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Have you ever realized you’re out of sugar while you’re in the middle of making cookies? Basic pantry items that rarely need to be restocked are often taken for granted. If the neighbors aren’t your best buds, then you may find yourself running to the grocery store mid-cookie baking.

Making a separate ‘reverse’ grocery list for those often forgotten pantry items may save you from frustrating situations. First, take a look in your pantry and in your refrigerator. Decide what items typically only need to be replenished a few times a year and add them to a shopping list labeled ‘staple items’. A few basics that make it to most lists are baking powder, vanilla extract, flour, pasta, olive oil, and butter.

Chances are your list of ‘basics’ will be pretty lengthy, making it hard to keep track of. Luckily, Key Ring is always handy and in your back pocket so you never need to worry about losing an extremely long piece of paper. Check items off of your list right when you notice they are running low. For example, if you just noticed the baking powder is coming down to the last few teaspoons, check it off your basics list. Baking powder may not be something needed right now, but it will be good to know whether or not you have it. Before you begin planning a meal, you can quickly look at the list of available basics stocked in your pantry. Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to wonder if you have vanilla extract after making a last minute decision to bake cookies? It’s the simple things in life that make us feel more organized. Happy ‘reverse’ grocery list making!

Bonus Tip: Make sure to check the expiration date on your spices so you know your dishes are getting the best flavor.

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