A Baker’s Pantry

It has been an interesting week, to say the least. I’m not young, but I’m not old either, pretty much just right there in the middle. (This is assuming that I am going to reach the ripe old age of 104, so maybe I am just slightly on the older side of the bell, but only just). I have never in my middle-ish life experienced anything like this past week. Schools are closing or going online, the NBA cancelled their season, Disneyworld is closing it’s doors, and the entire country of Italy is on shut-down, a whole country!  I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined something like this. 

Most of this is preemptive, doing what we can to stop the spread of the corona virus. Protecting those that are vulnerable, and doing our part. Last night I stopped by the bank, which happens to be in a grocery store. I was stunned, the store was packed, people were in long lines checking out, every isle was a challenge to get down, I can’t imaging what Walmart and Costco were like. I live in a state where preparedness is drilled into us from a young age, many families are taught to have a years supply and yet we still had a rush on the grocery stores. 

It started me thinking about our pantry and what we might need should we need to self-isolate, and I realized how lucky we are as bakers, and homemakers.  Much of what we need is already in our homes. A bakers pantry is stocked with basic supplies that will provide nourishment for your family. No need to stock up on bread or tortillas, we can make them from scratch. 

Tools for your kitchen

Bosch Universal Mixer

Magimix Food Processor

L'Equip Dehydrator

A baker’s pantry starts with good tools like the Bosch Universal Mixer or the Magimix food processor. Good tools do the hard work for you. A food dehydrator can also help preserve food to fill your pantry no matter where you live or the size of your kitchen. It will not only preserve almost anything, but lighten the load and size of the food, making it easy to store. 

 Having a few basic supplies will turn your baked goods into a meal. Homemade pasta with sauce and fresh French bread sounds pretty good doesn’t it?  Tuna sandwiches are much better on fresh bread than stale crackers.  There’s such a variety of things to prepare straight from the baker’s pantry. Pancakes or waffles, tortillas or flat bread, and don’t forget the sweets. A good chocolate chip cookie will make the house smell great and put a smile on everyone’s face.

Pantry list for baked goods

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • yeast
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • cornstarch
  • dried milk
  • butter
  • crisco
  • canola oil
  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • nuts
  • raisins
  • chocolate chips
  • cocoa
  • vinegar
  • salt
  • garlic powder
  • garlic dalt
  • onion powder
  • cayenne 
  • chilli powder
  • oregano
  • pepper
  • thyme
  • parsley
  • cinnamon
  • butter
  • milk
  • cream
  • mayo
  • mustard

There are of course a lot of other staples that you will have in your pantry, add things that you eat regularly. We have a few jars of salsa on the ready, and packages of dried pasta are cheap and easy to prepare. If you are lucky enough to have a garden you probably already have a pantry full of canned goods. Anything stored at room temperature is an added advantage, no dependence on electricity. 

A few extra's

    • tuna
    • canned chicken
    • canned tomatoes
    • tomato past
    • tomato sauce 
    • pickles
    • vegetables
    • soup
    • boullion
    • sweet and condensed milk
    • your favorite spices 
    • olives
    • vinegar*
    • applesauce*
*Great for butter replacements. 

For  a great list of ingredient substitutions click this link.

Baking Ingredient Substitutions

NutriMill Grain Mills

Having a grain mill makes your kitchen even more versatile. Having an assortment of grains on hand adds a great variety of taste and nutrition to your diet. Legumes in a pantry is a must, they are easy to store and a valuable source of protein and other nutrients. You can also mill them in your grain mill for quick re-fried beans or gluten-free flours. And don’t forget the rice. Rice and beans are an easy go-to meal, but just like beans, you can mill rice and have rice flour for your baking needs.

Bread Recipe's

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When living in unsure times and it feels like you’re surrounded by chaos, being prepared is reassuring. Making homemade bread is comforting, and spending two weeks in self quarantine is really not the worst thing that can happen. For some of us it’s a dream come true.  Be safe, be smart, listen to the experts and take solace in the fact that you are way ahead of the crowd. Bake someone happy!

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