As you can tell, I’ve recently ‘lost’ a child to the big bad world of growing up and have been trying to find reasonable ways to make her life away from home comfortable. Sharing our journey also gives me a way to connect with her while giving her some space. So today we tackle stocking the pantry.
No, not HGTV style as above, by that I really mean, finding nonperishable food that is satisfying, healthy, and can be stored in a drawer or on a bookshelf. Or if you are a bit fancier the Raskog cart. You can keep the above image in mind for your first apartment!
The food group I find the most lacking at school is the protein. The cafeteria fish I saw at orientation haunts me to this day! I suspect it may not be the only meat offered of such ‘fine’ caliber. While pizza may be a college staple, it can take you only so far. For protein rich foods for the mini fringe see the post on stocking the dorm room fridge earlier this week by clicking on the link.
I love peanut butter in the dorms as it is easy to store and oddly satisfying when you are starving. It harkens me back to skiing trips with my sisters and other budget friendly vacations of our youth. It is great on apple slices, with bagels for breakfast, in sandwiches, or straight off the spoon.
Nuts are another go to food. They store well, taste good, can be sprinkled on salads, added to vegetables for crunch, or enjoyed plain as a snack. Some of my favorites are pistachios, almonds, cashews, and of course peanuts. Seeds such as sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds also fall into this category.
The girls have also recently discovered roasted chickpeas. While they don’t like them cooked or from a can like we had growing up, they seem to enjoy them this way. Who would have thought, but they are pretty good.
While it’s hard to think ahead to winter, a few cans of soup are nice to have on hand. Just don’t forget the can opener!
While I must admit I’ve never actually tried beef jerky, the nutrition label shows a high protein content, and as our fifth grade studies of Native Americans show, it is really, really nonperishable.
|Serving Size||1 oz|
|Ingredients: Beef (made from solid pieces of Beef), Soy Sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt, wine, sugar, vinegar, spices, onion powder, succinic acid, garlic powder, sodium benzoate: less than 1/10th of 1%), Brown Sugar, Spices|
If you are so inclined, K cups (if allowed), tea bags, and hot chocolate mix round out the barter.
In times of Emergency, i.e. I spent too much money this month, Ramen noodles may save the day. However, please keep in mind, they are deep fried to preserve shelf life, have way more calories than they taste like, and have virtually no nutrition unless you count, fat, salt, and BPA as part of your nutritional requirements. So spare your self and just enjoy a candy bar for your next emergency. They may cost more than the 18cents ramen do, but they are BPA free.
Items to make the most use of the limited food storage space you have…
Below are some of our recent finds, if you are interested in a particular item, there is an embedded link in each picture below to make it convenient for you to click on the item and order to be sent directly to your coeds dorm room!
Feature image from MrsMeyers, HGTV, pinterest. peanutbutterlovers, small footprint family, sugarfreemom,cooking light, huffingonpost, mountainamerianjerky, DrOz, utube, whatgabycooking, organic facts,