The Basic Pantry

February 12th, 2013 posted by Cheri Sicard

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The following is a list of ingredients that will make up a basic well stocked pantry. These are suggestions. Don’t run out and buy everything on the list. Not all ingredients will appeal to all people. However, most of the items listed here are basic ingredients that will go into the making of a wide variety of recipes.

Various Oils:

olive oil, sesame oil, peanut oil, vegetable oil.


basil, oregano, parsley, tarragon, rosemary, cumin, cayenne, crushed red pepper, thyme, bay leaves, ginger, mustard powder, marjoram, allspice, nutmeg, paprika, cinnamon, salt, pepper, white pepper, whole black peppercorns.


vanilla (a must), other useful options are lemon, almond, peppermint, butter and maple

Staples & More

Corn Starch Baking Powder Baking Soda Flour Sugar (powdered, granulated and brown) Yeast Stock (chicken, beef, vegetable) Maple Syrup Wine (for cooking) Milk Butter Eggs Mustard Mayonnaise Garlic Hot Sauce Onions Lemons (or lemon juice) Parmesan cheese

Handy to Have on Hand

Canned or frozen vegetables (usually frozen taste better, although there are some brand exceptions) Dried beans Orange Juice Canned cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup Pastas Plain yogurt or sour cream Cream Cheese Cheeses Celery Green Onions Potatoes Celery Carrots By having these items on hand you should be able to assemble and prepare plenty of delicious meals for your family.

Cheri Sicard is the editor of, a content rich online cooking community. She lives in Los Angeles.

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