Having the right go to ingredients available makes all the difference when you cook, and so, an appropriately stocked pantry will make your life a whole lot easier especially when you need to throw together dinner in a hurry with just what you have around.

Here’s what I like to have around mine all the time. The list isn’t exhaustive, so let me know what you’re must have items are by leaving a reply below.

Dairy

  • 1% Milk
  • Half and half
  • Heavy cream
  • Unsalted butter
  • Sweet, salted butter
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • Large eggs

Dry Spices

  • Black pepper (course ground, fine ground, pepper corns)
  • Ground white pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Thyme (dried and ground)
  • Ground yellow mustard
  • Ground cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Paprika
  • Cinnamon (ground and sticks)
  • Nutmeg
  • Ground ginger
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Celery salt
  • Celery seed
  • Dill

Oils, Vinegars and Sauces

  • Vegetable oil
  • Cooking spray
  • Extra Virgin olive oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Tobasco sauce
  • Hoisin sauce
  • White vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar

Canned Goods

  • Low fat/low sodium chicken broth
  • Low fat/low sodium beef broth
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Black olives, whole pitted
  • Tomato sauce
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Baked beans
  • Black beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Refried beans

Dry Goods

  • Pasta – spaghetti, penne, elbow macaroni, egg noodles
  • All purpose flour
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Corn starch
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Table salt
  • Rice (brown, white (jasmine),p a box of pilaf)
  • Corn meal
  • Plain bread crumbs
  • Panko bread crumbs

Fresh Herbs

  • parsley
  • Basil

Produce

  • Carrots
  • Russet potatoes
  • Celery
  • Red/green/yellow/orange bell pepper
  • Tomatoes (plum, vine ripened, grape, garden grown when available)
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce (green/red leaf, romain, iceberg, spring mix)
  • Radish
  • Yellow onions
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Ginger root
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Apples (Granny Smith, red delicious, macintosh, court land, gala)

Condiments

  • Mustard (yellow, brown, Dijon)
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Miracle whip
  • Horseradish
  • Relish

Salad Dressing

  • Italian
  • Blue cheese
  • Ranch
  • Ceasar

Other

  • Honey
  • Spaghetti sauce, jarred
  • Dill pickles
  • Vanilla extract
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