You do not need to buy 200 things to have a well-stocked pantry. In fact, you just need a few essentials and you will never go hungry. This is not just about saving money but also about making healthy meals with minimum effort. Stock your pantry with these cheap staples and build quick and budget-friendly meals.
- Oil and vinegar
Oil and vinegar is a classic combo. You can make so many dressings and marinades with these two cheap and shelf-stable ingredients.
- Herbs and spices
Salt and pepper are a given but there are so much more herbs and spices that can elevate your cooking with just a little extra pinch. Cumin is a staple that can take your food into places like Mexico or Morocco instantly. Alternatively, you can pick up mixed seasonings and you have 10 different aromatics in a bottle, always ready to help you out.
- Whole grains and breads
Keeping standards like rice, breads, and tortillas will make sure you never go hungry. Anything between two slices of bread is a sandwich and rice pairs well with anything. Bonus: you can buy buckets of these whole grains on the cheap, too.
- Canned goods
Coconut milk, stocks, pasta sauces, and tomatoes open up lots of delicious opportunities in the kitchen. They offer a great base for soups, curries, and noodle dishes.
There is a rainbow selection of beans on the supermarket and they cost next to nothing. Chickpeas, lentils, and kidney and black beans are a cheap way to add protein to soups, curries, and chilis. These can be bought canned but getting them dry is even cheaper. Store them correctly and you will have food at the ready for months.
- Baking supplies
Flour and sugar makes lots of cakes but also breads, pancakes, and cookies. Flour can also be used as a thickener or binder with an egg. Sugar should not be a staple in your diet but it is necessary in your kitchen. You will also notice that you consume less of it when you make your sweets at home instead of buying them at the store.