With the right ingredients you can quickly create a variety of satisfying, delicious meals for family and guests. Although everyone's pantry is different, there are basic items you should always have. Use these basic pantry suggestions as a handy reference list when creating your grocery list.

Spices and Seasonings

Ensure dried herbs are still fresh by checking if they are green and not faded. Crush a few leaves to see if the aroma is still strong. For beginners we recommend this spice rack and starter set.

  • Basil
  • Bay Leaves
  • Black Pepper
  • Bouillon Cubes
  • Chives
  • Chili Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Mustard (dried, prepared)
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Onion
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Salt
  • Soy Sauce
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Vanilla
  • Yeast

Pantry Staples

General purpose items that come in handy for both cooking and baking

  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Cornstarch
  • Flour
  • Honey
  • Lemon Juice
  • Nuts (almonds, pecans, waluts, etc.)
  • Oatmeal
  • Oil (olive, vegetable)
  • Sugar
  • Vinegar

Packaged and Canned Foods

When possible, opt for preparing packaged good such as beans instead of using a canned alternative.

  • Beans (canned, dry)
  • Broth (beef, chicken)
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Canned tomato paste & sauce
  • Milk
  • Pastas
  • Rice (brown, white)