Maintaining a well stocked kitchen full of pantry essentials is key to running an efficient household. Keeping pantry essentials on hand saves both money and time. There will always be something at home you can cook! If you keep your pantry stocked, you won’t be tempted to grab unhealthy, expensive fast food on your way home, and you’ll need less frequent trips to the grocery store.
This is also a great starter list for someone moving into a new home or apartment.
How To Use the Pantry Essentials List
Each time you make a grocery list to do your regular shopping, consult this Pantry Essentials List for things you need to replenish. You’ll be surprised at the all the meals you can make from your well stocked kitchen!
Place your Pantry Essentials List in a sheet protector, laminate it, or place it in a frame with a glass front. Keep it with your Weekly Meal Planning sheets (laminated or in a sheet protector) or hang it inside your pantry on a clipboard. Check off items as you run out of them with a grease pencil or dry erase marker. Then after shopping, you can wipe off your list and start anew. Convenient and easy!
Listed below are items you should keep stocked in your kitchen. You’ll be able to create numerous meals, snacks, and even desserts with these basic supplies.
Salt and pepper
Vinegar (apple cider, balsamic, red wine, etc)
Sweetened condensed milk
Wine (red and white)
Canned, Jarred, or Bottled Goods
Broth (chicken and beef)
Canned beans (navy, white, black, garbanzo)
Canned meats (tuna, salmon, chicken, etc.)
Canned tomatoes (diced, stewed, paste, roasted)
Canned vegetables (green beans, corn)
Cream of chicken soup
Cream of mushroom soup
Beans (lentils, kidney, black, etc.)
Bouillon (cubes or powder, chicken and beef)
Bread crumbs or Panko
Dried onion soup mix
Pasta (spaghetti, lasagna, egg noodles, penne, etc)
Taco seasoning packet
Herbs and Spices
Crushed red pepper flakes
Fennel or dill seed
Cinnamon (ground and sticks)
Cloves (ground and whole)
Montreal Steak Seasoning
Produce (stored in refrigerator)
Leafy greens (spinach, kale, etc)
Dairy and Eggs
Cheese (sliced, shredded, block, cheddar, mozzarella)
Jelly or jam
Mustard (Dijon, Brown, Yellow)
Salad dressing (Italian, ranch, etc.)
Chicken (boneless, skinless breasts, wings, legs, thighs, whole)
Fruit (mango, strawberries, raspberries, etc.)
Nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts)
Vanilla ice cream
Vegetables (peas, corn, broccoli, mixed, etc.)
With these items on hand you’ll be able to create last minute meals even when you can’t get to the grocery store every week. A well stocked kitchen of pantry essentials can make meal time easier when life gets hectic.