Irish cuisine was greatly influenced by the English conquest of the 17th century (1). A great deal of the farming changed to grain and diverted to England. The majority of Irish citizens were poor and could only afford potatoes and whatever they could grow in their gardens. Sheep and beef were common but were luxury items to the poor. Offal, or organ meats, were a more affordable choice.
Traditional Irish cuisine is simple which makes it a perfect cuisine to dive into for beginner cooks. If you only know canned, boxed and frozen food, then you are a beginner cook, no matter your age. That was me five years ago.
Check out my list of favorite Irish Recipes.
Below are pantry items common to what you would find in an Irish kitchen. You can scroll to the bottom for a printable version of the pantry items.
Also included are common kitchen items I find useful in my own kitchen. This list will be super helpful if you are new to adulting or are a beginner cook.
Are you Irish? Do you have anything to add? Any fond memories involving the kitchen or cooking? Leave a comment below so that we all may learn.
Thinking about a trip to Ireland? Check out my article on Planning A Trip to Ireland!
Click below for a printable list of the Irish Pantry