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
- agave syrup
- almond butter
- almond extract
- Asian fish sauce
- baking powder
- baking soda
- bbq sauce
- beans: cannellini, navy, kidney, chickpeas or black
- beef broth
- black peppercorns
- breadcrumbs: plain or panko
- breakfast cereal
- canned fruits
- canned salmon
- canned tuna fish
- canned vegetables
- chicken broth
- chocolate (semi-sweet, dark, & cocoa)
- coffee (regular & decaf)
- crackers – graham, saltine, club
- cream of mushroom soup
- cream of tartar
- dried beans (various types)
- dried fruits – raisins, dates, cranberries, apricots, cherries
- flour – all-purpose, whole wheat, pastry
- grains: bulgur, quinoa, couscous
- granulated garlic
- dried herbs – bay leaves, caraway seeds, rosemary, dill seed, basil, cilantro, oregano, sage, thyme, fennel seed
- jelly, jam or preserves
- Kosher salt
- maple syrup
- milk – evaporated, powdered buttermilk, sweetened condensed
- mustard (regular & Dijon)
- nuts – peanuts, pecans, walnuts
- oatmeal – instant, old-fashioned, steel-cut
- oil – extra virgin olive, coconut, vegetable
- olives (green & black)
- pasta – angel hair, egg noodles, fettuccine, lasagna, linguine, penne, spaghetti
- peanut butter
- pickles (sweet, dill & relish)
- pork & beans
- rice – brown, white, wild
- roasted red peppers
- salad dressing
- salt (regular & sea)
- seeds: sunflower, flax, chia, hemp, sesame
- soy sauce or tamari
- 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
- sugar – brown, powdered, white
- Tabasco or hot sauce
- tea (various types)
- Teriyaki sauce
- tomato soup
- tomatoes canned – paste, chopped, stewed, sauce whole
- vanilla beans, extract
- vegetable shortening
- vegetables canned – hominy, corn, carrots, green beans, beets
- vinegar – apple cider, balsamic, raspberry, red, white, rice
- Worcestershire sauce
- 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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