Every kitchen needs a pantry, even if it’s just a cupboard you use for non-refrigerated foods. Keeping a well-stocked pantry will make it so much easier to prepare meals or cook spontaneous dishes, but what should you keep stocked in your vegan pantry? If this is something you’ve asked yourself, you’ll love this post! Here are a few foods your vegan pantry needs to include, as well as tips for maintaining a well-stocked pantry.
Items for your Vegan Pantry
- Dried Foods: Your vegan pantry should include a variety of dried foods. This can include beans, lentils, and dried fruits, as well as herbs and spices. These dried foods are pantry staples since they can last for months without being refrigerated.
- Canned Foods: Your pantry isn’t complete until you have at least a few canned foods stocking your shelves! This can include anything from a can of tomato paste to a jar of almond butter. Canned foods are perfect since they last for years and are easily added to many meals. Be sure to stock a variety of canned foods so that you have what you need.
- Grains: You should also stock your pantry with different grains. Rice, flour, quinoa, and oatmeal can all be stored in your pantry. You can make these ingredients last even longer by storing them in airtight containers! This will also help you keep your pantry more organized as well.
- Vegetables: Although you probably have a drawer in your refrigerator for produce, some vegetables can be stored in your pantry. Your pantry should be stocked with such vegetables as onions, garlic, and potatoes! This includes sweet potatoes as well. These vegetables all need to be stored in cool, dark places, making your pantry the perfect place for this.
Tips for your Pantry
Once you’ve filled your pantry with these staple items, how do you keep your pantry organized and stocked with your favorite foods? These tips will help you maintain a well-stocked and healthy pantry!
- Organize by Shelf Life: Although some items in your pantry can last for months or even years, others won’t. Organize your pantry by shelf life so you know what to use first. If you notice something in your pantry has gone bad, remove it immediately to keep your other foods from being tainted.
- Use Jars & Containers: Most foods are sealed in bags and boxes, but once you’ve opened them, it’s easy for small bugs or critters to get into them. You can keep your foods safe by storing them in jars and containers once they’ve been opened. This includes beans, grains, and even sugar.
- Check Storage Recommendations: Some of your refrigerated foods can actually be stored in your pantry! Certain foods can be stored in a pantry or cupboard until they’re opened. Once you’ve opened these items, you then need to keep them in the refrigerator to make them last longer.
- Stock What You Use Most: You know your eating habits better than anyone else. When stocking your vegan pantry, be sure to stock foods you know you’ll use the most. If you absolutely hate quinoa, don’t bother buying it for your pantry. Foods you don’t like or don’t use will just sit on the shelf, wasting valuable pantry space.