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)
red wine vinegar
potatoes (I prefer red bliss)
pasta(linguini and ziti)
canned whole tomatoes and chopped tomatoes
canned beans (kidney beans, chickpeas, etc.)
Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Bars (2)
frozen fruit (I love having blueberries on hand)
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:
whole roasting chicken