Here is a list of those items thatI already keep and intend tokeep in my pantry which more often or not are actually used in The Still Room area of the house but some of the items are used in both The Kitchen and The Still Room.
Beeswax - chat up your local beekeeper and make use of beeswax for making your own polishes and also for using as a thickener in home made ointments.
Honey - can be used as a sweetner in home made teas, and cooking and baking; as an antibiotic in its own right to help fight infections both colds and cuts and wounds.
Dried Rose Petals for teas and for decorating cakes, pot pourri and home made perfumes.
Dried Violets for decorating iced cakes and for incorporating within ice cream, pot pourris.
Dried Linden Leaves for use in tea
Dried Pot Marigold leaves - poor mans saffron, broth posies,used in rice; a conserve can be made with fresh petals. Marigold is extremely soothing and can be used in home made salves and creams to help inflamed skin such as excema and also as a wash when a child has chicken pox or measles.
Beech leaves use fresh; beech leaf liqueur
Dried Chammomile; for lightning hair, used in a tea as it has mildly sedative qualities. Also can be used in pot pourris
Dried Mint used as a tea
Dried Nettles used as a tea,
Dried Elderflowers can be used to make wine, used in home made bodycare products including hand creams. Also can be used to flavour sugar
Dried Hibiscus Flowers/Sorrell, teas and jellies
Dried Lavender can be used to flavour sugar, in pot pourris, lavender sachets/bags, cordials
Dried mixed flower petals for pot pourri
Crystallised flowers i.e. primroses, violets rose petals
Angelica candied and preserved to decorate cakes. Macerated in spirit to make a liqueur with a difference.
Ginger - dried and/or fresh used to flavour foods; can be stored in sherry to keep long term and the liquid used in stir fries; candied to make stem ginger in syrup, dried to use in cake mixtures and home made chinese meals.
Dried Rosehips to be used in wines and also for rosehip syrup, jams and jellies
Dried Mushrooms for winter casseroles/ fresh mushrooms for Duxelles
Dried lemon and orange slices for use in pot pourri or home made garlands
Carragheen as a setting agent for jellies
Dried Parsley for use in sauces like parsley sauce
Dried Sage used throughout cooking and also for making home made sage and onion stuffing
Dried Rosemary for roasting lamb, and also home made bread mixes.
Dried Apples for chopping into cakes and macerating in spirit to make home made liqueurs
Dried Chillies for use in general cooking; decorating garlands and for giving to friends as a pressie
Dried Blueberries for use within cakes and/stews casseroles
Dried Celery Leaf for use in soups
Dried Tomatoes for soaking in oil (they have a far richer flavour) and for chopping into dips
Home Made Soaps with natural oils
Home Made Lavender Bags as repellant to insects and for making the bedroom drawers and cupboards smell heavenly
Lavender Bottles to do the same job only they are interwoven with ribbon and free form you weave them in to make their own container
Lavender Cones Gluing in heads of lavender onto a large pine cone and using it to scent a room/wardrobe
Home Made Tinctures
Home Made Oils - a new area and worth experimenting with
Home Made Syrups/Sauce Dressings - yet again a new area.
These are just a few ideas to date - no doubt I will think of more as time goes on.
Do any of you do anything similar would love to hear from you.