Minced Onion, Rosemary, Parsley, Chili Powder, Cayenne, Crushed Red Pepper, and then a few blends such as a Cajun (I like the Weber Grill Cajun) and a Poultry Blend.
- Flour, Sugar, Cornstarch, Baking Soda, Baking Powder
- Chicken Broth / Beef Broth
- Soy Sauce
- Olive Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Vegetable Oil
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Canned Diced Tomatoes
- Rice (slow cooking)
- Jarred Pasta Sauce
- Various Pastas
- Lemon Juice
- Lime Juice
Post # 5
@SLS79: Great list! Don’t forget to grab up some meat too, just chicken breasts and ground beef can be made into a lot of different things.
Post # 6
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: lol….yeah, meat would help! I like bagged frozen shrimp & the individually wrapped chicken breasts because they thaw so quickly.
Post # 7
pepper (in a grinder, none of that pre-ground stuff!)
pasta (spaghetti, elbow macaroni, other favorites)
sugar (white & brown)
apple cider vinegar
red wine vinegar
lemon & lime juices
fish fillets (if you like fish)
frozen vegetables of various types
Post # 8
haha wow, just had to say we’ve lived in our apartment for over 2 years and I think the only thing we keep stocked at all times is ketchup and salt. I wouldn’t know how to use some of the ingredients listed here!
Post # 9
I like the bags of frozen veggies that you can just stick in the microwave to steam. It’s an easy way to keep “fresh” veggies around, since truly fresh produce goes bad if you don’t use it. Canned would also work.
Post # 10
I would say buy a few herbs/spices now and add the others as you need them (like called for in a recipe). Those things can get expensive when you’re looking at $3-4 a piece! I would say our most used basic seasonings are salt and pepper (obvs), EVOO, “Italian Herb Mix” and lemon pepper. Then, when you need cumin, paprika, etc you can buy it.
Good luck and don’t forget to use your grocery store’s rewards card if they have one!
Post # 11
Rachel Ray has a master shopping list that I think is helpful.
Post # 12
“I would say buy a few herbs/spices now and add the others as you need them (like called for in a recipe). Those things can get expensive when you’re looking at $3-4 a piece!”
Check your local farmers markets and city markets. My local farmers market has spices for $1 per scoop. I buy small canning jars (1 cup size) to keep them in.
Post # 13
thanks so much girls! I’m always so amazed at what a great resource “crowd sourcing” is, especially on here. I’ll come back with final purchases after the move-in this weekend (eep!).
Post # 14
I’m all for investing in a nice little indoor herb garden- nothing jazzes up cooking like fresh herbs.
Also don’t forget chicken/beef/veggie stock!
Post # 15
I love the lists above – just wanted to add that frozen spinach (soooo easy to freeze yourself too – just wash it, toss it in a big ziploc, throw it in the freezer!), frozen corn, and frozen mixed peppers are STAPLES in our freezer. Fajitas are one of my go-to meals when I’m short on time – just dice whatever meat isn’t frozen, saute, add frozen peppers, and go 🙂
If you’re not much of a cook yet, don’t worry about buying tons of spices – start with some good seasoning mixes, maybe some marinade mixes. Marinating and then baking chicken is a super easy way to start a meal!