Pantry Essentials: Must-Have Items for your Kitchen

August 11, 2010

By: Kelly Goldthorpe

Whether you’re just starting out with your first kitchen or you’re stocking up in preparation for WWIII, there are some dry goods that you should always have on hand. These are commonly used items in the kitchen that you may not realize how much you use them. Nothing is worse than when you go to cook a recipe, assuming you have baking powder, and realize the shelf is empty! Below is a compilation of baking supplies, spices, canned goods, and other items that you shouldn’t be caught without!

  • Baking – Flour, sugar (white, brown, and confectioners), baking powder and soda, semi-sweet chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and shortening.
  • Spices and Herbs – Cinnamon, poppy seeds, basil, thyme, paprika, garlic, and, of course, salt and pepper.
  • Canned Veggies – Corn, tomatoes (sauce, paste, and whole), beans (kidney and black), canned fruits, soups, and ravioli.
  • Oils, Sauces, and Such – Vegetable oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Rachel Ray insists!), ketchup, mayonnaise, pasta sauce, honey, and salad dressings.
  • Food – Peanut butter, jelly, graham crackers, dry cereal, oatmeal, pasta (lasagna and spaghetti), bread crumbs, cake mix, popcorn, and rice.

This is a very short list, but it’s the essentials. Depending on the type of food you like you might want to include things like tortillas or different types of pasta. The items mentioned above can easily get you through a week and are usually needed in typical recipes. Of course you’ll add to your pantry as you cook and need additional ingredients. Just make sure you clean out your pantry semi-annually to check the freshness of your goods and see what you might need to restock.

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