10 Must-have Pantry Staples


Canned Tomatoes

You'd be hard pressed to name a cuisine that doesn't utilize tomatoes in some way. It's the most versatile item from the garden and nothing beats the taste of a freshly picked tomato. But if you want year round tomatoes, lucky for you there are a variety you can get in a can. Your best bet is to keep on hand a mix of diced, crushed and whole tomatoes for a range of dishes. Of course, any of these will work if you have a cutting board and a knife, but it's handy to just dump it straight from the can into the pot. This is one pantry staple you can't live without.

Did you know? Cooked tomatoes are better for you than raw tomatoes because the heat increases the levels of antioxidants.

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