Keeping your pantry stocked with ingredients you will use on a regular basis makes cooking from scratch easy and convenient. After the initial cash outlay for items like a bottle of apple cider vinegar or olive oil, you will be ready, after shopping for main ingredients, to whip up your favorite creations.
Here are the suggested minimum staples we recommend for your home pantry. (Depending on what you like, what your dietary restrictions are, and what your family traditions are, your pantry list may look very different from this, but this is a good place to start.)
Balsamic, apple cider, red wine, white wine
Oils and Fats
Coconut oil, extra virgin olive, butter, cooking oil spray
Maple syrup, honey, cane sugar
Dijon mustard, soy sauce, fish sauce, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise, salsa, miso
All-purpose flour, whole wheat pastry flour, cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla
Garlic, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash (in season)
Diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, marinara sauce, beans, coconut milk, tuna/salmon
Eggs, variety of cheeses including Parmesan, cheddar, Swiss, etc, fresh lemons, fresh ginger root, celery, carrots, plain yogurt, nuts and seeds.
Nuts and seeds
A variety such as almonds, sesame seeds, walnuts, pecans, etc.
Beans and legumes
A variety such as garbanzos, green and red lentils, red beans, black beans, pinto beans, etc.
A variety such as quinoa, rice, oats, barley, wild rice,
Peanut butter, almond butter, tahini
A variety including macaroni, spaghetti, fettuccine, egg noodles, rice noodles, etc.
Vegetables, fruits, tortillas
Arrowroot powder, cornstarch, breadcrumbs, vegetable and/or meat broth
Sea salt and whole black peppercorns
Herbs and spices
Garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, chili powder, ginger, oregano, dill, cumin, curry powder, thyme, rosemary, basil