(Closed) kitchen stocking for the first time

posted 8 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
2299 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I understand your situation! What I bought when we first moved into our apt were the staples:

A LOT Canned soup and vegetables, pasta and sauce, rice…(cheap stuff that you can whip up in a pinch or on those lazy days.

Post # 4
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hmm, it’s hard to think of what you need if you are starting 100% from scratch.  If you want do more cooking, I’d think you need some of these as the basics:

  • Some Basic Spices/Seasonings:  Salt, Pepper, Oregano, Basil, Garlic Powder, Garlic Salt, Minced Onion, Rosemary, Parsley, Chili Powder, Cayenne, Crushed Red Pepper, and then a few blends such as a Cajun (I like the Weber Grill Cajun) and a Poultry Blend.
  • Flour, Sugar, Cornstarch, Baking Soda, Baking Powder
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Honey
  • Chicken Broth / Beef Broth
  • Soy Sauce
  • Olive Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • Rice (slow cooking)
  • Jarred Pasta Sauce
  • Various Pastas
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lime Juice

Post # 5
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@SLS79: Great list!  Don’t forget to grab up some meat too, just chicken breasts and ground beef can be made into a lot of different things.

Post # 6
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@MrsSaltWaterTaffy:  lol….yeah, meat would help!  I like bagged frozen shrimp & the individually wrapped chicken breasts because they thaw so quickly.

Post # 7
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011



pepper (in a grinder, none of that pre-ground stuff!)









chili powder

garlic powder

bay leaves



cayenne pepper





olive oil

canola oil



pasta (spaghetti, elbow macaroni, other favorites)

sugar (white & brown)


peanut butter

cocoa powder


baking soda

apple cider vinegar

balsamic vinegar

red wine vinegar

hot sauce




steak sauce



worcestershire sauce

soy sauce

lemon & lime juices






ground beef

chicken breasts

fish fillets (if you like fish)

frozen vegetables of various types

Post # 8
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

haha wow, just had to say we’ve lived in our apartment for over 2 years and I think the only thing we keep stocked at all times is ketchup and salt. I wouldn’t know how to use some of the ingredients listed here! 

Post # 9
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I like the bags of frozen veggies that you can just stick in the microwave to steam.  It’s an easy way to keep “fresh” veggies around, since truly fresh produce goes bad if you don’t use it.  Canned would also work. 


Post # 10
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I would say buy a few herbs/spices now and add the others as you need them (like called for in a recipe). Those things can get expensive when you’re looking at $3-4 a piece! I would say our most used basic seasonings are salt and pepper (obvs), EVOO, “Italian Herb Mix” and lemon pepper. Then, when you need cumin, paprika, etc you can buy it. 


Good luck and don’t forget to use your grocery store’s rewards card if they have one! 

Post # 12
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

“I would say buy a few herbs/spices now and add the others as you need them (like called for in a recipe). Those things can get expensive when you’re looking at $3-4 a piece!”


Check your local farmers markets and city markets. My local farmers market has spices for $1 per scoop. I buy small canning jars (1 cup size) to keep them in.

Post # 14
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I’m all for investing in a nice little indoor herb garden- nothing jazzes up cooking like fresh herbs.

Also don’t forget chicken/beef/veggie stock!

Post # 15
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I love the lists above – just wanted to add that frozen spinach (soooo easy to freeze yourself too – just wash it, toss it in a big ziploc, throw it in the freezer!), frozen corn, and frozen mixed peppers are STAPLES in our freezer. Fajitas are one of my go-to meals when I’m short on time – just dice whatever meat isn’t frozen, saute, add frozen peppers, and go 🙂

If you’re not much of a cook yet, don’t worry about buying tons of spices – start with some good seasoning mixes, maybe some marinade mixes. Marinating and then baking chicken is a super easy way to start a meal!

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