The thread about meal planning got me thinking about what to stock in a proper kitchen. I buy meat and produce once a week and try to avoid anything that's too ready-to-eat, so this is what I keep around:
• oils -- coconut, olive, avocado, macadamia
• vinegars -- wine, rice, malt
• soy sauce, fish sauce
• salt, pepper
• alkali / acid salts -- baking soda, cream of tartar, aluminium-free baking powder
• dry spices -- cinnamon, taco blend, curry blend, Chinese five spice, toasted sesame
• cocoa powder
• liquid extracts -- vanilla, peppermint
• tea, coffee
• sweeteners -- erythritol powder, stevia liquid, sucralose liquid
• grated cheese, crumbled cheese
• pickled vegetables
• condiments -- mustard, horseradish, cayenne sauce
• filtered water, seltzer, iced tea
• non-grain flours
I wonder what I'm missing. What's in yours? :D
I LOVE fresh veggies and find that I am always running out, so I make sure I keep a stash of red peppers and broccoli--they seem to last longer for me IDK. I also have a bag of kale that I plan to bake into kale chips some day. I have a dozen eggs at any time, cream, lots of cheeses, Chinese garlic chili sauce, reduced soy sauce, lots of other low carby sauces... and in my cupboard it's kind of funny because I have a ton of LUNA bars (my previous sponsor) and also gu products I will likely rarely eat or use, except for the sugar free Gu electrolytes I am saving for a hot summer day. My friends tell me when they need LUNA bars and I dole them out, but somehow I still have several cases. I also have lots of different kinds of oils, sunflower, safflower, olive, canola, peanut... in my freezer I have bags of frozen fish, frozen meats, and frozen butter. There is a stale 1/2 loaf of low carb bread that I'm not sure what to do with. I have sugar free jam that was never opened.
I always have a few cartons of Kitchen Basics chicken broth around. I sometimes keep real homemade broth in the freezer but it gets used up quickly!
I keep canned tomatoes on hand (Cue someone to tell me about BPA, I know know...)
Various salad dressings in the refrigerator.
Various frozen veggies in freezer - green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, stir fry mix, kale, trader joes frozen leeks (trying to figure out what to make with them!)
I have most of what's in yours, Pete, minus the berries and nut stuff (allergies), plus several types of block cheeses on top of the grated and crumbled. I also have several tubs of soft cheeses, cream cheese and Boursin cheeses.
I also have about ten different hot sauces, about five or six different chili peppers in the fridge (whole, fresh and pickled), and at least that many ground chilies and a couple of chili oils in the cupboard. I like spice. :D
I don't keep much in the way of snacks around, but I usually have at least one package of hard salami in the fridge. Sometimes a bag of pork rinds in the cupboard, mostly used to cook with.
I stock up on meats when there are sales on choices I like, so I almost always have at least several weeks' worth of meat in the chest freezer at any given time. I do the same with soda, even though I don't drink a ton.
I keep chicken bones and the end bits of veggies in the freezer too, waiting to be turned into broth. Then I freeze the broth into ice cubes to be added to whatever I need.
For the leeks, I had an amazing leek and cheese (smoked Gouda, IIRC) soup at a friend's house a few months back. I get you could make that LC fairly easily. It was delicious, and they said it was from a standard cookbook, maybe the Joy of Cooking?
Carbquik is my new must have storecupboard ingredient :) but I always keep eggs, bacon and sausages in in case I'm feeling uninspired and just want a good old Atkins fry up. I also have plenty of cheese, canned tomatoes, pesto in jars etc to go with Dreamfields pasta....which I also keep in stock ;) and cabbage, cauli, mayonnaise, salad ingreds etc. I have cooked chicken chunks in the freezer for quick and easy meals, and coconut milk for quick curries. Nothing out of the ordinary. I have a stash of zero carb sweets but I can't have more than one or two per day or my digestive tract rebels, it's the polyols ;)
Adding to the original post and other posters (unless I missed).. I also have..
- canned chicken in case I need a quick lunch
- frozen cheesesteak style beef - again for a quick lunch
- diet hot chocolate - it's my daily snack
- pork rinds - for coating or snacking
- American deluxe cheese for my cheese crackers when I need a carb replacement for Mexican or Spanish food
I think that's about all
I keep the stuff you do, Pete, plus:
Chicken and beef broth
Canned tomatoes, fire-roasted and regular
Canned artichoke hearts
Frozen broccoli and cauliflower for soups
Pretty much everything that all posters have said, plus these additional items are staples for me:
spaghetti squash (they keep for a couple of weeks in the pantry)
jars of Ragu Alfredo sauce (delicious over the spaghetti squash)
Atkins bars - for emergencies
mama lupe tortillas
I keep frozen fish in the freezer too, it's really convenient. I buy bulk packs of salmon fillets and white fish plus smoked haddock for chowder. Couldn't be without :) also frozen beef mince and lamb mince, cooked chicken, and low carb cake I've portioned beforehand for treats :)
We keep burgers, shrimp, and Steak-Umms in the freezer, along with frozen veggies.
I can chicken, pork, and beef, and keep that in the pantry, along with canned tuna, sardines, and kippers. Canned tomatoes, salsa, and beans.
My spice cupboard is pretty full, and I have five hot sauces. I also keep a stir-fry sauce and a barbeque sauce on hand in the fridge
Fridge always has eggs, cheese, sour cream and cream. Pepperoni and hot dogs. Salad greens, radishes, celery, carrots.
Butter, bacon grease, roasted garlic olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, olive oil, and some other kind of oil (used to be macadamia nut, now it's flax -- for salad dressing). I also keep chicken fat and pork fat for cooking, when I have enough left over from roasting meat.
Heinz low carb ketchup, homemade BBQ sauce made from said ketchup, Tyson Tequila lime wings (frozen), bacon jerky. (Oberto is pretty good- 1 carb per ounce) Liquid smoke, worcestershire sauce, flax seeds (whole) flax meal, chia seeds, homemade peanut butter
Also, Blue Diamond unsweetened almond milk- boxed like chicken broth and shelf-stable, although the refrigerated kind tastes better and is cheaper for some reason.
Oh, I forgot jars of roasted red peppers!
Other good jarred items - marinated artichoke hearts, pickles, olives, hearts of palm, baby corn (surprisingly low in carbs compared to regular corn)
Ah let's see:
Frozen meats, berries, and veggies, as well as gf bread for the kids and some dark chocolate.
Fridge: produce, spicy sausage, coconut milk that was opened, coconut yogurt for the kids, condiments, deli turkey for the kids, fancy Pellegrino water for a treat drink instead of alcohol for my husband and myself.
Cupboards: sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, coconut oil, spices, nuts, canned fish, Lara bars, Kind bars, raisins, coconut flakes and flour, almond flour, coconut butter, trail mix (nuts and dried fruit...for school lunches)... And that's it!
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