Pantry Staples

There are some items that should be kept in the pantry . Stocking up when these items are on sale is the best way to go. A frugal pantry is a good pantry.

What we will need will depend on our families likes and dislikes, but here is a basic list that can get you started:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Oats
  • Brown sugar
  • Confectioners sugar
  • Baking soda, powder and cocoa
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parsley, oregano and rosemary
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger
  • Cloves, vanilla and peppermint extracts
  • A variety of beans, pastas and rices
  • Powdered milk
  • Canned soups, tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste
  • Cereals
  • Cornstarch and cornmeal

This is just to get you started.

What items do you find necessary?



4 thoughts on “Pantry Staples

  1. Oil, specifically olive oil and grapeseed oil.
    Vinegars – red wine, white balsamic, plain old white vinegar, cider vinegar, whatever the budget allows.
    Dry Vermouth (which I use instead of white wines in cooking)
    I often buy extra to flavor myself. I have a really great hot chili pepper vermouth that I made.
    Vodka to flavor (for cooking) – ever put a bunch of jolly ranchers in vodka? (ok, so the jolly rancher vodka isn’t for cooking. sue me.)
    Fresh pots of basil, rosemary, curly parsley, oregano and bay leaf. Soooo much cheaper then buying.
    Sea salt, Kosher salt and whole peppercorns (color of choice)

  2. Wow. I though this was for pantry staples. And thrifty pantry to boot. But the itens you’ve listed would come to $100-$200! Most of us can live very happly without the grapeseed oil or the all the booze.

    1. It is. Everyone cooks in their own way. Shopping sales, with coupons, helps to save money, and once in a while these types of items will end up on a food pantry shelf. They aren’t used as booze so much as for cooking.

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