Pantry Staples

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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

Soy sauce 

Worcestershire Sauce

Mustard: Dijon and yellow

Duke’s mayonnaise 

Ketchup 

Peanut butter

Bouillons: chicken, beef, shrimp, vegetable, and mild golden curry

GRAINS & PASTAS

Rice: medium grain white, Jasmine, Basmati, and brown

Stoneground grits

Rolled oats

Pasta

Couscous

Dry legumes: beans and lentils

Noodles: rice and instant varieties

CANNED GOODS

Tomatoes: crushed, whole, diced, and paste

Canned beans: pinto, red, pink, garbanzo, black, cannellini, and kidney

Coconut milk

Stocks: unsalted chicken, beef, and vegetable

BAKING GOODS

Flours: all-purpose, whole wheat, and rice

Cornmeal

Cornstarch

Panko bread crumbs

Baking soda

Baking powder

Sweeteners: raw honey, maple syrup, light brown sugar, and granulated sugar

GOURMET ITEMS

These items are good splurge treats. Get whatever flavors and blends you like!

Infused oils

Flavored vinegars

Smoked salt

Finishing salt (like Maldon and Jacobsen Salt Co. brands)

Custom blends: spices, sugars, herbs, and peppers

Seasonal jams and jellies