How to Prep Your Pantry for Baking Season
There’s nothing like a little recipe inspiration to get you excited for baking season! You might have some tried and true favorites you make each year, but it’s also fun to find new recipes to try. We recommend picking and printing out 5-6 new recipes to bake over the holidays. Not sure where to look? We have over 400 recipes on the Swerve website, and we also love to browse Pinterest, Bon Appetit, Delish, Southern Living, All Day I Dream About Food, and Desserts with Benefits for drool-worthy recipe ideas!
This may seem drastic but stick with us - take out everything in your pantry (yes, everything!) and place it on your kitchen table or counter. By taking everything out of your pantry, you can clearly go through your items to see what you have on hand, what you need to purchase, and what you need to toss. It also lets you get an idea of how to organize the items in your pantry.
Once you have everything out, check expiration dates and do the sniff test - if it looks and smells fine and you know you’ll use it, then keep it. Expiration dates have some leeway, and this helps reduce food waste AND save you money.
On the other hand, you might have some opened items or really expired items that you need to toss. The same goes for one-time ingredients you just know you won’t use again. You’ll probably want to replace your baking soda and powder too, since they can lose their leavening properties once they are past their prime.
Stock Up on Staples
Now that you’ve cleaned out your pantry, it’s time to determine what you need to re-stock. Everyone will have different pantry staples, but here is a good list to get you started:
- Granular Swerve
- Confectioners Swerve
- Brown Swerve
- Swerve Sweets Bake Mixes
- Flour (all-purpose, whole wheat or pastry)
- Almond flour
- Coconut flour
- Collagen Peptides
- Tapioca Starch
- Xanthan Gum
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Cream of tartar
- Cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- Chocolate (chips, unsweetened bar)
- Vanilla extract (the more the better!)
- Almond extract
- Almond Milk
- Oil (coconut, avocado, vegetable)
- Peanut & Almond Butter
- Nuts (almonds, pecans, etc)
- Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves)
Using your list of pantry staples, take inventory of what you have on hand. Reference the recipes you plan to make over the next three months to guesstimate amounts. Once you determine what you need to buy, head to your favorite grocery store and stock up for baking season!
Now that your pantry has been refreshed and restocked, it’s the perfect opportunity to organize! We love using large clear plastic containers at Swerve HQ to keep ingredients like flours, oats, chocolate, and nuts fresh and easy to find. Just make sure to label and date everything you put into new containers. You can also use a lazy susan for smaller items like spices if you are limited on space. And don’t forget about FIFO - first in first out. This means placing older items in front of new, unopened items.
More than anything, it’s about having fun, so prep your pantry and jump into baking season! Let us know in the comments below if you have any more ideas or tips for getting ready for the holidays. And be sure the check out some of our recipe rounds ups for recipe inspiration. Happy baking season!