Thermomix pantry items

Many people ask what is needed in the pantry to start cooking up a Thermomix storm!

It really depends on what you like to cook, but here are some staples that I like to have on hand:

(* items can be found at health or specialty store; pink items are cheap to buy online: click on link to see where).

Baking ingredients

  • Agar Agar (vegetarian gelatine)*
  • Baking powder (aluminium-free)
  • Baking soda (bi-carb soda)
  • Coconut (non-sweetened!)*
  • Dark chocolate (70%)
  • Dry yeast
  • Raw cacao powder* (I use in place of cocoa powder. Read why)
  • Xanthan gum (used in gluten-free baking)
  • Vanilla beans / vanilla paste

Dried fruit

  • Apricots
  • Cranberries
  • Dates (Medjool)
  • Goji berries
  • Sultanas

Flours, grains and starches

  • Aborio rice (for risotto)
  • Bakers flour (must-have for bread)
  • Basmati rice
  • Brown rice (Australian)
  • Cornflour
  • Oats (rolled)
  • Plain flour
  • Spelt grain* (mill to make spelt flour – I use spelt instead of wheat where possible . Read why)
  • Tapioca starch (used in gluten-free baking)*
  • White rice

Legumes, nuts and seeds

  • Almonds (raw/natural)
  • Cannelloni beans
  • Cashews (raw/natural)
  • Chia seeds
  • Chickpeas
  • Flaxseed (meal)
  • Lentils
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • Pine nuts
  • Quinoa
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Walnuts

Noodles and pasta

  • Pasta (fettucine, lasagne, penne, spirals – used occasionally but handy to have!)
  • Rice noodles
  • Slim pasta (texture more like noodles than pasta – gluten free)
  • Spelt spaghetti

Oils

  • Coconut oil
  • Macadamia oil (for baking where I don’t want the taste of coconut oil)
  • Olive oil (for sauteeing)
  • Rice bran oil (for shallow frying)
  • Sesame oil

Sauces and pastes

  • Chilli sauce
  • Fish sauce
  • Shrimp paste
  • Tomato paste
  • Tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)*

Spices

  • Bay leaves
  • Chilli flakes
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Curry powder
  • Ginger
  • Italian herbs
  • Nutmeg
  • Paprika
  • Pepper
  • Unrefined salt*(Read why)
  • Seaweed flakes*

Sweeteners

Tinned items

  • Coconut cream
  • Coconut milk
  • Tomatoes

Vinegars

  • Apple cider
  • Balsamic
  • Red wine
  • White (buy a big, cheap bottle for your vinegar cleans)

Right, now where do I buy all this stuff?!

Most of these items can be bought from the supermarket. As mentioned in the beginning, items not found at the supermarket (*) can be bought from a health or specialty food store.

I’ve been to a few stores around the traps and the following seem to have everything under one roof:

  • Alive Organics (Morley)
  • Loose Produce (Como)
  • Manna Wholefoods (Freo)  Conventional and organic bulk/fresh food. While you’re there you can have lunch or a liquid refreshment (coffee, fresh smoothies) at their amazing cafe. Their salads are the bomb!
  • Swansea Markets (East Vic Park) – mostly conventional produce but fantastic range of bulk and packaged goods.

I encourage you to check out the online stores that I’ve linked to. I’ve found them to be pretty cheap and with a “baby on board” home delivery is most welcome. 2Brothers Foods Online is actually located in Perth so your order will be on your doorstep in 2 days. Super handy! In addition to all this are Perth co-ops. There is one called G Collective (south of the river) and I believe one north of the river too (not sure of the name).

Happy shopping 🙂

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