(Closed) Must haves in a pantry?

posted 8 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
4693 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

For cooking:

  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Basil
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Canned tomatoes/Tomato sauce

For baking:

  • Flour
  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract

Post # 4
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have an extremely well-stocked pantry. In addition to spices/oil/flour./pasta etc., I would suggest some soups, peanut butter, beans, canned tuna, and other canned meats. I was taught that you should be able to live off your pantry for at least a week if circumstances arise that you have no electricity and can’t get out of the house.

Post # 5
528 posts
Busy bee

  • Noodles (rice and egg)
  • Pasta (spaghetti, lasagne, shapes)
  • Rice (basmati, brown, wild, risotto)
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Beans (baked, pinto, kidney)
  • Tomato puree
  • Ketchup / mustard / brown sauce
  • Sesame oil / olive oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Chilli sauce
  • Cereal / Muslei / Porridge
  • Jam / marmelade / peanut butter / chocolate spread
  • Tea
  • Coffee

Post # 7
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

  • Flour
  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Powered sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cooking oil
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Garlic salt
  • Paprika
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Pasta noodles
  • Peanut butter
  • Breads (pita, wheat, whatever you eat)
  • Pam
  • Black tea
  • Coffee



  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayo
  • Hot sauce (possibly the most important thing to buy)
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Soy Sauce
  • Pickles
  • Creamer
  • Lemon juice
  • Minced garlic
  • Veggies





Post # 8
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

All of the above, and then add BBQ sauce and Parmesan cheese. Those are things I always have on hand.

Post # 10
5063 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

  • Drinking chocolate
  • sandwich paste
  • jars of olives, anchovy, peppers.
  • Tins of condensed soups



Post # 11
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It sort of depends on your diet, but I always have (add to the above posters’ lists):

  • soy sauce (you don’t need to keep in the fridge)
  • fish sauce
  • dried mushrooms
  • mirin
  • cooking wine/sherry/marsala
  • worchestershire sauce
  • off-the-shelf stock (i’m lazy and don’t make my own unless I’m in a domestic sort of mood)
  • capers

Post # 12
1476 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I second the dried mushrooms. So convenient!

crushed tomatos, tomato paste, tomato puree

variety of dried beans

canned beans


variety of noodles of different shapes and flavors


pasta sauce or any kind of sauce for an easy night of cooking


bread, pita, tortillas, or whatever you like (store great in freezer too)

yeast packets

ghee, olive oil, canola oil

lemon juice

variety of vinegars

garlic, onions, potatos, sweet potatoes, oranges


bread flour, all purpuse flour, wheat flour

white sugar, brown sugar, honey, molasas (<- can be used with white sugar to make brown sugar)

baking soda

baking powder

corn starch

kosher salt, table salt, pink himalayan salt

chocolate chips, chocolate powder

variety of nuts for eating and baking

dry milk (Good for when baking recipes call for milk and you’re out. I got it for my bread maker but use it for so much more.)

bulk vanilla beans (Cheap at co-ops or online. spit and pit 8 beans and stick in a bottle of vodka. Let it sit for 6 months and shake it whenever you think about it. It’s be best vanilla ever and super cheap.)

chicken stock, vegetable stock




wine, beer, brandy

Potted herbs are really easy to keep. Thyme and greek oregano go in tons of dishes and they’re hard to kill. Also same for chives.

Freezer: bacon, sausage, ground beef, ground chicken, frozen fruit, frozen veggies. 

Post # 13
5983 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Tatsinda:  +1. I always have a super packed pantry. Darling Husband and I could live for a month on the tuna pouches alone 😀


Post # 14
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

bookmarking for later as I’m terrible at stocking my pantry!

Post # 16
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I agree to all of the above… but I die without vinegar, I use it in so many recipies (in a few it the secret ingredient) so I always have red wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar in my pantry

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