5 Tips for your homemade pantry

Pantry: the word conjures up a vision of domestic charm.

Carefully labelled cupboard essentials. Ordered rows of pastes, pickles and perfect preserves. Jars of ruby red tomato sauce. Satisfying crunchy granola. Sturdy sacks of potatoes, fresh from the soil. Sweet smelling fruits of seasonal crops. Tins of tempting chewy, chocolatey cookies and biscuits.

A well-stocked pantry with inspirational cooking ingredients truly is a thing of joy. The pleasure of home cooking and baking, and the passion for knowing exactly what’s going into our food, contribute to the desire for handmade ingredients.

With Thermomix® it’s easy to make your own allergy-free ingredients, from gluten-free flour and egg-free mayonnaise to almond milk and cashew butter.

So, why homemade rather than store bought?

• More affordable
• Made fresh
• Less waste and more sustainable
• Adjusted to your taste
• Know what you are putting on your plate

Thermomix® functions such as chopping, grinding, blending, and kneading, make it easy to produce your own condiments and chutneys; sauces, spice mixes, seasonings and stocks; butters, oils and ferments which will change the way you cook and make it a more pleasing experience.

Check out our 5 tips to help you organize and stock your homemade pantry:

1) Buy in bulk and in season

Buying ingredients in bulk and in season saves you money and is also better for the environment. Think berries for jams, pumpkins for homemade pie filling, or fresh basil for pesto.

2) Store ingredients in their whole form for endless possibilities

Keep granulated sugar in your pantry and then grind it into icing sugar when needed. Or make your own flour mixtures from whole grains. If you’ve got more rice than you know what to do with, start thinking outside the box in terms of milling some rice into rice flour for use in different recipes.

3) Have sauces ready to go for quick dinners

Your Thermomix® is your superpower when it comes to sauces. Whether it’s a curry, pasta sauce, or pesto you have the choice to easily make it from scratch.

4) Buy whole spices

Keep spices fresher for longer by buying them in their whole form. Always grind your own ingredients as needed to retain their freshness and flavor, then store and use them later.

5) Always know what you have on hand

Have you come across mysterious mason jars in your pantry? An organized labelling system will help keep track of contents and best before dates. Choose one or two items to make at home each week and you’ll soon have a pantry brimming with homemade goods.