Cooking From the Pantry

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December 9, 2004

To make sure I always have a back up of certain items I try to buy two of them when I can and then put the extra into the pantry area and forget about it. When I can't spend too much on groceries for some reason. Like an unexpected car expense, a birthday or a bill that was forgotten I always have the extra items I can count on.

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August 10, 2005

This was a saver when we were low on groceries. We always had a variety of canned veggies on hand. You can make this soup with most anything from the pantry, except beets. For example, yu can use one can each of: green beans, peas, corn, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes (can use fresh), etc. Add onion soup mix if you want and/or 2 or 3 bouillon cubes. You can add more or less of any item. You can use fresh veggies if you have them. I also put in a bit of vegetable oil of some kind to give the broth a 'stocky' look. Just heat through or until bouillon cubes are dissolved.


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August 15, 2009

I have carrots, potatoes, onions, mushrooms, canned tomatoes, canned cream mushrooms, sweetcorn, tuna, ham, cheese, feta cheese, mozzarella cheese, tofu, chives, parsley, basil, dried herbs, pasta, and rice what can I make with it?

By holly


August 16, 20090 found this helpful

Do you have any meat available, other than the ham and tuna? If not, you could make spaghetti or something similar. I sometimes spray a casserole dish, and make spaghetti sauce and layer it with pasta and cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Is cheap, good and goes great with a salad. Or, you could make a scalloped ham and potato casserole. Slice or shred your potatoes and mix with cheese, onions, cubed or shredded ham, cream of mushroom, salt/pepper, etc.


and bake at 350 for about an hour.

I would just get creative if it was me. When I have a strange mix of stuff in the cabinets, I tell my husband I am going in the kitchen "to pull a rabbit outta my hat" and he knows by that, that there is no telling what kind of dinner we will be having. It's kinda fun to see what you can come up with and it usually turns out pretty good. Don't be afraid to experiment.
Good luck. Hope this helps. :)

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August 16, 20090 found this helpful

You have a pretty good base for quiet a few different combinations . Do what I have done-look at your list and combine to make different combinations.

carrots, potatoes, onions, mushrooms, canned tomatoes, canned cream mushrooms, sweet corn. chives, parsley, basil, dried herbs, pasta or and rice - soup


tuna, onion, mushroom, mozzarella cheese, parsley & pasta=tuna casserole

tuna + flour + spices+ egg=tuna cake if don't have an egg search for some mayonnaise, cook rice & veg (carrot, onion & mushroom) separate and serve with cake.

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August 17, 20090 found this helpful

Carrots, mushrooms, onions, cooked rice, and feta cheese or mozarella cheese mixed and cooled in frigde, and flavored with salt and Italian type seasonings could be a mediterranean type rice salad. You could also add the tuna &/or tomatoes, drained well and dried between paper towels or a kitchen towel, for more of a main dish type of meal.
You could change it up by subbing pasta for the rice, and serving it hot.
You have given me alot of great ideas to avoid some trips to the grocery!

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August 18, 20090 found this helpful

For future reference, has all sorts of recipes. All you have to do is click on what you have on hand and they will come up with a recipe.


It borders on the miraculous. Hope this helps.

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April 5, 20100 found this helpful

So much to choose from.

Slice the potatoes and either bake them or fry them with salt and pepper to taste. You can also add diced ham to the fried potatoes near end of cooking or when baking from the begining with a little of any or all of the cheeses on top. Slice the mushrooms and saute with butter, salt, pepper , onions and your herbs, pulverize the tomatoes and add after the mushrooms are done, a dash of sugar and cook down, serve over spigehti noodles or rice. Dice one half to one potato, a quarter cup of each, corn , mushrooms and canned cream mushrooms, canned corn, onions, tomato or any vegetable you like, season with onions, chives, basis, Itallian season, add any type of meat diced including fish or shrimp, pork or chicken, cook on low for two to three hours, serve over rice or alone with corn bread.

go here for free recipies and free software to save your recipies to along with a free shopping list creator that adds up you total cost for your shopping list.

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Where can I find a way to make the best use of the odds and ends left in the pantry, before I do a re-stock?

By Sandra


April 9, 20120 found this helpful

Maybe you can find a few ideas here:

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May 4, 20120 found this helpful

Thank you! :)

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August 15, 2009

After being trapped at my camper for a week while my car was in the shop, I've decided to really stock up the pantry. Does anyone have recipes for meals, snacks or desserts that can be made totally (or mostly) from the pantry with shelf stable ingredients?

Ray from Cleveland, OH


Recipes To Use Pantry Items

I always go to this website: Under the search area, you can customize it by looking for certain recipes with what you do have in your pantry.
Worth a try. (07/21/2008)

By melinda

Recipes To Use Pantry Items I use this site a lot when I get stumped and do not want to go to the store. (07/21/2008)

By Doris Snoeck

Recipes To Use Pantry Items

This is one of the best pastry recipes I use and even when you aren't forced to use pantry items, bake these up. They will impress your friends when you need to take something to a bakesale.

Almond Puff Pastry





Pastry: Cut butter into flour; sprinkle cold water and mix until it forms a ball. Separate in half and press out two 2 x 12-inch strips on cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.

Filling: Boil together water and butter. Remove from heat. Add almond extract and stir in flour. Beat eggs in one at a time. Place batter over crust. Fold pastries over lengthwise and seal edges with water.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes until lightly browned. Cool.

Frosting: Combine ingredients and spread over pastry. (07/21/2008)

By Barbara

Recipes To Use Pantry Items

I frequently made Pantry Soup and still do occasionally. (I am 66). Use any canned vegetables you like, except beets. Drain the vegetables, so you don't have the extra salt, etc. Add a splash of oil to give the soup a stocky look, add several beef or chicken bullion cubes for meat flavor. Use tomato soup or sauce or paste for the tomato flavor. I put in a can or two of diced or stewed tomatoes, break up the stewed tomatoes.

You can add fresh vegetables if you want, potatoes, carrots, or onion, or stick to all canned. Use whatever seasonings you want, my granddaughter, age 12, goes through the spice drawer to see how many different ones she can find to put in. I haven't really said what exactly vegetables to add because that depends on what you like and what you have on hand. I like to put sauerkraut in mine. How many cans you use depends, again, on what you have and how much you want to make. Let it all simmer to meld the flavors. (07/21/2008)

By Linda

Recipes To Use Pantry Items

I bought the book "Not Just Beans". You can find it on the Living on a Dime website. It's full of the type of recipes you are looking for and has tons of tips in it. (07/21/2008)

By Sharon Y.

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I found a wealth of info with not only pantry-stable food items to stock up on, but also recipes using them! Check out: (07/22/2008)

By Melody T.

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