Sunday, August 12, 2012

Our Kitchen: Pantry Necessities

by Laura
I was half way through making muddy buddies a few weeks ago and realized I was completely out of powdered sugar! I pride myself on being prepared and stocking my pantry, but fell short when it mattered! It got me thinking about what I consider pantry necessities and I'd love to know what you like to stock your pantry with too. Below is a list of pantry specific (no refrigeration needed for storage) items I can't live without; let me know what you think and what I'm missing! 

My Pantry Necessities
  • Flours (unbleached white, wheat, cake)
  • Sugars (brown, cane, powdered, turbinado)
  • Dry Pastas (a few different shapes and sizes; I love penne and capellini)
  • Grains (couscous, rice, quinoa, rolled oats, cornmeal)
  • Oils (olive oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, peanut oil, sesame oil)
  • Potatoes (sweet, yukon gold, russet) 
  • Onions (white, red and yellow)
  • Garlic 
  • Butters (Peanut, Apple, Pumpkin Pecan) 
  • Spreads (jam, jelly, nutella)
  • Natural Sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, molasses)
  • Vinegars (balsamic, white, red wine, apple cider, rice wine)
  • Specialty Sauces (hot sauce, Tabasco, oyster sauce, sriracha, mirin, rice wine, Bragg's Liquid Aminos, Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki)
  • Nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans)
  • Dried Fruit (raisins, cranberries)
  • Lentils 
  • Specialty Items (artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, olives)
Canned Food: 
  • Black Beans (no salt added)
  • Tomatoes (diced, crushed, whole and specialty) 
  • White Beans (cannellini, garbanzo)
  • Kidney Beans 
  • Meats (tuna, chicken) 
  • Chicken Broth 
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Cream of Chicken Soup
  • Pumpkin (real) 
  • Corn 
  • Artichoke Hearts
Herbs and Spices:
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Dill
  • Cumin
  • Bay Leaves
  • All Spice
  • Ground Mustard
  • Turmeric
  • Spice Blends
  • Beverages (cocoa and diet coke)
  • Pepper (black, white, specialty)
  • Salts (kosher, sea salt)
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Herbs de Provence
  • Boullion Cubes (chicken and beef)

For Baking:
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Chocolate (white, dark, milk and mint) 
  • Extracts (vanilla, almond, lemon, peppermint)
  • Vegetable Shortening (butter flavored and plain)
  • Pudding Mix (vanilla) 
  • Cake Mix (yellow, angel food, white) 
  • Marshmallows

I'm sure that I'm missing a few things,  but please share what's in your pantry! Next we'll tackle the fridge and freezer! 


kitchen table with bench said...

Wow! This looks great! I am so impressed!

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