We’ve spent the last few weeks going over some of the basics when it comes to cooking and the supplies you use. Now let’s make sure you have a well-stocked pantry before you start cooking and realize you are out of essential foods.
This is an extensive list, but it’s assuming you are working with an empty pantry. It can also be used as a checklist to make sure you have the basics. These are the foods that I make sure to never run out of. As soon as they start to get low, they immediately go on the shopping list.
Since this list is all pantry items, they are mostly foods that have a pretty long shelf-life. Trust me, one container of baking soda will last a long time. I’ve only bought it a few times in the last few years.
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Brown sugar
- Canned beans (pinto, black, refried)
- Chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
- Cider or white vinegar
- Cocoa powder
- Dry milk
- Granulated sugar
- Maple syrup
- Olive oil
- Peanut butter
- Powdered sugar
- Tomato sauce, paste, and canned tomatoes
- Vanilla extract
- Vegetable oil
To help keep all of your staples lasting longer, it helps to make sure they are in airtight containers. Obviously, anything that’s canned is already airtight as long as it isn’t opened yet. But once you open something, you want to make sure it’s sealed well so it doesn’t go bad before you can use it.
I prefer to transfer everything to containers as soon as I get it home. I’ve even started putting the flour and sugar into them right away. A few years ago we ended up getting bugs in the pantry once and they got into everything that wasn’t airtight, including the bags that the flour and sugar are packaged in.
The airtight containers can get expensive if you try to purchase all at once, so I got one new set every time I went to the store until I had what I wanted. I am still short a few pieces, but the store stopped carrying the ones I use and I haven’t ordered any online yet.
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