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#1 Old 04-23-2003, 10:03 PM
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Hello

I just want to get some feedback on your favorite pantry items. Its getting pretty expensive trying a bunch out there. My favorite has to be Bragg-liquid aminos, i use it in almost everything! Also, my favorite vegetable broth is by Seitenbacher ( pretty pricey,but worth it).

I am a serious cook!, its my passion. I cant wait to here some of your suggestions.
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#2 Old 04-23-2003, 11:23 PM
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Hmm...

Well - I'm not positive I'm answering this right - but here are the things I can't live without on my pantry shelves:

(listed in no particular order)



Mirin

Soy Sauce

Sushi Vinegar (for making marinated vegetables)

Dried Mushrooms (for making vegan dashi)

Dried Soybeans (for doing a variety of things with)

Rice!!

TVP

Olive oil
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rice noodles for making stiry-fry noodles, and also curry powder for same dish

minced garlic in a jar, i prefer fresh most of the time but for quick meals this is so much easier

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#4 Old 04-23-2003, 11:51 PM
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Braggs for me too!

instant miso soup (miso-cup is my favorite)

veg broth cubes, i just use herb ox

plain microwave popcorn (bearitos organic)

corn thins

kamut and millet puffs (natures path organic)

imagine soups

and i stock more condiments than you would think possible. sometimes i go grocery shopping and come home with 60 bucks worth of sauces, spreads, dressings etc. so thats my pantry staples.
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#5 Old 04-23-2003, 11:51 PM
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tamari

couscous

wholemeal pasta

chargrilled veges and canned toms

canned asparagus

spices

rice

raw cashews
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#6 Old 04-24-2003, 12:21 AM
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I have to agree with you again Shewolf, i couldn't live without my tamari it's just great in nearly everything



The other things i couldn't live without



Rice

Spray olive oil

sultanas
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#7 Old 04-24-2003, 12:47 AM
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beans, beans and more beans
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#8 Old 04-24-2003, 12:52 AM
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Spices, spices, spices! I can make anything into a meal with the right seasoning.
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Oh, you reminded me AVM! Olive oil, but the bottle kind...
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#10 Old 04-24-2003, 04:55 AM
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Rice, seasonings, tvp, olive oil- i think I could survive for a while with just that in my makeshift pantry
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beans and cereal
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Coconut Milk and Peanut-Butter to make a super tasty veggie stir-fry sauce
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hey evita,



some of my favorites are; mild dried red peppers, chipolte peppers and sun dried tomatoes. all add a wonderfull flavor to seemingly any cooked (sun dried tomatoes are the secret to my guacamole) foods. i can't live without garlic, i use TONS! i am not much of a garlic connosieur, but last year at the farmers market i was getting these huge baseball sized heads pretty regularly which were awesome. i gotta remember to ask them what those were this year. the garlic at the grocery is usually the wimpy small kind. elehpant garlic is a nice treat, but kind of weak. i've only used it for making roasted garlic. this is a very nice treat if you've never tried it! mix a clove or two with some olive oil, salt and your own choice of herbs and you have yourself a nice sandwich spread, or dip.



hmm, i keep and buy a lot of bulk foods, grains and beans. try and rotate it up a bit. the past few weeks i've had wheat berries, a store mix of 8 different types of rices, steel cut oats, quinoa, popcorn and tabouli mix. can't be without ground just peanuts, butter. nor edens apple butter. lastly, i allways keep on store a loaf of bread, a package of pitas and a bag of granola from this wonderfull whole foods bakery in town. i'm also a big fan of puffed kamut and all the other puffed cererals from arrowhead mills!
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Yum-I love coconut milk, peanut butter, curry paste and veggies



But for my pantry I think the most important things are

tamari

braggs

spices

canned tomatoes

balsamic vinegar

brown rice

good olive oil

flax oil

natural peanut butter
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oh, i forgot about the beans...heh. well, i have an issue with not eating them often enough for some not clear reason (time?). i don't like canned foods, and i'm bent on using them dried...so its kind of oxymoronic. but aside from that i have the norml varieties. would like to try some of the traditional indian dals.
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peanut butter and more peanut butter

tahini

falafel mix

mustard (I have about 8 different kinds)

hot sauce (again, about 8 different kinds)

nutritional yeast

brown rice

whole wheat pasta

beans, beans, beans

canned diced tomatoes

really good olive oil

garlic, garlic, garlic

onions

miso
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#17 Old 04-24-2003, 10:42 AM
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wow, what great suggestions. I havent tried tamaris, ill definitely pick it up. Also, what kind of brown rice do you guys get? I really dont like the mushy kind, i like my rice on the firmy side.



Palindrome- I will have to try the sun dried tomatoes on my guacamole next time, sounds good.



Shewolf- what is AVM?
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soy sauce

garlic

dried beans

nutritional yeast

vinegar

seeds for sprouting or roasting

olive oil

and soy chunks (kind of like TVP i think)
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balsamic vinegar, olive oil, oats and pasta are my staple items.
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#20 Old 04-24-2003, 11:14 AM
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Peanut Butter

Apple Butter

Pasta

Rice

Beans

Instant Soup Mixes

Flour

Canned Vegetables & Fruit

Olive Oil

Oatmeal
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Originally posted by Evita

wow, what great suggestions. I havent tried tamaris, ill definitely pick it up. Also, what kind of brown rice do you guys get? I really dont like the mushy kind, i like my rice on the firmy side.



I loooove brown jasmine rice! Second, would be brown basmati. I love aromatic rice.



I have too many pantry items to be able to pick a few. But I always replace my shoyus, tamaris, and Bragg's. Nutritional yeast too. Dried beans, rice, various berries (for flours), all my favorite grains -- quinoa, amaranth, rice -- but those are in the freezer; canned and jarred items, tons of condiments; tons of spices, my favorites are garlic and onion powders, asafoetida, white/black pepper. And always my seaweeds!! -- my favorite, arame; hijiki; dulse; and my kombu -- can't live without them!

Oh, too much stuff. I have tons of nuts and seeds...
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Emes Kosher-Jel

Fantastic brand Hacienda Spanish Rice Pilaf

Fantastic brand Taco Filling

dried black beans

Lundberg Sushi Rice and brown rice

Westbrae organic Garbanzo beans

Crofter's organic Rasberry conserve

ShariAnn's organic baked beans

whole wheat pastry flour

Tropical Source chocolate chips

Arrowroot powder

lentils

Natural Value bamboo shoots
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Do you wonder what Loki keeps in the kitchen? Well, I thought you'd say no, so scroll down to the next post, after I say anyway:



Quinoa

TVP

Spaghetti

Baked beans (in a can)

Heinz country vegetable soup (in a can)

Pasta sauce

Linda McCartney Sausage rolls (They go in the freezer, BTW)

Ready made falafel (Obviously)

Carrots (For falafel and to eat as a snack)

Lettuce (For falafel)

Pitta bread

Hovis country grain bread

Onions

Mushrooms

Garlic

Herbs & spices

Apples

Oranges

Apple Juice

Orange Juice

Olive oil

Canola oil



As I see it, it's important to have both olive and canola oil. Canola oil is brilliant for frying, and for general oil purposes. It goes great in stir fries and other things. However, olive oil has a great taste to it, and it's great when i make pasta, since it has a low smoke point, so it kinda dries up if I pit too much in, which doesn't happen with canola oil. On the flipside, if you use olive oil in a stir fry, it starts smoking. That's why it's essential to have both, IMO.
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olive oil

red wine vinegar

soy sauce

ketchup

spices

pasta

oatmeal



That's all I can think of right now!
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-- soy flour

-- gluten flour

-- flax seed

-- wheat flour and wheat bran

-- dried coconut

-- nuts nuts nuts

-- dried mushroom

-- dried seaweed

-- dried daikon (Japanese radish)

-- tomato sauce

-- unsweetened cocoa powder

-- soy sauce

-- Mirin (Japanese cooking wine)

-- soba noodle

-- NUTRITIONAL YEAST



sheesh I need a lot of stuff
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Just a short list of the bare necessities:



olive oil

canola oil

hazelnut oil

sesame oil

apple cidar vinegar

rice vinegar

balsamic vinegar

red wine vinegar

wine (for cooking, but NOT cooking wine)

peanut butter

tahini

several kinds of mustard

soy sauce

teriyaki sauce

sun dried tomatoes

dried mushrooms

Knorr vegetable bouillon

Maggi seasoning in a bottle

nutritional yeast

tomato paste, canned tomatoes

canned chickpeas and other beans

unbleached white flour

white whole wheat flour

whole wheat flour

bread flour

soy flour

wheat gluten

oatmeal

cornmeal

brown rice

quinoa

couscous

whole wheat pasta

turbinado

vegan chocolate chips

Ghiradhelli unsweetened cocoa powder

almonds

pine nuts

walnuts

pecans

lots of dried herbs

lots of spices



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"Ohsawa" shoyu soy sauce

Olive oil

Sesame oil

Balsamic vinegar

mirin

Sesame seeds

brown rice

quinoa

millet

canned/dried beans



From the looks of this thread i really have to try that Braggs!

Imagine the yummy potluck dinner we could all have.....
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tamari is very tasty! i prefer it hands down over soy sauce. they both are made from soy though. not sure of the exact difference.



just got me a bottle of braggs. i have been curious about it, but the really gimmicky label turned me off. its good to see it is low in sodium. the low sodium tamari i buy has like 800mg per teaspoon! i haven't tried it by itself yet, but i made "liquid gold" with it which was tasty. liquid gold is this awesome dressing recipe from the book "becoming vegan" btw. i am normally an incessant oil and vinegar type person. but this stuff is going to broaden my palete a span. the added benefit is that it is a great way to include flax oil in your diet.



i'm also a big fan of tahini, and nutritional yeast. i just finished the rest of my tahini sauce here, in fact. a bit of lime or lemon juice, water, tahini, salt and garlic.



of course there are the mustards, and vinegars, spices, and oils. i am stuck on grey poupon, apple cider vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil. i just buy bulk spices now for the most part at the grocery store, but since penzeys opened a shop i've kinda been nosing around there too. tried asofetida for the first time last week! other wise known as devils dung, heh. anyone else notice the fetid in it? well in all honesty it was strong smelling and tasting, but certainly it wasn't going to make me gag involuntarily...shesh. my two favorite spices as of right now would have to be corriander and turmeric.



i am really curious about seaweeds, haven't tried buying any yet. spinach in miso soup just isn't the same...hehe.



strix: does the packaged stuff go very far? it allways looked like a small amount for a sizeable price. not sure what all you could use it for either?



i understand now that it is futile to list EVERYTHING...heh.



evita: yah, i'm sure you'll be very pleased with the sun dried tomatoes. just a hint, most are salted somewhat, which speeds the drying. i allways find that i need quite a lot less salt when using them in whatever, for obvious reasons. also, i find that guacamole is at its best after being refridgerated overnight. this is very true when using the sun dried tomatoes. they will eventually get very hard if left long enough, i don't really try and keep them from drying out. but instead just put some in a bowl with water and nuke em for 30 secs or let them sit for a bit when i need to use them. oh and if i haven't said enough already , scissors work well for cutting them into more manageable pieces.



best!
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Hi Evita.

These are the pantry items I use a lot.



brown jasmine rice

sweet rice

canned tomatoes

anasazi beans

adzuki beans

white flour (I keep whole-wheat flour in the fridge)

coconut milk powder

soymilk powder

dried shiitake mushrooms

dried kombu (kelp)

soy sauce

rolled oats

various spices

whole-wheat noodles
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#30 Old 04-25-2003, 11:34 AM
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Ok...i was trying to save some money here...but it looks like i've just added 50 items to my grocery list! This is great.



Mouse- thats your short list? definitely want to go over your house to eat.

Kyo- never heard of anasazi or adzuki beans, will look for them.

Palindrome- thanks again for you recipes. Im also a big fan of Tahini and flax seed oil. I do also use corriander and tumeric, i love spicy food, i put it in my indian dishes.
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