Bottled and Canned Goods for the Pantry
Stock your panty with bottled and canned goods, which have a long shelf life (until you open that bottle or can, of course). In addition to the standards like ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise, you can find all kinds of bottled and canned products to try.
Always stock the following essentials:
Anchovies: For salad dressings and simple sauces, anchovies can lend subtle depth of flavor.
Artichoke hearts marinated in olive oil: Great tossed into green salads, marinated vegetable salads, and even cooked pasta.
Beans: Kidney, garbanzo, and baked beans for soups, salads, and quick side dishes.
Canned clams and clam juice: For quick pasta sauce or as a substitute for homemade fish stock.
Canned tuna, peanut butter, jellies, and jams: The makings for easy sandwiches (though not all together), as well as good additions to a number of dishes.
Cans of broth (chicken, beef, and vegetable): Broths can create a tasty base for soups, pasta recipes, and beyond.
Capers (pickled flower buds of the caper bush): For making quick, tangy sauces for meats and poultry.
Cranberry sauce: Serve with grilled meats and poultry or use as a basting sauce.
Enchilada sauce, taco sauce: A great base for chili, beef or chicken,
Hoisin sauce: A favorite of Chinese cuisine that is made from soybeans, garlic, chile peppers, and spices.
Olives: Green, black, and stuffed for appetizers and slicing into salads and pasta dishes.
Roasted peppers: For adding to marinated vegetables, tossed green salads, and creamy dips.
Tomato paste and canned tomatoes: For flavoring stews and sauces.
Wines: A dry white and a dry red wine for adding to sauces, stews, and long-simmering casseroles and soups.