I heard a rumor that some of you lovely readers want to know how to stock a low carb kitchen and what a sane / low carb / KETO pantry, ‘fridge and freezer look like. And, you want pictures. I can see how this could be a frightening prospect to some cooks, but I have what I like to think of as a tidy – albeit rather complicated – mind. I think my therapist may have another term for it, but let’s keep going with the tidy mind concept. My kitchen cupboards reflect this. Well, the tidy part at least. They are definitely not complicated. A little unorthodox, perhaps. Complicated, no.
You’ll notice I do not like packets very much. Or cans. Or boxes. I do like glass storage jars. Matching ones. It makes things remarkably easy to find; and let’s face it – we’d all rather I spend my time making up new recipes than scrabbling around trying to locate the flax seed or the dried cranberries. I admit I also have a bit of a thing for my labeling machine. I like to think that I’ll remember what all those different white powdery things are, but the reality is that labels make life much simpler, and I am all about a simpler life.
Writing this reminds me of the time my cousins from England showed up in Seattle, hungry from an Alaskan cruise. Yes, I realize that “Alaskan cruise” and “hungry” is a bit of an oxymoron, but I promise it’s a true story. They all piled into my kitchen looking for something to eat, then threw open every cupboard before exclaiming, “Where’s the food???!!” Which is a very interesting question when the contents of the cupboards look like this.
Because, as you can see – my cupboard is full of food. You know real food. Whole food. Food that used to live on a tree or a bush. I can only assume that they were looking for packets and boxes and cans filled with something else. Something that merely resembled food. Edible products. Sad.
My cousins also photographed my cutlery drawer, because they wanted to immortalize the fact that there was someone on planet earth who kept their cutlery drawer so ridiculously tidy. Another true story is that I once dated a man based on the tidiness of his cutlery drawer. Many, many years of therapy later, I no longer use that as a dating criteria. Oh. Wait. I no longer have a dating criteria – I haven’t dated in 9 years. I am certain that cats are so much easier than husbands and children. Hey, how we got from people wanting to know what my pantry looks like to my dating habits I am not entirely sure, but let’s get back to the food. It’s way more interesting.
Here’s a list of the things that I stock my kitchen with. Keeping these staples on hand makes it super-easy to rustle up a healthy meal or snack at a moments notice. The ones that are hyper-linked will take you to a page where they are explained more fully and tell you where you can get them if they are new to you.
I can’t stress enough how removing all the carbage out of your kitchen will help you *enormously* in getting and staying on track. When the munchies strike you’ll eat what’s there because getting up, getting dressed and driving to the store to get carbage is going to seem like a whole bunch of work that you don’t want to do. Be prepared and you’re half way there.
So here’s how to stock a low carb kitchen. Your life is about to get simpler and easier, as are your trips to the grocery store.
How to stock a low carb kitchen: Fridge
- Butter: salted / unsalted – read all about butter
- Cottage cheese
- Cheese – preferably imported from Europe (way better quality and not full of hormones or other things we were not intended to ingest)
- Cheese (unsweetened): Parmesan / mozzarella / ricotta / goats / feta – imported from Europe and check for starchy fillers in pre-shredded or pre-crumbled cheeses
- Cream cheese
- Greek yogurt
- Heavy (double) cream
- Sour cream
- BBQ Sauce – get the recipe!
- Fermented veggies
- Fish, smoked
- Flaxseed, ground
- Hemp seed, ground
- Hot and Nutty Cereal mix – get the recipe!
- Lemon juice
- Lemon curd – get the recipe!
- Lime juice
- Mayonnaise, unsweetened
- Meat: roast chicken and turkey slices / bacon / Trader Joe’s Pork Belly
- Milks, unsweetened: Coconut / almond / hemp / sunflower (in cartons)
- Nut butters: Almond / peanut
- Shirataki noodles
- Stocks: chicken / vegetable (clear)
- Veggies – read where to store your veggies
How to stock a low carb kitchen: Freezer
Nuts (I keep a jar in the kitchen and store the rest in the freezer to keep them fresh longer)
- Almonds: whole / blanched / slivered / flaked / flour (ground) / meal
- Pine nuts
Fruit / Vegetables
- Cauliflower, riced
- Mixed berries
Meat / Fish
- Beef: ground / steaks / fatty cuts – look for grass-fed
- Bison: ground / burgers / steaks
- Chicken: breasts / tenders / thighs – all skin-on
- Duck: thighs / breasts / whole – all skin-on
- Lamb: chops / ground / leg
- Pork: chops / bacon / bacon ends / belly
- Salmon: fillets / burgers
- Sausages: chicken / turkey / pork / beef – no fillers or grains
- Turkey: fillets / breast / ground / burgers
How to stock a low carb kitchen: Pantry
- Almond flour
- Almond meal
- Apricots, dried unsweetened
- Avocado oil
- Blueberries, dried unsweetened
- Chia seeds
- Cocoa nibs
- Cocoa powder, unsweetened
- Coconut cream, canned unsweetened
- Coconut flour, unsweetened
- Coconut oil
- Coconut oil spray
- Coconut, unsweetened – shredded, desiccated
- Cranberries, dried unsweetened
- Dried herbs
- Extracts: vanilla / peppermint / lemon / orange / almond / a bunch of others
- Flax seed meal
- Fish, canned: salmon, tuna, sardines, kippers, clams
- Green tea, bags
- Guar Gum
- Herbal teas: peppermint / whatever flavor floats your boat
- Jerky: beef / turkey / pork / bacon – check for sugar / carb content as many most?!) jerkys are loaded with them
- Konjac Flour (glucomannan powder)
- Olive oil, extra virgin
- Pork rinds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Spices: cinnamon / ginger / cloves / nutmeg / pumpkin pie spice / a bunch of others
- Sunflower seeds: raw / roasted
- Tomato sauce and paste – look for brands with no added sugar
- Vinegars – white wine / red wine / champagne / sherry
- Whey powder – vanilla / chocolate / strawberry
- Xanthan Gum
So there you have it – how to stock a low carb kitchen.