(Closed) Must haves- food (NWR)

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 2
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Things that are always stocked: Flour, sugars, salt, pepper,  baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, other spices, oil, cooking spray, butter, mayo, ketchup, salad dressing, peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal, waffles/syrup, and pancake mix. Things we buy almost weekly like milk, bread, eggs, cheese, deli meat, fruits, and stuff to make salads. Then dinner foods. 

Post # 3
128 posts
Blushing bee

Things we always have– flour, sugars, spices (onion powder, garlic powder, salt/pepper, basil, thyme, sage, curry powder etc), baking soda/pwder, oil (veg and EVOO) butter, condiments, peanut butter, rice, pasta, canned tomatoes/paste (I make sauce on a semi regular basis), jelly, tomato paste, canned soup, pancake mix/syrup

Post # 4
585 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

We eat an almost entirely homemade diet and like to cook, so my list of “basics” is pretty long. I figured I’d list it all just in case something stands out.

Baking: flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, maple syrup.

Dried goods: brown rice, different pastas, breadcrumbs, cornmeal, lentils, split peas, so many spices, almonds, peanuts, walnuts, raisins, peanut butter, popcorn kernels, and I usually keep a few packages of soba noodles because yum.

Canned/jarred goods: different canned tomatoes (tomato paste, seasoned, unseasoned), coconut milk, and so many beans (black, garbanzo, cannellini, kidney), salsas, jams, pickled items, pasta sauce, capers, sun dried tomatoes, pre-made soups for lazy days.

Misc. cooking items: olive oil, canola oil, coconut oil cooking spray, toasted sesame oil, balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, red wine vinegar, and soy sauce or tamari

Condiments: ketchup, mayo, mustards, frank’s hot sauce, sriracha, BBQ sauce.

I also like to keep some frozen veggies as back-ups: I always have frozen chopped onions, spinach, kale, corn, broccoli, and a veggie medley.

My Fiance and I are vegan, so I’ve only listed the “normal” stuff. We’ve also got some more out-there stuff like nutritional yeast and liquid smoke that I could never live without!

Edit: we also keep a thing of lemon juice in the fridge for when we inevitably forget to buy fresh lemons, and we use minced garlic in water (comes in a jar) because cutting fresh garlic is a pain.

Post # 5
473 posts
Helper bee

As far as food, it really depends on your diet. We usually only cook from scratch so our fridge is stocked with lots of fresh produce. I am really not into eating  pre-made or pre-prepared anything, so this means I have to hit the grocery store more frequently. All of our proteins (chicken, steak, fish, etc.) usually go in the freezer unless I plan on preparing them within a few days. Some things that we ALWAYS have in our fridge/ cupboards/ pantry:

milk, half n half, mayo, eggs, ketchup, hot sauce, soy sauce, mustards (Dijon, etc.), Worcestershire sauce, salsa, feta cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, butter, pickles, peanut butter, jelly, bread, deli turkey, sliced cheese, pickle relish, salad dressing(I do home made), canned tuna, and all the fresh fruits and veggies we like. Also, I always have bags of red and yellow onions and garlic in the pantry, as well as bags of russet and sweet potatoes.

Dry items: coffee, tea, cereal, oatmeal, nuts and dried fruit, popcorn, pasta, rice, quinoa, white sugar, brown sugar, confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, corn starch, corn meal, salt, pepper, vanilla extract, paprika, ground cayenne, bay leafs, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, dill weed, nutmeg, ground tyme, dried oregano; parsley; and basil, red pepper flakes, allspice, cream of tartar, cumin, cinnamon, bouillon (beef and chicken).

Other stuff: honey, maple syrup, croutons, oils (olive, canola, coconut, etc), vinegars (white, apple cider, red wine, etc.), and non-stick spray.

Freezer: I always have steak, chicken, some type of fish, ground turkey and/or organic ground beef ready to thaw out. I also have a few bags of frozen veggies (usually spinach, kale, broccoli) on hand.

For drinks we mostly have bottled water but also keep a case of regular coke and Sam Adams (or whichever other beer my Fiance picks up) in the pantry for when we have people over. We aren’t drinkers but we have a small cabinet with a few bottles of rum, etc. for company as well. 


These are all of my staples. I can honestly say that I keep all of these items in my kitchen at all times. Whenever something is low, I put it on my shopping list to replenish before it runs out. I cook (and bake) a lot, so it makes it so much easier to have all the basics handy. This may seem like a lot since you’re just starting out on your own, but you will get the flow of what works best for you once you get into the groove of things with your own cooking style. It was about 15 years ago when I got my first apartment and I remember being in your position. The first shopping trip will probably be pretty expensive, having to get so much of the expensive stuff all at once. However, once you have all the condiments, spices, etc., they last for quite a long time!

Congrats on your marriage and first place together. What an exciting time 😊. 



Post # 6
7098 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Well what kinds of foods do you like to eat? What’s your diet like? This is really a loaded question because it will vary so much depending on the person. Everyone has different likes and eating habits. We tend to grill out and do roasted veggies A LOT – so basically meats w/ seasonings and veggies tossed in a little olive oil & salt/pepper is a staple at my house.

I find we always have :

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Condiments (ketchup, mayo, mustard)
  • Salad Dressings
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil / Coconut Oil
  • Eggs
  • Salt & Pepper

I’ve found that other things like seasonings and specialty items (vanilla extract, baking soda, etc) are things we aquired based on shopping for specific recipes.

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