6 Staple Ingredients Every Kitchen Needs
Let’s talk food (I mean, when are we not?). You’re clearly the creative soul ready to whip up the best desserts and the most enticing entrees, right?
With a myriad of savory, sweet, and mouthwatering flavors accessible to most, it’s no surprise we’re here to give you the scoop on HOW you can ensure you’re cooking up some of your finest meals. We’re narrowing down a few of our top food picks every kitchen needs. Jot down 6 staple ingredients right here, right now.
Salt and Pepper
Now we’re grouping these because they go hand in hand. Depending on preference, salt and pepper represent the epitome of flavor when it comes to cooking. You can’t create perfection without seasoning—good seasoning at that. Although very simple in flavor, salt and pepper provide the necessary pizazz to your meals. Store these in your cabinets for a quick meal ‘turn up’. I repeat salt and pepper is a must!
Pull up a chair next to your kitchen island and on a plate, drizzle a little bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper (see why you need them?) and a dash of balsamic vinegar. Come prepared with a few slices of sourdough bread and you’ll be in heaven. Olive oil is great for cooking, dressings, and a few other household items. Add this to the list! It really is the end-all-be-all of most recipes.
This is debatable but I’ve found milk has come in handy a multitude of times. Whether it’s for the simple cereal to contribute to your last-minute breakfast decision, or to help cream up the texture of your steamy macaroni and cheese bake, milk saves lives. It’s also important to note there are other options available for the lactose intolerant folk. Those on the health-conscious side also get a win-win because almond milk and coconut milk present themselves as viable options too!
You can never have too many eggs — I’m serious. I went through 8 eggs this weekend alone. Eggs are versatile enough because they obviously make the perfect scramble. They also provide ‘egg-cellent’ baking assistance. Coat on a few pieces of seasoned chicken, dip in flour, and you’re two steps closer to delectable homemade fried chicken. Bon appetite!
Since we’re still talking protein, grab a block of your favorite cheeses and store in your refrigerator! (be mindful of expiration dates). A few suggestions include sharp cheddar, mozzarella (YES), parmesan, gouda, and goat. Pair your cheese(s) anytime, anywhere with an array of complimentary dishes, sides, and more (more, a.k.a wine).
Meat (or protein of choice)
Lastly, I’m finishing off this list with our main guest. Always store some version of your preferred meat in the fridge so you have options. There’s usually ground turkey/beef and chicken in my abode. It’s helpful to have your choices ready to go so you can craft your delicious meals. When you tack this item on your grocery list, you’ll always have a complete dish to lean on for the week.
While I’m sure there are millions of ingredients we could classify as staples, here are just a few to get you started!
Which ones do you deem vital? Let us know in the comments below!
If you’re ready to test your hand at a scrumptious recipe with the aforementioned ingredients, take a stab at this healthy entrée. Enjoy!