50 Things You Should Keep in Your Pantry

It can be helpful to stock your pantry with some basic supplies that you can generally count on always being there. The following ingredients are common in many recipes ranging from banana muffins to pancakes to spaghetti. Keeping these items around will help on busy nights or during weeks when you haven’t been able to get to the store because they’ll help you pull together simple and quick meals like chili or taco salad. Or, if you need a quick dessert, you’ll always have the makings for chocolate chip cookies or brownies.

This list may not be comprehensive, as each home cook has his or her preferences, but here are the basics you’ll need for many home cooking and baking projects:

  1. Salt
  2. Black Pepper
  3. Chili Powder
  4. Italian Seasoning
  5. Cinnamon
  6. Garlic Powder
  7. Garlic Salt
  8. Dried Parsley
  9. Dried Minced Onion
  10. Onion Powder
  11. Bay Leaves
  12. Chicken bouillon or broth
  13. Beef bouillon or broth
  14. Cornstarch
  15. Baking Powder
  16. Baking Soda
  17. White Flour
  18. White Sugar
  19. Brown Sugar
  20. Powdered or Confectioner’s Sugar
  21. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  22. Quick Cooking Oats
  23. Maple Syrup or Pancake Syrup
  24. Vanilla Extract
  25. Olive Oil
  26. Vegetable Oil
  27. White Vinegar
  28. Fresh Garlic (Invest in an inexpensive garlic press. It makes peeling garlic so quick and easy, and your recipes will turn out better using fresh garlic cloves.)
  29. Non-Stick Cooking Spray
  30. Pasta (Spaghetti noodles and Elbow Macaroni are a good start.)
  31. Rice (Brown or white, or both, depending on your preferences.)
  32. Boxed Jiffy Cornbread/Muffin Mix
  33. Croutons
  34. Panko or Bread Crumbs
  35. Taco Seasoning
  36. Peanut Butter
  37. Honey
  38. Low-Sugar Cereal
  39. Saltine Crackers
  40. Popcorn (Either microwavable or loose kernels for use with an air popper.)
  41. Boxed Brownie Mix
  42. Jarred or Canned Spaghetti Sauce
  43. Canned Fruit
  44. Canned Ready-to-Serve Veggies
  45. Canned Diced Tomatoes (Great for making homemade tomato soup.)
  46. Canned Beans (I keep chili beans and Bush’s Baked Beans for making chili, and black beans are good for taco soup.)
  47. Tortilla Chips
  48. Bread
  49. Tea and/or Coffee
  50. Ready-to-Heat soups such as tomato soup

What do you think? What kinds of items do you always keep in your pantry? Share your suggestions in the comments.

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