A Glimpse Inside Our Pantry

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I thought I’d give you a glimpse into our pantry and fridge, and show you how we eat most of the time.  I think it’s fairly simple, just natural, whole ingredients, and organic where possible and affordable.  We also have a few specialty ingredients that we use sometimes.

So here’s what our pantry usually looks like after shopping day (photos taken a month ago). Where it’s just way too expensive to buy organic varieties, we try and find the next best thing. Our local supermarket for example has some ‘natural’ range products that are more affordable, and some of these things we use less regularly anyway (eg. almond meal, maple syrup).  A lot of things we buy in bulk bags, such as flour, nuts and dried fruit.  Also, our dairy produce in New Zealand is grass-fed and so we don’t buy organic dairy or meat (but do free-range chickens).

You’ll notice there’s some things there that aren’t all that healthy (like the bought crackers, which are convenient carriers for healthy toppings!), but we aren’t 100% perfect and aren’t trying to be!

Flour and Baking Ingredients

  • Coconut flour
  • Almond meal
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Wholewheat flour
  • Gluten-free/aluminium-free baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Shredded coconut
  • Coconut chips
  • Cacao powder
  • Coconut amino sauce
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Rapadura sugar
  • Coconut sugar
  • Raw honey
  • Cacao butter
  • Carob powder

Nuts, Seeds, Dried Fruit

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Natural raw nut mix (almonds, pecans, brazils, walnuts)
  • Walnuts
  • Goji berries
  • Raisins
  • Dates
  • Seed blend (LSAP)

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Oils and Vinegars

  • Extra virgin coconut oil
  • Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Plum vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Fermented soy sauce
  • Wholegrain mustard

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Dried Legumes

  • Lentils
  • Chick peas
  • Buckwheat groats
  • Brown rice
  • Jasmine white rice
  • Popcorn (always organic)
  • Quinoa
  • Wild rice
  • Millet (used infrequently)
  • Amaranth (used infrequently)

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  • Rice crackers
  • Canned coconut cream
  • Canned chick peas
  • Cacao nibs
  • Maca powder
  • 100% bean pasta
  • Tomato passata sauce
  • Homemade buckwheat cereal
  • Large rolled oats
  • Store-bought oat bars
  • Organic coffee
  • Organic herbal tea
  • Chlorella powder
  • Dr Mercola Protein powder
  • Moringa leaf powder

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Seasonings

  • Cinnamon
  • Braggs nutritional seasoning
  • Himalayan salt
  • Sea salt
  • Sweet paprika
  • Cumin
  • Ginger
  • Coriander seeds
  • Fennel seeds
  • Turmeric
  • Vanilla powder
  • Various dried herbs

In Our Fridge

This is about the fullest our fridge ever looks, as we have various leftovers in there, some chicken bones to turn into stock, and some bags of flour!  I can also spot some blueberries that we picked ourselves, and about 4 jars of sauerkraut.  Generally, the staples are:

  • Raw milk
  • Double organic cream
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Coconut water
  • Sauerkraut
  • Cream cheese
  • Almond milk
  • Jam
  • Cheese
  • Unsalted butter
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Free range eggs
  • Pesto (maybe once a month for this)
  • Kefir
  • Yoghurt
  • Kombucha mushies (haven’t made kombucha in a while)
  • Liquid whey
  • Seed powders
  • Homemade ACV drink
  • Homemade iced tea concentrate
  • Ginger root
  • Meat and frozen berries are in the freezer, also some frozen homemade stocks

pantry fridgeUsually we eat naturally fermented sour dough bread, as we can get some amazing artisan bread for a great price the day after it’s baked.  But we’re looking at cutting out grains for a while just to tidy up a few health issues that are lingering.  Instead I’m making flax bread and keep slices in the freezer ready to go, or using leftovers and making cooked lunches.

So there you go!  We’re spending inside the average range for a family of our size: $230-$359/wk (NZ stats for 2013, from lower to moderate range). The weeks I blow the budget is usually because we’ve stocked up on something or bought supplements.

We’re going to make some cut backs on our grocery bill this year but more on that another time. I’d like to get it down to $200-250/wk without compromising our health.  That’s going to take some serious creativity!

Have a great week!

Victoria

11 thoughts on “A Glimpse Inside Our Pantry

  1. AmyDavisArt

    Thanks for the peek indulge your pantry! Is your milk from the store raw? I can only get pasteurized milk from the store, but fresh milk is so delicious! We just finished a supper of grass fat burgers. Yummy!

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    1. Victoria Post author

      Yes it’s raw milk. The great thing is that it’s the same price as regular milk. When we’ve had to get pasteurized, we always try to get full fat and non-homogenized. Sometimes I use this milk to make kefir or yoghurt.

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  2. Jana

    I have friends who own a Hydroponic tomato farm. I learned from them that the best place to keep your tomatoes is on the counter. Keeping them in the fridge robs them of flavor and changes their texture. You can pop them in the fridge before they go bad if you haven’t managed to eat them first. It really helps!

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    1. Victoria Post author

      You’re so right! We do actually normally keep them in the pantry but sometimes if we don’t get through them fast enough, we have to put them in the fridge. Good spotting! And thanks for stopping by. – Victoria

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  3. Fleur

    Im so impressed.. your pantry is like my dream pantry with all those healthy ingredients. I have one corner of ours, dedicated to my ‘healthy eating’.. with legumes, beans, cacao etc.. and slowly are converting the family over. If you get time, Id love to know what kind of meal plan you follow for a week. xxx

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  4. Ellie www.newcreationsministries.wordpress.com/

    Wow, I realized I hadn’t kept up with you in forever!!! This is a great post – when we moved into our home in Ohio from Arizona (brrrrr) the previous owner was a “canner” and left all these great canned tomatoes with hot peppers for us. So perhaps I’ll learn to can someday like you. So good to see that you are healthy, well and happy on your side of the world! Blessings friend,

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    1. Victoria Post author

      Hi Ellie! I haven’t been blogging much over the past 8 months, as life has just become full and I have to re-adjust my priorities. But when I can, I still love to write here. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope all is well with you. Blessings, Vic

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