Having a well-stocked pantry is absolutely crucial for executing recipes and being able to whip up meals on a budget. Obviously, buying everything at once won’t be cheap, so if you like, get what you can to start building it up. No rush! Stick the basics. Get what you use often and if you are able to buy a lot of the items in bulk, that’s an even better option (hello, Costco membership).
Want to treat yourself on some high-end goods? Visit local gourmet food stores and spice shops (that’s where I was able to find my haul in the photo above) and hit up their sale items. And once your pantry is fully stocked, you’ll find that being able to make a random meal with what you have on hand will happen in just a blink of an eye!
Here’s a rundown of my common pantry staples that I keep in constant rotation.
SALTS, SPICES, & HERBS
Salts: Diamond Crystal kosher salt, sea salt, and pink Himalayan salt
Peppers: whole Tellicherry peppercorns (for the pepper mill), crushed red pepper flakes, and cayenne pepper
Herbs: oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme, Herbes de Provence, and whole bay leaves
Spices: cumin, coriander, curry powder, paprika, smoked paprika, turmeric, granulated garlic, and Goya Sazón con Achiote
Blends: Goya Adobo All-Purpose Seasoning with Pepper, Morton Nature’s Season, The Gourmet Collection Roast Vegetable and Fries, and Savory Spice Shop Brooklyn Everything Bagel blend
OILS, VINEGARS, & SAUCES
Oils: olive, coconut, avocado, grapeseed, canola, vegetable, and toasted sesame
Vinegars: red wine, balsamic, and apple cider
Mustard: Dijon and yellow
Bouillons: chicken, beef, shrimp, vegetable, and mild golden curry
GRAINS & PASTAS
Rice: medium grain white, Jasmine, Basmati, and brown
Dry legumes: beans and lentils
Noodles: rice and instant varieties
Tomatoes: crushed, whole, diced, and paste
Canned beans: pinto, red, pink, garbanzo, black, cannellini, and kidney
Stocks: unsalted chicken, beef, and vegetable
Flours: all-purpose, whole wheat, and rice
Panko bread crumbs
Sweeteners: raw honey, maple syrup, light brown sugar, and granulated sugar
These items are good splurge treats. Get whatever flavors and blends you like!
Finishing salt (like Maldon and Jacobsen Salt Co. brands)
Custom blends: spices, sugars, herbs, and peppers
Seasonal jams and jellies