Pantry Basics

A WELL-STOCKED PANTRY provides all the makings for a good meal. With the right ingredients, you can quickly create a variety of satisfying, delicious meals for family and guests. Keeping these items in stock also means voiding extra trips to the grocery store, saving you time and money. Although everyone’s pantry is different, there are basic items you should always have. Add other items according to your family’s needs. For example while some families consider chips, cereals and snacks as a must-have, others can’t be without feta cheese and imported olives. Use these basic pantry suggestions as a handy reference list when creating your grocer list. Don’t forget to refrigerated items like milk, eggs, cheese and butter.

STAPLES:

  • Baker’s chocolate
  • Baking powder
  • Baking  soda
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Bread crumbs (plain or seasoned)
  • Chocolate chips
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cornmeal
  • Cornstarch
  • Crackers
  • Flour
  • Honey
  • Ketchup
  • Lemon juice
  • Mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts)
  • Oatmeal
  • Oil (olive, canola, vegetable)
  • Pancake mix
  • Pancake syrup
  • Peanut butter
  • Shortening
  • Sugar (granulated, brown, powdered
  • Vinegar

 

PACKAGED/CANNED FOODS :

  • Beans (canned, dry)
  • Broth (beef, chicken)
  • Cake mixes with frosting
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned mushrooms
  • Canned soup
  • Canned tomato paste & sauce
  • Canned tuna & chicken
  • Cereal
  • Dried soup mix
  • Gelatin (flavored or plain
  • Gravies
  • Jarred Salsa
  • Milk (evaporated, sweetened condensed)
  • Non-fat dry milk
  • Pastas
  • Rice (brown, white)
  • Spaghetti sause

SPICES/SEASONINGS:

  • Basil
  • Bay leaves
  • Black pepper
  • Bouillon cubes (beef, chicken)
  • Chives
  • Chili powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Mustard (dried, prepared)
  • Garlic (powder, salt)
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Onion (powder, salt)
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Salt
  • Soy sauce
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Vanilla
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Yeast

Additional Items:

Note: the items below are healthful to keep on hand, but will not keep a very long time, so consider how much you stock.

  • Flax Seed (milled)
  • Wheat (raw or toasted)
  • Wheat Germ (raw of toasted)