Creating a healthy kitchen- the pantry
I have fallen a bit behind in the blogosphere. Too little time and too many activities will do that. In the cue for posts is one on obesity and one on communication. But for today, I wanted to share someone else’s good advice and start a series called ‘Creating a healthy kitchen,’ which should cover everything from shopping tips, to cooking advice, to how to stock your kitchen. On that last note, todays’ shared post comes to us from Sunny at And Love it Too, via Paleo Parents. Although I feel a bit guilty about reposting a guest blog, this is a good one, and at the very least may introduce some of you to two other great resources. Paleo Parents just came out with a new cookbook called Beyond Bacon, and the reviews for it are amazing. Whether or not you follow a Paleo diet, the advice in this post is sound and useful.
Here are the basic rules:
- Work with whole foods as much as possible (this is the golden rule).
- When buying pre-made or canned goods take a few minutes to check the ingredient list and make sure you can understand all the ingredients without needing an advanced degree.
- In general try to purchase pre-made and canned foods that have a limited number of ingredients (think of five as your high limit).
- Keep the foods you use the most often in easy to access areas.
- Keep less healthy foods or special treat options out of reach of children and in recessed areas of your pantry (this will make them less tempting on a daily basis).
- Stock foods, spices and herbs you use. As great as it sounds to have saffron on hand, if you don’t use it, it will go stale, take up room and gather dust.
- Use containers that allow you to easily recognize their content – if you don’t see it you won’t remember to use it.
- My personal recommendation is to go through your pantry every six months or so and clean out anything you have not used. Again with most herbs and some spices you may choose to throw or give them away as they lose flavor and potency with time.
- Note a pantry can be a big walk in closet, and there are days I dream of that, but even small pantries can be well and properly stocked, they just require you to be more precise about what you want and need to keep.
So with no further ado here is the link to the Paleo Parents guest post from And Love it Too about Stocking a Paleo Pantry