Pantry Basics

Pantry Basics

Last-minute runs to the store at rush hour? No thank you!


Keep a running list of basics and stay stocked with the things that you know you can pull together for a quick meal. Pick up fresh herbs and lemons every week and never suffer a dull meal again!


Being well-stocked saves money, time and fosters creativity and ease in everyday cooking. What to stock is a matter of taste and this list is just a starting point. Your pantry is the foundation for your daily cooking and will reflect your likes and needs.


Pantry Categories to Consider

  • Fresh (vegetables, fresh herbs, and fruit; dairy products; and other perishables)
  • Dry (dry beans, pulses, seeds, nuts, grains, pastas, etc.)
  • Seasonings (oils, vinegars, spices, herbs, spice pastes or sauces, etc.)
  • Frozen (pre-cooked beans; grains, meats, fish, butter, etc.


  • Onions, Carrots
  • Fresh Parsley, Cilantro, etc.
  • Lettuce, Leafy Greens
  • Tortillas
  • Eggs, Butter, Milk, Plain Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Nut butters
  • Capers
  • Green/Red Curry Paste
  • Miso
  • Hot sauce
  • Maple syrup
  • Olive, Sunflower, & Coconut Oil (or other vegetable or seed oil)
  • Toasted Sesame Oil
  • Red-wine, Cider, Rice, & Balsamic Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce/Tamari
  • Fish sauce
  • Garlic
  • Lemons/Limes
  • Fresh ginger
  • Potatoes
Dry Storage
  • Nuts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Raisins
  • Crackers
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Canned coconut milk
  • Canned tuna
  • Beans
  • Beans, canned
  • Pasta & noodles (buckwheat, rice, etc.)
  • Couscous
  • Rice
  • Lentils
  • Quinoa
  • Bulgur wheat
  • Flour
  • Polenta, cornmeal
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Molasses
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips
  • Cooked Beans
  • Cooked Grains
  • Bacon, Sausages
  • Chicken, Fish, Meat
  • Bread/bread crumbs
  • Veggie bouillon base
  • Chicken Stock
  • Extra butter
Spices & Dried Herbs
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Dried red chiles
  • Mustard seeds
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Chili powder
  • Cayenne
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Turmeric
  • Paprika (smoked, sweet)
  • Cardamom
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Bay leaves

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