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The Well-Stocked Kitchen Pantry

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I remember when I first ventured out on my own. There were so many things to buy, including groceries to stock the pantry. I wanted it all but was, of course, on a very tight budget. I had to get the most basic of items and gradually stock the others. Well, that was a long time ago. My opinion on what is essential has changed and the pantry is a lot bigger than it used to be. It is important to have food items in storage especially for spontaneous, quick, easy, healthy and creative cooking. There are items that are basic to almost any cooking. Other items are dependent on the type of cooking you do most often and the amount of storage space available. The list below is based on my preferences, but I included some items I don't use that others might. You will want to omit some items and add others. On the subject of space, there are ways to expand at no cost. In a previous house, my pantry closet was just too small, so I used a small area of a big walk-in closet in the master bedroom, and a cabinet salvaged from an old kitchen that I placed in the garage. If you have the space, invest in a stand-up freezer. In the long run, you save money on meats and freezable items when they are on sale. If you have a large garden, you know a freezer is essential. Some staples below are listed under more than one category, such as bottled condiments that must be refrigerated after opening. By the way, make certain you are familiar with the recommended shelf life for perishable items. There are several good resources on the Internet that provide that information. The food images on this page are all recipes that I can make any time with items that I keep stocked in my pantry. Just click on the image to view the recipe. To browse all of the recipes at Teri's Kitchen, visit the Recipe Files or use the links on this page.


Index

Refrigerator

Freezer

Produce
Dry Goods

Canned/Bottled

Vinegar and Oil
Wine and Spirits

Dried Herbs

Spices
Linguine with White Clam Sauce Recipe Photo
Linguine with White Clam Sauce
(Made with pantry items)



Refrigerator   (Some foods require refrigeration after opening. Always check *use by" dates.)
Eggs
Butter or margarine
Milk
Whipping cream
Sour cream
Cream cheese
Mild cheese
Sharp cheese
Mozzarella
Parmesan cheese
Romano cheese
Hot pepper pickles
Green olives
Mayonnaise
Yellow mustard
Dijon mustard
Worcestershire sauce
Steak sauce
Horseradish
Ketchup
Pickle relish
Ripe olives
Assorted pickles
Salsa
Jellies or jams
Apple butter
Refrigerator biscuits
Bacon
Pancetta
Freezer   (Some items can be refrigerated or stored at room temperature until "use by" date.)
Ice
Vegetables
Ground beef
Ground turkey or chicken
Whole chicken
Boneless chicken breasts
Boneless pork chops
Link and/or bulk sausage
Bacon
Breads and rolls
Prebaked pizza shells
Fresh breadcrumbs
Fresh bread cubes
Puff pastry
Phyllo dough
Flour tortillas
Corn tortillas
Pierogies
Stuffed pasta
Hors d'ouevres
Beef stock
Fish stock
Chicken stock
Non-dairy topping
Walnuts
Pecans
Almonds
Ice cream or frozen yogurt
Sherbet
Frozen fruits
Produce   (Most produce needs to be refrigerated.)
White potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Onions
Garlic
Green bell peppers
Red bell peppers
Hot peppers
Fresh mushrooms
Dried mushrooms
Lettuce
Cucumbers
Fresh tomatoes
Dried tomatoes
Carrots
Celery
Apples
Oranges
Lemons
Limes
Fresh herbs
Bananas
Dry Goods   (Whole grains and yeast can be refrigerated or frozen to extend shelf life.)
All-purpose flour
Whole wheat flour
Whole wheat pastry flour
Cake flour
Cornmeal
Granulated sugar
Confectioners' sugar
Brown sugar
Baking soda
Baking powder
Yeast
Cornstarch
Unsweetened cocoa
Unsweetened chocolate
Semi or bittersweet chocolate
Biscuit mix
Instant coffee or espresso
Quick tapioca
Oatmeal
Cereal
Crackers
Dried breadcrumbs
Pasta, white and/or whole grain, such as:
    Penne or ziti
    Spaghetti
    Fettuccine
    Linguine
    Ditalini
    Lasagna
    Orzo
    Elbows
Egg noodles
Long grain rice
Brown rice
Wild rice
Arborio rice
Barley
Couscous
Quinoa
Wheat berries
Kidney beans
White beans
Black beans
Lentils
Chick peas
Split peas
Dried corn
Canned and Bottled Foods   (Most need to be refrigerated or frozen after opening. Check the labels.)
Whole tomatoes
Tomato paste
Tomato sauce
Crushed tomatoes
Chicken broth
Beef broth
Vegetable broth
Condensed cream of mushroom soup
Canned fruits
Pie fillings
Worcestershire sauce
Soy sauce
Hoisin sauce
Sesame oil
Barbecue Sauce
Salsa
Taco sauce
Dijon mustard
Canned Tuna
Canned Salmon
Anchovies
Anchovy paste
Green beans
Asparagus
Creamed corn
Whole kernel corn
Chickpeas
Kidney beans
Black beans
White or pink beans
Evaporated milk
Sweetened condensed milk
Peanut butter
Jams or jellies
Canned chiles
Assorted pickles
Olives
Capers
Chopped pimentos
Light or dark corn syrup
Pure maple syrup
Honey
Pure vanilla
Almond flavoring
Hot sauce

Vinegar / Oil


Olive oil
Extra-Virgin olive oil
Canola oil
Peanut oil
Olive oil spray
Cooking oil spray
Red wine vinegar
Balsamic vinegar
White wine vinegar
White distilled vinegar
Apple cider vinegar

Wine / Spirits


Dry red wine
Dry white wine
Port wine
Dry vermouth
Brandy or Cognac
Dry sherry
Gin
Rum
Fruit liqueurs
Dark beer
Light beer

Dried Herbs


Parsley
Oregano
Basil
Rosemary
Thyme
Rubbed sage
Marjoram
Cilantro
Bay leaves
Chives
Savory
Tarragon
Dill weed
Dill seed
Onion powder
Chopped onions
Garlic powder
Minced garlic


Note: It is true that dried herbs and spices lose flavor after about six months. However, they do not spoil if kept dry. When they have been in my pantry longer than six months, I still use them, tasting as I cook and adding more if needed.

Spices


Black peppercorns
Coarse salt
Table salt
Cinnamon sticks
Ground cinnamon
Ground nutmeg
Whole nutmeg
Ground cloves
Whole cloves
Ground turmeric
Ground allspice
Ground mace
Pickling spice
Mustard seeds
Ground mustard
Cayenne pepper
Celery seed
Caraway seeds
Fennel seeds
Ground ginger
Ground cumin
Ground chile peppers
Red chile flakes
Ground sweet paprika


Note: If you own a spice grinder, purchase whole spices for a longer shelf life and grind as needed.