A Well-Stocked Pantry Simplifies Mealtime

Do you marvel at cooks who can throw together a complete meal at the drop of a hat? Do you wonder what their secret is? Chances are, it's a well-stocked pantry. Menu planning and meal preparation are easier when you have all the ingredients you need at your fingertips.

For many folks a pantry is strictly for storing dry and canned goods. But we've expanded that definition to create a "shortcut pantry" that includes convenient refrigerated and frozen foods, too.

Having these items on hand makes it simpler to put together quick meals because you can choose recipes that suit your timetable and your family's tastes.