I cook almost everything from scratch. I very rarely use processed foods, or items that are already prepared, since I always find these are not as tasty and usually contain a bunch of preservatives and unnecessary if not unhealthy ingredients. I also try to eat organic as much as possible. Last week I stumbled on this post from the Nourished Kitchen: Stocking a traditional foods pantry: what to buy, where to buy it and how to use it This blog post is really interesting and enlightening. It is all-inclusive and I love the fact they tell you how you can use the ingredients listed. I think if you are looking to eat fresh and healthy from your pantry, this is a great article to read.