Pantry Staples



When my husband and I moved into our first place and looked at our empty kitchen, I was completely overwhelmed. I didn't know where to begin. Without a recipe collection to work with and no idea how to "whip up" a meal that would be worth eating, I didn't know how to begin stocking our pantry.

I remember going onto the Food Network website and searching "pantry" and "grocery list", hoping to find a list of recommended items a good cook should always have on hand. Unfortunately, I couldn't find one. I had to learn the hard way... through months of trial and tribulation!

In this page I thought I'd compile a pantry list that I've learned are some necessary items to always have on hand. Hopefully my research will come in handy for other new cooks that are starting out just as I did.

Hope you find this a helpful guide!

(Printable Pantry Staples Shopping List)

Pantry/Refrigerator:
Olive oil
red wine vinegar
balsamic vinegar
soy sauce
spicy mustard
ketchup
mayo
salt
pepper
paprika
garlic powder
dried rosemary
dried thyme
dried sage
potatoes (I prefer red bliss)
rice
pasta(linguini and ziti)
bread crumbs
onion
garlic
lettuce
carrots
lemons
dried cherries
parmesan cheese
mozzarella cheese
chicken broth
canned whole tomatoes and chopped tomatoes
canned beans (kidney beans, chickpeas, etc.)
fresh parsley
fresh basil
capers
sundried tomatoes


Baking Essentials:
vegetable oil
sugar
brown sugar
confectioners sugar
flour
baking powder
baking soda
eggs
butter
vanilla extract
chocolate chips
cocoa powder
walnuts
Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Bars (2)
frozen fruit (I love having blueberries on hand)

Versatile Proteins:
I buy at least 2 proteins a week when I go to the grocery store.  Great versatile proteins that can be used in multiple recipes are:
chicken breasts
ground beef
shrimp
fresh fish
whole roasting chicken

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