Are you working towards a well-stocked pantry?

Spending time in the kitchen is so much more enjoyable if you have all the pantry staples you need at your fingertips. Making sure you have a well-stocked pantry will make whipping up a healthy meal for your family quick and easy.

The list of pantry staples I keep on hand are the essential ingredients that I most often use. Most of my items are relatively inexpensive and have a long shelf life.  My list of go-to recipes have changed over the years as my family’s likes and dislikes have changed, but this list has pretty much stayed the same.

Take a few minutes this week to take inventory of your pantry. Every couple of weeks I take 30 minutes to organize and tidy up my pantry shelves.  I make a mental note of what’s running low and what may need to be replaced. Once you build up your pantry staples, it will be easy to pull a meal together in no time.

Years ago, I found this pantry list in a magazine and cut it out and taped it to the inside of my pantry door.  I take it with me whenever we move and have re-typed it a number of times to add a few of my own personal additions.

Pantry Staples Inventory List

  1. agave syrup
  2. almond butter
  3. almond extract
  4. applesauce
  5. Asian fish sauce
  6. baking powder
  7. baking soda
  8. bbq sauce
  9. beans: cannellini, navy, kidney, chickpeas or black
  10. beef broth
  11. black peppercorns
  12. breadcrumbs: plain or panko
  13. breakfast cereal
  14. canned fruits
  15. canned salmon
  16. canned tuna fish
  17. canned vegetables
  18. cherries
  19. chicken broth
  20. chocolate (semi-sweet, dark, & cocoa)
  21. clams
  22. coffee (regular & decaf)
  23. cornmeal
  24. cornstarch
  25. crackers – graham, saltine, club
  26. cream of mushroom soup
  27. cream of tartar
  28. dried beans (various types)
  29. dried fruits – raisins, dates, cranberries, apricots, cherries
  30. flour – all-purpose, whole wheat, pastry
  31. gelatin
  32. grains: bulgur, quinoa, couscous
  33. granulated garlic
  34. grits
  35. dried herbs – bay leaves, caraway seeds, rosemary, dill seed, basil, cilantro, oregano, sage, thyme, fennel seed
  36. honey
  37. horseradish
  38. jelly, jam or preserves
  39. ketchup
  40. Kosher salt
  41. maple syrup
  42. marshmallows
  43. mayonnaise
  44. milk – evaporated, powdered buttermilk, sweetened condensed
  45. molasses
  46. mushrooms
  47. mustard (regular & Dijon)
  48. nuts – peanuts, pecans, walnuts
  49. oatmeal – instant, old-fashioned, steel-cut
  50. oil – extra virgin olive, coconut, vegetable
  51. olives (green & black)
  52. pasta – angel hair, egg noodles, fettuccine, lasagna, linguine, penne, spaghetti
  53. peanut butter
  54. pickles (sweet, dill & relish)
  55. pork & beans
  56. rice – brown, white, wild
  57. roasted red peppers
  58. salad dressing
  59. salsa
  60. salt (regular & sea)
  61. seeds: sunflower, flax, chia, hemp, sesame
  62. soy sauce or tamari
  63. spice – Cajun, cayenne pepper, chili powder, coriander, cumin, curry powder, dried mustard, ground cardamom, ginger, ground mace, nutmeg, paprika, peppercorns, poppy seeds, red pepper flakes, turmeric, cinnamon (ground & whole sticks), cloves (ground & whole), allspice
  64. sugar – brown, powdered, white
  65. Tabasco or hot sauce
  66. tea (various types)
  67. Teriyaki sauce
  68. tomato soup
  69. tomatoes canned – paste, chopped, stewed, sauce whole
  70. vanilla beans, extract
  71. vegetable shortening
  72. vegetables canned – hominy, corn, carrots, green beans, beets
  73. vinegar – apple cider, balsamic, raspberry, red, white, rice
  74. Worcestershire sauce
  75. yeast (regular or instant)

Having a well-stocked pantry can make cooking a joy.  

My pantry staples list may not look like yours, but it is a good place for you to start and add those items that make your pantry yours.

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