Keep Your Pantry Stocked with These Essentials

Nothing’s worse than baking a batch of cookies, going to the pantry to grab an ingredient, and realizing you’re missing what you need for the recipe. Keeping your pantry well-stocked allows you to be prepared for any kitchen adventure and also saves you costly trips to the grocery store.

Got a midnight craving for brownies? Maybe a last-minute potluck dish or unexpected dinner guests? Whatever your situation, we’ve got you covered with this foolproof list of must-have pantry ingredients.

Keep in mind that these ingredients are suggestions; tweak the list according to your dietary needs and preferences.


• Whole wheat flour
• Bread flour
• Cake flour
• Rye flour
• Active yeast

Whole Grains and Pasta

• Barley
• Beans
• Corn
• Farro
• Oats
• Quinoa
• Rice
• Rye
• Wheat
• Fettuccini
• Penne
• Spaghetti


• Granulated sugar
• Brown sugar
• Powdered sugar
• Honey
• Molasses

Baking Essentials

• Baking powder
• Baking soda
• Cornstarch
• Salt
• Evaporated milk
• Condensed milk
• Vanilla extract
• Almond extract
• Cream of tartar

Oils and Vinegars

• Vegetable oil
• Coconut oil
• Olive oil
• Non-stick cooking spray
• White vinegar
• Apple cider vinegar
• Lemon juice

Canned and jarred goods

• Beans
• Tomato sauce
• Crushed tomatoes
• Beef, chicken and vegetable broth
• Peanut butter
• Mayonnaise


• Cocoa powder
• Chocolate chips
• Food coloring
• Dried fruits and nuts

Many of these ingredients can also serve as substitutes, should you ever run out of one or the other. Check out last month’s blog post on common baking substitutes for some ideas.

We also suggest buying some of these ingredients like whole grains and pastas in bulk. As long as you store them in airtight containers, they will keep for a long time and you’ll always have them on hand. If you ever run out of flour, you can home-mill your own flour from grains using your Nutrimill Grain Mill.

If you have a pantry staple you can’t go without, let us know in the comments!

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