What 3 items must you absolutely have in your kitchen, not counting salt, pepper

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  1. Debby Bruck profile image73
    Debby Bruckposted 5 years ago

    What 3 items must you absolutely have in your kitchen, not counting salt, pepper, etc. ?

    When cooking we all have our favorite ingredients and touches that we add to the recipe. We also tend toward preparing 'family' dishes. Can you tell us 3 must have items, besides salt, pepper, bread, butter, oil, milk, eggs and major staples that you would run out to the store because they were necessities?

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  2. moonfairy profile image79
    moonfairyposted 5 years ago

    hmmm. I guess I would have to say celery seed ( I use this alot!) worchestershire sauce and garlic.

    1. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Wow! You use celery seed too?! So, do I. And, yeah, garlic. couldn't live without that. Thanks for your 3 items.

  3. Goody5 profile image63
    Goody5posted 5 years ago

    Like you have pictured bread. Then bologna and mustard that are a must for any quick sandwich.

    1. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Goody. That's funny. An old fashioned mustard and bologna sandwich on white bread. Guess we don't need something exotic. However, you may choose one more item, because 'bread' is considered a staple in the food basket.

    2. Goody5 profile image63
      Goody5posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Okay then, throw in some American cheese to top the sandwich off  smile

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    JThomp42posted 5 years ago

    Hello Debby,
    That would have to be ham, cheese, and cereal. I could live on cereal. Plus ham and cheese sandwiches. I'm a bachelor, can you tell? LOL

    1. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Jeff ~ Your answers surprise me!  I did not know really what to expect. Next, someone will put "pop tarts" as their must have kitchen item for a recipe. I was surely thinking of a certain spice, fruit, vegetable or grain, etc. Turned tables on me.

    2. profile image0
      JThomp42posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry Debby. I might have misunderstood the question. smile

  5. vespawoolf profile image97
    vespawoolfposted 5 years ago

    Garlic, bananas and oatmeal. We don't eat them all together, of course.

    Just a funny story--three years ago we had a "state of emergency" here in Peru, a political upheaval. It wasn't safe to leave the house and our staples were running out. But the one item my husband was stressing about? The butter! He really can't live without it. :   )

    1. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Many thanks for sharing that story, Vespa. Three super items. True, I wouldn't put the garlic in with the bananas and oatmeal; but, I used to mash the bananas with oatmeal to feed the children when they were little. Blessings, Debby

    2. lupine profile image72
      lupineposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      These are 3 of my favorite to have available at all times.

    3. Shanti Perez profile image74
      Shanti Perezposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Over the summer I was eating kimchee noodles soup and there was a banana on the table. For some reason I craved the two together and so broke the banana into bite-sized pieces and put it in my soup. It was delicious! Somehow I knew it would be.

  6. LillyGrillzit profile image76
    LillyGrillzitposted 5 years ago

    Whole Garlic cloves, Buffalo Chipolte Hot Sauce, Jalapeno or Anaheim Peppers. In that order of importance.

    I use whole garlic, smashed and chopped, as a spice for food, but also as a part of my wellness agenda. The Buffalo Chipolte Hot Sauce is perfect for so many of the dishes I make, and the peppers are more of that spice / health routine.

    No black pepper for me, very little sea salt ( I have had one container over 3 years). This is an excellent question, and it is interesting to see the other answers.

    Thanks for spicing up this cold Christmas day.

    1. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Whew! That's hot, Lilly!

  7. peeples profile image93
    peeplesposted 5 years ago

    Tomatoes, Garlic, and any hot pepper. When it comes down to it you can make soups, sauces, salsa, and so much more with these 3. Add the basics and you can make countless meals.

    1. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Peeples! The votes for GARLIC keep coming in. Do we consider it a staple in the grocery market? Those who love hot and spicy foods must have their hot pepper. All this talk is making me hungry.

  8. BSloan profile image73
    BSloanposted 5 years ago

    My three items would have to be sazon (a latin spice mixture of garlic, paprika, parsley, onion, saffron, and pepper) which I use for all my cooking, raisin bread, and chocolate soy milk.

    1. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I'm learning that each culture has their preferences. Having a spice blend covers many items at once. I agree with you on the raisin 'cinnamon' bread, and the kids would love the chocolate milk. Wonderful choices!

  9. Sharkye11 profile image95
    Sharkye11posted 5 years ago

    Ground turkey, brown beans, and Cajun seasoning salt. We eat a lot of spicy beans!

    1. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hey, Thanks Sharkye - I think you've got a yummy meal simmering on the stove. Save me a seat. Blessings.

  10. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    Peanut butter, bread and bananas.  Good for snacks or a meal.

    1. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Duffsmom - Hahahah. You've chosen 3 items I might call "staple" in the market basket, but that's okay. The question and answer has been so much fun. A few others also posted bread and bananas, but you're the first mentioning peanut butter.

  11. lupine profile image72
    lupineposted 5 years ago

    This is a fun question. I would have to choose garlice of course, use it on almost everything. Then jalapeno or serrano salsa (that I make) and beans.

  12. ChitrangadaSharan profile image57
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 5 years ago

    Interesting question and equally interesting answers!
    I was going to write 'garlic', but since so many have already written...it's a must have, i think for everyone.
    My 3 items would be--
    1. Onions;
    2. Paneer or cottage cheese;
    3. Fresh  and dry fruits.

    1. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hello Chitrangada - I love your three choices. Onions and garlic always seem to go together. Round it out with dairy and fruit, you've got a meal!

  13. renegadetory profile image97
    renegadetoryposted 5 years ago

    Great question... I'd say canned diced tomatoes, carrots and celery or onions (it's a tie).

    1. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Renegade - Wonderful healthy choices. I'm going to have to read your Hub on alternatives to milk. I bet you're a fabulous "nutritious" health-minded cook.

  14. Novel Treasure profile image91
    Novel Treasureposted 5 years ago

    I have to jump on the garlic band wagon too... we love it in our family. I guess the other two would be..

    Tomatoes
    Cinnamon (we love to cook with it and it's good for you)

    1. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Garlic wins hands down. And cinnamon for heart health - Whooo hoo! Thanks Novel Treasure.

  15. lburmaster profile image82
    lburmasterposted 5 years ago

    Spices are not optional. I desperately need my soup, tea and spices. Always.

    1. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you dear Leah. We all need to spice up our life and dishes! Soothing soup for the tummy and yummy tea warms us on a cold winter day.

  16. Efficient Admin profile image92
    Efficient Adminposted 5 years ago

    I would have to say parmesan cheese, real lemon juice, and garlic.  The combination of these 3 ingredients give most dishes of vegetables, salads, and meats a nice pop.

    1. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Michelle ~ Lemons are high on my list, too. I usually have to run out to stock up to make lemon drink. Thanks for your excellent suggestions for meal preparation using your top 3 ingredients!

  17. janshares profile image94
    jansharesposted 5 years ago

    Besides the major staples? Garlic powder, low sodium seasonings, and olive oil.

    1. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hello Jan - Garlic seems to be turning up in all its forms as the number one choice, second to the spices to add flavor and who can live without olive oil?! I just bought a gallon 100% virgin cold pressed.

  18. ReneeDC1979 profile image60
    ReneeDC1979posted 5 years ago

    Tomato paste for my homeade spaghetti
    Emeril's meat seasoning
    Cereal - captain crunch or rice krispies

    1. lupine profile image72
      lupineposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      These sound good to me, I've already answered this question...it's hard to limit yourself to only 3.

    2. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Renee - A varied selection that will go far. Everyone has been having so much fun reviewing their personal kitchen necessities.

  19. Shanti Perez profile image74
    Shanti Perezposted 5 years ago

    Cumin, turmeric and garlic. Yum! I love cooking with raw spices and have forsaken the many commercially bottled sauces that were once dear to my heart for the fresh garlic and ginger paste, coriander chutney and the plethora of spices in Indian cooking which are also beneficial to health.

    1. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Dear Shanti ~ I was just cooking up dinner and thinking someone would write about turmeric! ESP. There you are. I wholeheartedly agree that FRESH is better! Thanks for contributing to this thread.

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    ExoticHippieQueenposted 5 years ago

    Fresh tomatoes, garlic powder or fresh garlic, olive oil.

    1. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Exotic Hippie - I'm feeling the Italian in the kitchen! Have a blessed day. Debby

  21. profile image50
    ieshab1posted 5 years ago

    Bread,peanutButter,and Ramen Noodles inchase the food went low you can make a couple of meals

  22. Moon Daisy profile image84
    Moon Daisyposted 5 years ago

    I'm definitely with lburmaster with the tea and spices.  I'd also say porridge (oatmeal).  I have to have that in the morning.  I add spices and eat with a cup of tea. smile

    1. Debby Bruck profile image73
      Debby Bruckposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Moon - The tea and porridge can help get you through the day. Do you mean spices to put in your tea or for cooking?

    2. Moon Daisy profile image84
      Moon Daisyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Debby,
      I add spices to my porridge. I use cinnamon and ginger powder, sometimes pepper too. It's lovely, and makes it extra warming, (especially good on winter mornings). I also  sometimes like adding spices to my tea. Chai tea is my favourite.

  23. Thelma Alberts profile image91
    Thelma Albertsposted 5 years ago

    Garlic, tomatoe paste and any kind of noodles.

 
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