Cooking from your Pantry

Many changes have occurred in our lives due to COVID-19. On a positive note, you may be enjoying more meals at home with your family. This is a good time to make an inventory of food supplies and ingredients you have on hand and cook from your pantry (and freezer). This post contains many links to resources so here goes! (Make sure you scroll down to the bottom for the best part!)

As you prepare an inventory of what you have on hand, remember FIFO – First In, First Out. This is a handy organization method that ensures you are using items before they spoil or lose quality and freshness. Check “best buy” and “use by” dates on canned foods and refrigerated items and place those that need to be used first in the front of your pantry and refrigerator.

By the way, what do all of those dates on food products mean? Here is a handy guide:

A well-stocked kitchen pantry will make sure you are prepared with prime and basic ingredients for your favorite recipes. Here is a list of pantry staples to keep your kitchen cabinets stocked and ready! 

Need a refresher in cooking and food-prep skills? Here are more helpful resources:

So, now that you are armed with all of this information here is a super neat online tool – Supercook!!  Just plug in ingredients you have on hand and Supercook will find match recipes!  Dinner is ready!!

Sharolyn Flaming Jackson is a Family and Consumer Sciences Specialist and Walk Kansas coordinator at K-State Research and Extension.

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