The Cooking Bride's Guide to

Stocking a Pantry

Having a well-stocked pantry may take a little time and money initially, but in the long run it is well-worth the investment.  It saves time because you don’t have to run to the store every time you need one little ingredient.  It saves money because you can stock up on your frequently used items when they go on sale.  It also prevents meal-time stress because, with a well-stocked pantry, you can typically throw a meal together using ingredients you already have on hand.

Below is a list of items I use most often and try to keep on hand at all times.  I have also included a handy print-friendly list to take with you to the store or to pin so you remember where you found it.

Guide to Stocking a Pantry

 

This is not a definitive list.  Please don’t go out and buy every single item on this list if you don’t need it.  You will not save any money if you end up throwing away items you don’t use.  Many of these items have a shelf life. For instance, spices can last anywhere from 1-3 years, while more perishable items like milk are good for 1-2 weeks if kept refrigerated.  The more you cook, the more you will learn what items you use the most and need to keep on hand.

Baking

All-purpose flour
Almond extract
Baking powder
Baking soda
Brown sugar
Chocolate chips (milk and semi-sweet)
Cocoa powder
Molasses
Nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds)
Powdered (confectioners’) sugar
Shortening
Sugar, granulated
Vanilla extract

Seasonings

Basil, dried
Bay leaf
Cinnamon, ground
Cinnamon, sticks
Chicken/beef bouillon cubes or granules
Chili powder
Cloves, whole
Cooking spray
Cooking wine or dry sherry
Cornstarch
Cumin, ground
Garlic powder
Italian seasoning
Hot sauce
Kosher salt
Nutmeg, ground
Onion powder
Oregano, dried
Paprika
Parsley, dried
Pepper, ground black
Red pepper flakes
Salt, iodized table
Seasoned salt
Thyme, dried

Vinegar and Oils

Balsamic vinegar
Cider vinegar
Olive Oil
Sesame oil
Vegetable or Canola oil
White vinegar

Refrigerator

Barbeque sauce
Butter, unsalted
Cheddar cheese, shredded
Eggs
Jelly, Jam, or Preserves
Ketchup
Margarine
Mayonnaise
Milk
Mozzarella, shredded
Mustard, Dijon
Mustard, yellow
Parmesan cheese
Salsa
Sour cream

In the pantry

Bread
Breadcrumbs
Chicken/beef broth or stock
Cream of chicken soup
Cream of mushroom soup
Coffee
Honey
Peanut butter
Soy sauce
Tomatoes, canned diced
Tomato paste
Tomato sauce
Rice
Worcestershire sauce

Produce

Carrots
Celery
Garlic
Onions

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