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Pantry Basics : Staples - Necessary standard kitchen supplies for your pantry

Equipping your pantry with basic supplies


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If you are just setting up house, you will need to keep some standard food staples on hand to be prepared for any recipe. Most of the items on this list are shelf-stable. It is a good idea to mark items with a purchase date to make sure you use the oldest items first and get rid of any that hide in the back of your cupboard too long. Some items will require refrigeration after opening or have expiration dates (such as yeast). Check labels. Vegetables like potatoes and onions should be kept in a cool, dark place. Citrus fruits can last for weeks in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

This list is a general guide. Take your own tastes into consideration when selecting your own pantry basics. The links will take you to more detailed information on each of the items, including recipes:

Pantry Basics : Staples (standard kitchen supplies)

Baking powder
Baking soda
• Beans, canned: black beans, red kidney, white
• Beans, dried: red kidney, great northern, lima, lentils, split pea, black, pinto
• Bread crumbs
• Broth, dried and canned: beef, vegetable, chicken
• Cereal
Chocolate: unsweetened squares, semisweet chips, cocoa powder
Coffee: beans, ground, instant
• Cooking spray
• Cornmeal
• Cornstarch
• Crackers
• Dried fruits: raisins, apricots
• Extracts: vanilla, lemon, almond, orange
• Flour: All-purpose, whole wheat, cake, bread
• Fruit preserves, jam, jelly
Garlic, fresh
Gelatin: powdered, unflavored
• Lemons, fresh
Limes, fresh
• Milk: boxed, powdered, evaporated milk
• Nuts: almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts
• Onions: red and yellow
Pasta, dried: spaghetti, linguini, angel hair, fettuccine, penne, noodles
Peanut butter
Potatoes, fresh
Rice: long-grain, wild, basmati, arborio
Soup: canned and dry bouillon
• Sugar: granulated, confectioner's, light and dark brown
• Tea
Tomatoes: canned whole, crushed, chopped, puree, sauce, fresh
Tuna, canned
Yeast, dry active

Other Pantry Basics Lists:

Condiment Basics
Herb and Spice Basics
Refrigerator and Freezer Basics

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