Thursday, February 01, 2007

Kitchen Staples

This post about grocery lists got me thinking about what I consider 'staples' in my kitchen. A some what complete list is this:

We always have:
flour
eggs
milk
sugar (granulated, light and dark brown and confectioners')
canned tomatoes
canned black beans
tortillas
carrots
butter
onions (I swear we go through like 3-6 lbs a week!)
garlic
rice
sour cream
crackers
dried pasta
extra sharp cheddar
chocolate chips
salsa
cocoa
cornmeal
popcorn
coke (cans)
frozen spinach
seasonal vegetables
some sort of meat (generally what ever is on sale)
frozen peas


We almost always have:
canned kidney beans
cream cheese
potatoes
Parmesan
fresh ginger
celery
apples
limes
lemons
salad ingredients (i.e. lettuce, tomato, radish, cucumber)
club soda (cans)
tonic (cans)
frozen perogies
frozen okra
ro-tel
canned soup
yogurt
egg noodles
mushrooms


We very rarely have:
chips
pretzels
tortilla chips
packaged cookies
any sort of frozen prepared "meal"
any sort of prepared food item or mix
ice cream


We never, ever have:
ketchup
cantaloupe


Not to mention the dozens of mustards, sauces and spices we always have and the constant influx of new/fresh/perishable ingredients.

How about you? What are your staples?