Yesterday was the official release day of Rea Drummond’s, aka the Pioneer Woman, new cookbook “Come and Get It!”* Although I have yet to purchase it, I did download a sample of it to my kindle. Leave it to the Pioneer Woman to inspire me to actually share a new post, but that is just what this sample did!
What was in the sample you ask? Well an introduction of the new cookbook of course. That however did not inspire this post. My inspiration can from her lists of must have staples for the Pioneer Woman’s kitchen. This are things we have all seen but I always find it interesting to see what other people keep on hand, especially for quick meals. Although my top ten staples are not so different from everyone else these are the ten items I always try to keep handy.
Top Ten Kitchen Staples for Me
This one is basically a given since several recipes require it. Anytime there is a case lot sale I try to stock up. I love to use chicken broth for rice (fried and pilaf), soups, and well just about whenever necessary. Yes I keep beef broth on hand, but more often than not it is chicken broth I am reaching for when it comes to dinner.
I prefer to cook with Kroger’s Natural Sour Cream. In fact I do not believe I have ever purchased name brand sour cream. We use it frequently enough for nachos, tacos, and chicken enchiladas that store brand is necessary.
Cream of Chicken Soup
This one is probably not as common in every home. Again, chicken enchiladas and Ritz Chicken are staples in our home. For quick dishes, yeah I am using the canned version.
Okay this seems like a no brainer but I try to keep garlic on hand. Everyone seems to have their own take on the form they prefer to keep. Rea Drummond suggests keeping peeled garlic, vacuum sealed for freshness, in the fridge. My parents both keeps jarred minced garlic in their fridges. Personally I love the smell of garlic so bring on the fresh garlic I need to peel and dice, mince, or whatever.
Everyone should keep frozen rolls, but more specifically, Rhodes Rolls on hand. These are perfect for not only dinner rolls, but also cal-zones and fry bread.
Colby Jack or Cheddar Cheese Blocks
Have I mentioned we eat a lot of nachos in our home? We also eat plenty of tacos, enchiladas, and grilled cheese sandwiches. I know that bags of shredded cheese are more convenient, and arr what I grew up using. Freshly grated cheese however tastes much better.
Again, this is common but it is something I prefer to have on hand, especially for times when my future mother in law is in town. She loves spaghetti, which is why I now have to force feed it to Lynden.
I am not as much of a die-hard Costco shopper has others. Still though one item I will always find a way to purchase is it’s prepackaged chicken. Seriously, this is perfect for quick meals. I freeze it before hand but as long as you plan you can thaw it in plenty of time for dinner.
Canned Tomato Sauce
Again, whenever there is a case lot sale I am purchasing canned tomato sauce in bulk. We use it for just about everything, including Stromboli.
Diced Frozen Onions
I know I have shared this before, and again I ask that you please do not judge. I love to keep a package or two of this on hand. It speeds up cooking and saves my mascara, just kidding I am very lazy and hardly wear makeup! Now for things like burgers that require crisp uncooked onions, obviously this will not work, but for sauces and soups I find that it works perfectly.
So there you have it, my ten items I always have to keep on hand. I love that everyone has different necessities based on their family preferences. I also love that the Pioneer Woman has broken her lists into categories in her new cookbook, “Come and Get It!”* Thanks miss Rea for being the one to get my blog inspiration flowing again!
*Disclosure: I have no affiliation with The Pioneer Woman nor her products. I am however an Amazon Affiliate and would receive a small commission should you purchase “Come and Get It” after clicking my hyperlinks.