Monday, November 28, 2011

Pantry Staples

I am often asked, since we don't eat processed foods, what DO I have in our pantry, refrigerator and freezer?  So today I'm going to give you a written tour of my pantry, next post the fridge, and the following post the freezer.

If you opened my pantry door today you'd find:

Brown rice, quinoa, oats, barley, spelt, white (golden) wheat, popcorn and millet.  

Navy, black, pinto, cannelini, several types of lentils.

Sucanat (a granular unrefined sugar), unsweetened coconut flakes, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, raw honey, salt, herbs and spices, natural flavorings/extracts, dark chocolate, a few types of salt, molassas. 

I do also always keep a small bag of both white unbleached flour and white sugar on hand.  It is rarely used, but keep it on hand for birthday cakes and for when I bring a meal to particular friends (or have friends over) who do not prefer the way we eat. My goal in that is to bless them with food they will enjoy, not make them eat the way we do.

Canned tuna and salmon, brown rice pasta, vinegars, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, ketchup, mustard, raisins, peanut butter, jam, coconut milk, and I always keep several cans of beans on hand for emergencies (forgot to soak the beans, a crazy day that needs a quick meal, etc). 

Though I would prefer not to--but because this is the reality of where I am at--I also keep a box of (the healthiest I can find) crackers on hand plus a box of Trader Joe's O's for breakfast emergencies.   


  1. Your pantry sounds delicious. How does palm oil compare to the olive and coconut oils? I have used both of those, but not the palm oil.

  2. Plain palm oil is often called "organic shortening" or "vegetable shortening," but is simply pure palm oil. It's similar to coconut oil except softer and w/o the flavor. Look for a brand like Spectrum that is expeller-pressed/mechanically pressed.