Surviving ECQ: Making the most out of pantry staples

Apr 6, 2020 | Live, Only Berlin

Making the most out of pantry staples

Many homemakers would surely agree.  The kitchen has never been busier now that everyone’s staying at home. The thing is, options have also been limited with the community quarantine in place.  With most of us stocking up on canned and instant food for their long shelf life and convenience, we’re not alone running out of ideas on how else to serve these pantry staples. 

The Maya Kitchen shares easy ways to jazz up what we have in our pantry.


Maya Hotcakes are great on their own, but there’s always room to introduce new flavors to this menu favorite. It’s easy enough to add in oats, fruits, peanut butter, or anything else you prefer. If you don’t want to go for sweet, here’s a tip: Get some onions and cheese and mix in leftover shredded roasted chicken or chopped square ham bits to your hotcake batter for something savory to start the day.

Tinned tuna

Budget-friendly and good for you, canned tuna presents many possibilities for everyday meals. Turn it into a spread to go with your breakfast toast or as the star of your salad. Make quick patties by adding breadcrumbs and onions, or get all the flavors you love about sisig by substituting canned tuna for an equally delicious dish without the cholesterol. Tip: Whip up a creamy tuna bake with Spanish-style canned tuna, fettuccine noodles, condensed cream of mushroom soup, and frozen mix vegetables. Top with saltine crackers and grated cheese, and pop in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

Making the most out of pantry staples

Making the most out of pantry staples

Canned sardines

A pantry regular, canned sardines are a good source of protein and a versatile ingredient. Add eggs to make torta, grab some spaghetti to whip up a quick pasta dish, or throw in misua or sotanghon for a hearty noodle soup. Cook with leftover rice for another take on your favorite sinangag, or sauté canned sardines with your preferred seasonings to serve on top of a steaming bowl of rice.

Instant noodles

Instant noodles are convenient and tasty, but nothing is stopping you from going beyond what it says in the packaging. One of the easiest ways to upgrade instant noodles is to use it with other ingredients or infuse it with different flavors. Enjoy your ramen by adding pork slices, eggs, nori, and miso paste to your instant noodles, or do a Thai-inspired stir fry by using peanut butter for your sauce. For a dish that’s closer to home, use your instant noodles to make bulalo or as the base to pancit canton

Hot dogs

A top pick for kids, hot dogs have long since established their place in our fridge. Saute with onions and banana ketchup (you can choose a spicy version for extra kick), or try a twist on lumpiang shanghai by swapping your usual filling with hot dogs and lots of gooey cheddar cheese. Add canned or bottled corn, beans, salsa, and peppers for a Tex-Mex-inspired hot dog dish, or serve as corndog bites for a fun, tasty snack.

Making the most out of pantry staples

Making the most out of pantry staples

Making the most out of pantry staples

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  1. Michelle Anne Tumulak

    Thankyou for sharing Momi Berlin madami na akong ideas kung amo yung pwede ko pang lutuin dito sa bahay

  2. EmiDiv

    What a delicious recipe you have described in this article, especially the noodles I like them.

  3. Norma

    Loved all the different foods you could create with simple ingredients that are in the nooks and crannies of your pantry.

  4. Ramil Hinolan

    We all need these variations to ordinary meals. Ha,ha,,ha, I am making those variations found on the canned sardines. I love to mix it with egg or miswa.

    • momi berlin

      Tried that as well and yes, love sardines with miswa and egg.

  5. Wendy

    Nagutom ako. This post is so well-written. Pwede ka na magfood blog

  6. Joanna

    I have been using a lot of the items that i have in my pantry to cook with, especially now that my country is in a total lockdown. I have been using tuna quite a lot, recently I’ve made tuna lasagna which was delicious.

    • Berlin

      Imagining your Tuna pasta and I bet it’s so delish

  7. Raquel Chiong

    Great insights. Thanks a lot

  8. Rose Ann Sales

    Great ideas, I’m actually lacking out of ideas on what to cook next because of my limited pantry. I will definiteoy try some of these.

  9. Julieta Salud

    try ko din to mukhang masarap po eh saka kakaiba

  10. amayszingblogs

    Wow I love this pantry staples idea I would love to try cooking different recipe using canned sardines and hot dogs thanks to this!

  11. Sudiip

    Those are some lovely mouth-watering recipes. Would love to try out in the lockdown period.

  12. Dan "Jay" Reyes

    I like your pantry staples as we have on our own pantry all the foods you mentioned here 🙂

  13. aisasami

    What a creative way to make meals with the supplies we already have in our pantries. I have to use some of these ideas in future meals!

  14. WanderlustBeautyDreams

    Such great recommendations. The tuna toast looks so good. I need to try out this week!

  15. Kevin Akidi

    I hate thinking of what to prepare especially with picky eaters at home. Every food just feels blunt now, these tips are really helpful.

  16. breezy24soccer

    Wow so creative. I love this pantry Staples idea. So nice. Thanks for sharing

  17. Nhet Mendoza

    Love it! Momsh, halos ganito din po yung ulam namin eh.


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