Wednesday, January 17, 2018

75 Pantry Essentials Every Cook Needs


     Every cook needs a well-stocked kitchen and if you don't already have one, now is the perfect time to start working towards one.  With these items in your pantry, you should be able to whip up a tasty meal quickly.  Being well stocked is like having money in the bank; not only will it make meal time easier but it also makes cooking more enjoyable. 

      Just go through my list and take into account what you do and do not have on hand.  Once you have a list of what you need, just pick up those ingredients the next time you are at the store.  Don't see something you think I should have on hand but it is not listed then just leave me a comment.  I know I'd appreciate it.  Just remember that not every cook needs the same ingredients but at least my list will give you a good start. 

  1. Almond extract
  2. Apple cider vinegar
  3. Applesauce
  4. Baking Mix (similar to Bisquick:  Click the link to see how I made my Homemade Baking Mix)
  5. Baking Powder
  6. Baking Soda
  7. Barbecue Sauce (link to my Tangy Homemade BBQ Sauce)
  8. Beans: navy, kidney, great northern, pinto and black.  Not only are beans inexpensive but they are also a great source of protein and fiber.
  9. Beef broth
  10. Black pepper
  11. Bouillon (chicken and beef)
  12. Cereal
  13. Chicken & turkey broth  (link to my Homemade Turkey Stock)
  14. Chocolate: semi-sweet, dark, and milk chocolate)
  15. Cocoa powder, unsweetened
  16. Coconut oil
  17. Coffee: regular and decaf
  18. Cornmeal
  19. Cornstarch
  20. Crackers, saltine, club and graham crackers
  21. Cream of chicken soup & cream of mushroom soup
  22. Cream of tartar
  23. Dried fruits (raisins, pears, cranberries, blackberries, bananas, nectarines, pineapples, strawberries, and raspberries.
  24. Extra virgin olive oil
  25. Flour: all-purpose, self-rising and pastry flour
  26. Gelatin
  27. Gluten
  28. Gravy mix
  29. Grits
  30. Honey
  31. Hot Cocoa
  32. Hot sauce
  33. Instant potatoes
  34. Jelly & Jam (Links to some of my jelly/jam recipes: Corn Cob Jelly, Crab Apple Jelly, and Cherry Amaretto Jam.)
  35. Ketchup
  36. Malt-o-meal
  37. Maple Syrup
  38. Mayonnaise
  39. Milk: evaporate, powdered/instant, & sweetened condensed milk
  40. Molasses
  41. Mushrooms 
  42. Mustard
  43. Oatmeal: instant and old-fashioned oatmeal
  44. Olives: green and black olives
  45. Panko bread crumbs
  46. Onions, dehydrated
  47. Pasta: spaghetti noodles, lasagna noodles, egg noodles
  48. Pasta sauce (Homemade Spaghetti Sauce)
  49. Peanut butter
  50. Pickles: sweet, dill and relish (Link to my Sweet Pickle Relish)
  51. Pie Fillings (Canning Apple Pie Filling)
  52. Popcorn kernels
  53. Pork & beans
  54. Quinoa
  55. Red wine vinegar
  56. Rice: white, wild and brown rice
  57. Rice vinegar
  58. Salsa (Link to my Extra Hot Homemade Salsa)
  59. Salt: regular, seasoning salt & sea salt
  60. Shortening
  61. Soups: tomato, vegetable, and chicken noodle
  62. Soy sauce
  63. Spices: basil, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cinnamon (ground and whole sticks), cloves (ground and whole), cumin, garlic, ginger, nutmeg, oregano, paprika, parsley flakes, red pepper flakes, rosemary, sage, and thyme.
  64. Steak sauce (Link to my Homemade Steak Sauce)
  65. Taco Seasoning (Link to my Homemade Taco Seasoning)
  66. Tartar sauce
  67. Teriyaki sauce
  68. Tomatoes: paste, chopped, stewed and whole
  69. Tortillas
  70. Tuna
  71. Vanilla extract
  72. Vegetables, canned:  beets, carrots, corn, green beans, peas, and potatoes
  73. Vegetable oil
  74. Worcestershire sauce
  75. Yeast: regular and instant yeast
If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out:  35 of My Most Frugal Tips!

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  1. Melody, I sure am enjoying reading your past blogs..SO MUCH helpful information. God Bless you and your family, Karla

    1. Karla, thank you and may God bless you too. Very thankful that you are finding my posts helpful.


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