Pantry Items to Keep on Hand

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It’s helpful to keep some staples on hand in case of unforeseen circumstances.  You do not need to buy all of these items at once and you should not buy foods you will not use. Ask a registered dietitian for more information.

Fruits and Vegetables

Potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Carrots
Onions
Turnip/rutabaga
Winter squash
Canned vegetables (corn, tomatoes, carrots, peas, etc)
Shelf-stable soups
Tomato sauce
Tomato paste
Dried seaweed/kelp
Dried mushrooms
Canned fruit (peaches, pears, pineapple, etc)
Applesauce

Grains

Pasta

Rice

Oatmeal

Quinoa

Barley

Bulgur

Cereal

Crackers

Bread products that freeze well

Protein

Dried or canned beans, peas, and lentils

Nuts

Seeds

Nut butters

Frozen meats and poultry

Frozen or canned fish

Shellfish

Dried seafood

Dried tofu

Eggs

Milk

Powdered milk

Yogurt

Cheese

Other Items

Infant cereal

Infant formula

Hydrating foods like gingerale, juice, jelly powder, freezies, ice pops, and sports

drinks in case you don’t feel well

Oils

Spices

Broth

Bottled water if you do not have a safe source of drinking water at home

Foods for enjoyment like chocolate, cookies, chips, or popcorn

Remember...

Use up fresh foods first.

Read food labels to choose foods with less added salt and sugar.

Whole grain foods have more fibre than ref ined grains.

Plant proteins l ike beans, peas, lent i ls, nuts, and seeds won’t spoil quickly.

Buy meat, poultry, and fish on sale and freeze it.

Additional Resources

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