One thing the gluten-free lifestyle definitely demands is that we learn to cook at home. Although gluten-free restaurants and convenience foods certainly are growing in popularity, many gluten-free individuals find that it is much easier to prepare meals in their own kitchens. Ask any cook and they will tell you that a well-stocked pantry is a top priority. Having what you need on hand makes throwing together quick gluten-free meals much less of a hassle and saves you from making nightly trips to the market.
If you’re going to be spending more time in the kitchen, you might as well create a pantry you can be proud of! We've put together this handy list of tips to help you compile and organize a stash of gluten-free ingredients for your own kitchen. See something missing? Let us know what essentials your gluten-free pantry sports!
Stockpile staple items. Here’s a list of gluten-free staples any conscious cook can have on-hand at all times:
If you notice a sale, grab a couple! Gluten-free products can sometimes be hard to come by so when you have a chance to stock-up for a good price, don’t waste any time.
An organized kitchen is a functional kitchen. Whether your gluten-free pantry is a room in and of itself or your only cabinet, create a system and keep it neat.
Use glass jars, plastic containers, baskets, and crates to organize gluten-free staples like flour, dried beans, and sugar. If you’re really feeling inspired, slap on some labels, and your gluten-free pantry will be ready for a magazine spread!
Keep these tips in mind for your freezer, too. Buy veggies, fruits, and meat in bulk to freeze for later. Plan your gluten-free menu around the items you already have on hand.
Revamping your pantry is necessary when you make the gluten-free lifestyle a part of your household routine. Keeping go-to items on hand reduces stress and boosts cooking creativity. Most importantly, an organized, well-stocked pantry will provide inspiration, motivation, and an abundance of healthy gluten-free meals.