A stocked pantry can make a world of difference when it comes to home cooking. When you have the staples and basic ingredients so frequently needed in most recipes, you'll save time, money and a lot of frustration. Cooking is easier and a lot more fun when you have what you need. The lists below are staples (and my favorite specialty items) that I keep on hand in my pantry, fridge and freezer. It's an exhaustive list, and by no means do I expect anybody to run out and buy everything at once. Consider it a peek into what keeps my kitchen running. Use it as a reference guide and determine what works for your kitchen and the kind of food that you cook!
*Indicates item is refrigerated/frozen or refrigerated once opened.
Vinegars & Wines:
Flours, Grains & Dry Baking Ingredients:
Miscellaneous Baking Ingredients:
Canned Goods & Non-Perishables
Nuts, Seeds & Dried Fruit:
Sauces & Condiments:
Dairy & Non-Dairy Replacements:
Other Produce & Cooking Vegetables:
Dried Spices & Herbs: