The Pantry MUST HAVE List

9.7.14 | Recipe by Renz
I think I need a stunt double. It has been extremely hectic for me for the past two weeks. Between work, grad school and trying to get some other projects off the ground I have been struggling to properly manage my time in ALL areas.

This also includes making sure that my kitchen is stocked. I always like to ensure that my kitchen has things because I have this habit of wanting to make stuff at odd hours of the night and that means I can't always run out to the store to get an ingredient that may be missing.

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Pantry Items

As I thought about it there are certain things I always make sure that I have on hand. Things that I generally feel all pantries should have in stuck, regardless of if you are a 5 star chef or a homemadezagat.

Here's a list of what I think a pantry needs:

Fresh Herbs: 

Basil, Cilantro, Green onions, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme (I store all of these in the refrigerator) 

Dairy & Substitutes: 

Almond milk, Coconut Milk, Cheeses, Buttermilk (I usually make this as I need it from scratch using whole milk and lemon), Evaporated milk, Fresh eggs, Greek yogurt, Heavy whipping cream, Half & half, Whole milk.

Sugars & Salts:

Granulated cane sugar, Brown sugar, Agave nectar, Maple syrup, Honey, Confectioner's sugar, Kosher salt, Sea salts, Baking powder, Baking soda, Active Active dry yeast, Agave nectar, All-purpose flour, Baking powder, Baking soda, Brown sugar, Cake flour, Cocoa powder, Confectioner's sugar, Corn starch, Gelatin, Granulated cane sugar, Honey, Instant coffee, Kosher salt, Sea salts, Maple syrup, Pure vanilla extract, Yellow cornmeal.

Oils, Vinegars & Wines

Balsamic vinegar, Coconut oil, Extra-virgin olive oil, Grape seed oil, Marsala cooking wine, Mirin, Non-stick cooking spray, Red table wine, Seasoned rice wine vinegar, Sesame oil, Shortening, Apple cider vinegar, Various infused olive oils, White wine vinegar.

Nuts & Grains

Jasmine brown & white rice, Noodles, Panko bread crumbs, Peanut butter, Quick oats, Raw almonds, Raw cashews, Raw peanuts, Rice noodles, Rice paper, Sesame seeds, Tahini paste, Various dried pastas.


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Fridge Items
Canned & dried beans – chick peas, black beans, split peas, lentils etc. 

Stocks, Tomatoes, Citrus: 

Beef stock, Canned tomatoes (whole, crushed, diced), Chicken stock, Dried chili peppers, Fresh ginger, Fresh ginger paste, Fresh lemons, Fresh limes, Fresh tomatoes, Fresh whole garlic, Minced garlic, Pre made marinara sauce, Red onions, Seafood stock, Sweet onions, Tomato paste, Tomato puree, Vegetable stock.

Dried Spice & Dried Herbs:

Allspice (ground or whole), Basil, Bay leaves, Ground Black pepper,  Whole Black peppercorns, Cardamom, Cayenne pepper, Celery seed, Chili powder, Chipotle powder, Cinnamon (saigon, ground & sticks), Cloves (ground & whole),  Coriander (seeds & ground), Crushed red pepper, Cumin (ground & seeds), Fennel seeds, Garlic powder, Italian seasoning, Lemon peel, Nutmeg (whole), Old Bay, Onion powder, Orange peel, Oregano, Paprika, Saffron, Sage, Smoked Paprika, Tarragon, Thai red chili powder, Thyme, Turmeric, Ground White pepper

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Pantry Items


Bell peppers, Fish sauce, Flavor peppers, Hoisin sauce, Jerk seasoning, Ketchup, Low-sodium soy sauce, Mayonnaise, Prepared salad dressings, Sriracha chili sauce, Thai red curry paste, Various mustards, Worcestershire sauce, Yellow curry powder

Sheesh!!. With all of these you are ready to go and don't have to worry that "you need to make a run to the store". Well only to replenish.

I have a spreadsheet of my list that I select as things run out so that I know I have to replenish on my next store visit.

Did I miss anything? 

Is your pantry fully stocked?


  1. Replies
    1. It IS not. LOL I am missing about 15 things (based on my checklist) from here and my pantry currently does not look like a store.

  2. I'm getting ready to be out on my own for the first time in a few weeks and cooking actual meals and was just thinking about what I was going to need! So glad I found this list!

  3. I can't imagine the price tag on this list.

    1. Hi,

      I eventually got this list over time. No way was I going to be able to buy everything at once.. lol. Im still in the process of adding


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