My Raw Food Pantry

So I have come to find that I tend to use the same ingredients over and over, just in different ways, depending on what is in my CSA or at the Farmers Market.  Here is a list of my MUST haves for my raw food pantry/fridge.  I really use these almost every day.

Spices:

  • Cardamom
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • Curry powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Ginger, root and ground
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla, both extract and beans
  • Sea salt

Oils & Vinegars:

  • Olive oil, extra virgin cold pressed
  • Untoasted Sesame oil
  • Red wine vinegar, raw, unpasteurized
  • Apple Cider vinegar, raw, unpasteurized
  • Nama Shoyu

Sweeteners:

  • Honey, raw, local
  • Medjool dates
  • Maple syrup
  • Raisins

Snacks:

  • Kale chips
  • Greek olives
  • Two Mom’s granola bars

Fruit & Vegetables (in addition to what is local and in season):

  • Bananas
  • Gala Apples
  • Avocados
  • Lemons

Nuts:

  • Almonds (mostly to make almond milk)
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Coconut, unsweetened, shredded

Seeds:

  • Chia seeds
  • Sesame seeds

Other Foods (these are not a daily necessity but I use them maybe once a week):

  • Cacao butter
  • Cacao nibs
  • Cacao powder
  • Sprouted lentils
  • Steel cut oats

Supplies:

  • Blender
  • Whisk
  • Knife
  • Colander
  • Cheesecloth
  • Hand juicer
  • Mason jar (for making sun tea and storing my almond milk)
  • Vegetable peeler

From this list, I pretty much can make all the raw food recipes I love.  There are a couple of other things in my pantry, but they don’t get used as often.  I just purchased some Ume vinegar and Coconut oil, neither which I have used yet.  I also have some buckwheat groats, goji berries, hemp seeds, millet, and oat groats that I have not gotten around to using yet.  Some of the other things I like to keep on hand but don’t use as frequently are:  cashews, peanuts, pine nuts, flax seed, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and a coconut (both for the water and the meat).  For supplies, I occasionally use a Benriner Cook Helper Slicer for spiraling vegetables.  I still have not bought a dehydrator and do not feel like it has been an issue.

As with all my food, I try to source my fresh produce locally if possible and to make sure it is raised naturally and organically.  However, if it cannot be sourced locally, I try to make sure that it is organic and grown in the United States.

My goal for this week:  to start sprouting seeds.

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