Basic Food Items to Stock

Pantry:

  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Shortening
  • Cornstarch
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Rolled Oats
  • Coconut
  • Honey
  • Two Varieties of Nuts
  • Real Chocolate Chips
  • Cocoa
  • vanilla
  • Yeast (If you're into bread making)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Chicken Stock
  • Tomato Paste
  • Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • Sundried Tomatoes (optional)
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Long Grain Rice or Converted Rice
  • 2 Kinds of Pasta Noodles
  • Canned Black Beans, Kidney Beans, White Beans, Garbanzo Beans
  • Canned Kidney Beans

Spices:

  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Dried Basil
  • Dried Oregano Leaves
  • Rosemary
  • Dried Thyme Leaves
  • Bay Leaves
  • Black Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Cumin
  • Chili Powder

Dairy:

  • Milk
  • Butter or Real Margarine
  • Eggs
  • Sour Cream
  • Whipping Cream
  • Buttermilk (optional)
  • Cheese: Cheddar, Jack or Mozzarella
  • Flavorful (tangy) cheese
  • Tortillas

Miscellaneous Sauces:

  • Salsa
  • Worcestershire
  • Soy Sauce
  • Tabasco
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Green Olives, Black Olives

Fruits and Vegetables:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Ginger (optional)
  • Russet Potatoes
  • Red Potatoes
  • Red/Green Peppers
  • Green Onions, or a red onion
  • Lemons/Oranges
  • Apples
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Cilantro
  • Include one additional fresh vegetable and fruit weekly.

Cooking Utensils:

  • Chefs Knife
  • Paring Knife
  • Cookie Sheets (or called baking sheets)
  • 9x13 Pan
  • 9x9 Pan
  • Loaf Pan
  • Mixing Bowl Set
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Griddle Spatula
  • Saute Pan
  • Quart Pans
  • 2 Cutting Boards
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Whisk
  • Citrus Reamer
  • Grater
  • Microplane
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Garlic Press

Miscellaneous:

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Baggies

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Stocking your Basic Pantry

Stocking Your Basic Pantry

This is what eliminates or greatly reduces those last minute trips to the store