In continuation to the topic of cooking and meal planning, here are a few helpful lists to know around the kitchen! Please share any of your personal suggestions in the comments below!
Kitchen Staple Ingredients:
- Seasonings: Garlic powder, Onion powder, oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary…
- Olive Oil & Regular Oil
- Unsalted Butter
- Bread Crumbs
- Rice & Grains
- Lemon Juice
- Chicken Broth, Beef Stock
- Baking Soda & Baking Powder
- Condiments: Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo
- Eating Utensils
- Beverage Cups
- Measuring Cup
- Sauce Pan
- Frying Pan
- Stock Pot
- Baking Pans
- Cookie Sheet
- Spatula (Wooden & High heat tolerant Plastic)
- Large Spoons
- Cutting Board
- Set of cutting knives
- Metal Tongs
For More Advanced Kitchens depending on your style of cooking you may splurge on:
- Stand Mixer
- Cast Iron Dutch Oven (Used for braising)
- Cast Iron Skillet (for everything really)
- Large Food Processor (for things like hummus etc..)
- Small Food Processor (for homemade dressings or marinades)
- Outdoor grill
Martha Stewart: In our test kitchen, all meat gets wrapped in butcher paper, followed by a layer of plastic wrap, and another of foil to protect it from freezer burn. Use it up within two months.
- Target Cartwheel App & Mobile Coupons
- Publix Online Coupons
- Walmart Price matches Competitor Sales
Simple Kitchen Food Tips:
- Placing fresh-cut herbs in a cup of water will make them last longer.
- Moisture on produce causes them to go bad quicker. If you are prepping for the week, wash and let the produce air dry, pray in a dry clean kitchen towel and store in fridge (preferably low humidity).
- Cooking with fresh ingredients verses processed is often cheaper, and healthier.
- Keep a bottle of 50% Bleach/ 50% h2o to spray your sink & utensils after making contact with any raw meats.
- Buying dried beans, cooking them and freezing them (in proper portions) saves money & eliminates the unnecessary additives and preservatives in your diet!
- Clean as you cook! While something is cooking on the stove, try to get a few dishes cleaned to avoid the ‘pile up’ at the end of the meal!
- Make your own dry mixes of pancakes, muffins, waffles etc…Write the recipe and store in a re-sealable bag for healthy homemade inexpensive treat!
- Portion a ‘freezer portion’ in your menu to create a little stash of yummies when you’re in a hurry!
- Freeze any unused ‘about to go bad’ berries for use in smoothies or beverages!
- When shopping at the super market be sure to pick chilled items from the back- those are most likely to have been stored at a consistent room temperature, giving them longevity and freshness. (I.e: eggs, milk, butter, yogurts…)
- Thaw out your meats either at room temperature or in cool water. Thawing in warm water begin the cooking process, and by the time meat is seasoned and cooked, it will more than likely come out dry.
- Left over lemon rinds or orange peels can be used as a natural garbage disposal deodorizer, just toss them in with a little ice and clean out that disposal!
- Use the butcher in your supermarket’s meat department to do some of the messy work for you. Ask then to cut up a whole chicken or ground fresh cuts of meat for you. Saves you time and money!
- When buying pre-cut bagged lettuce, check the expiration dates and choose the bags stored in the back.
- When purchasing fresh produce, make sure your veggies aren’t dried out or over ripe to get the most time out of them.