In Your Pantry

I have found that there are certain foods, spices, herbs, etc. that are REALLY important for cooking a well-rounded menu. If you are a novice to cooking or just starting out on your own, this list can help you get started.

StoveBelow is a list of those items that are *must* for my kitchen. You will need to add & subtract items that are important to you and those that aren’t. For example, I don’t like celery and won’t add it to anything but you might be a fan, so you might add it.

If you use food item quite a bit in the kitchen, leave me note and I’ll add it to this list with credit to you.


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Pantry Ingredients
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Bisquick baking mix
  • Cornstarch
  • Evaporated milk
  • Flour –
    All purpose is a must! Bread and self-rising are for baking
  • Pancake mix
  • Sugar -
    Brown and granulated sugars are standards in many recipes, powdered for baking
  • Pure vanilla extract -
    Nature vanilla is expensive, Mexican vanilla is strong
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Yeast
    Neccesary for many bread recipes.
  • Beans –
    refried, pinto, kidney
  • Peaches Broth –
    Beef, Chicken, & Vegetable
  • Condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • Pasta Sauce
    Spaghetti or Marinara
  • Pickles
    Used in many recipes: Any variety
  • Pizza sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomatoes –
    diced petite, whole
  • Tuna
  • Vegetables –
    green beans, corn, beets, carrots, peas
  • Barbecue sauce
  • HoneyHoney
  • Hot Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • JamMayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Pancake Syrup
  • Peanut butter
  • Preserves, Jelly & Jam
  • Salad dressing –
    Most Useful: Ranch, Italian
  • Soy sauce
  • Steak Sauce -
    Common Brands: A1, Heinz 57, Lea & Perrins
  • Worcestershire sauce
Grains & Pastas
  • HerbsBread crumbs -
    plain or Italian
  • Corn meal
  • Egg noodles
  • Elbow macaroni
  • Instant potatoes
  • Long grain rice
  • Long rod noodles -
    Common Types: spaghetti, angel hair, vermicelli
  • Ribbon noodles -
    Common Types: fettuccine, linguine
  • Saltines
Herbs, Spices & Dry Mixes
  • HerbsAu Jus mix packet
  • Bacon bits
  • Basil
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground Allspice
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Onion powder
  • Onion soup mix
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Parsley flakes
  • Pepper, black
  • Salt
  • Taco seasoning packet
Meat & Poultry
  • PigBacon
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Deli meats
    Either from deli case or prepackaged: ham, turkey
  • Ground meat
    Leaner cooks better: 85/15 or better
  • Pork Chops
  • Sausage links or patties
  • Whole Fryer Chicken
Apple Pie
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Fruit -
    Great for kids, great dessert ingrediants: Apples, Bananas, Peaches, Pears, Strawberries
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms -
    Use quickly, does not store long.
  • Onions
    Choose white or yellow for better taste: Walla Walla or Vidalia
  • Peppers –
    Adds taste & color to many recipes: Green, Yellow, Orange or Red
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
Oils & Vinegar
  • OilsCooking spray, Pam
  • Oil, canola or vegetable
  • Oil, olive
  • Vinegar, apple
  • Vinegar, white
  • Better Than Bouillon -
    Tastes much better than bouillon: beef, chicken
  • Butter or margarine -
    stick and tub
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Tortillas
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Stacy is the mother of 3, step-mom of 3 and grandparent of 3. She retired as a project manager for a environmental laboratory. In her spare time she volunteers with her daughter's high school band. She has been developing websites for over 15 years, both for herself and others. Cooking, sewing, reading and history are just a few of her passions. Reading about history is a double passion!

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