A Well Stocked Pantry - Stocking a Pantry and a Kitchen

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I've been asked these questions several time. "What are the basic items to keep in well-stocked pantry?" and "What kinds of ingredients do I need to keep in the pantry to be prepared for unexpected company?" I finally took the hint and went into my pantry and made a list. I've also included a list of kitchen essential needed to prepare a meal.


Pantry Essentials:

 


Baking

all-purpose flour
unbleached flour or bread flour (for bread making)
granulated sugar
powdered sugar
brown sugar
cornstarch
baking powder
baking soda
yeast (regular or instant)
vegetable shortening (optional)
chocolate (semi-sweet, bitter-sweet,
and Dutch process cocoa)

Dried Goods
dried beans (various types)
dried fruits (various types)
currants
raisins
dates

Rice
Arborio rice
brown rice
white rice
wild rice

Tomatoes (canned)
chopped tomatoes
sundried tomatoes
tomato sauce
tomato paste
whole tomatoes

Vinegars
apple cider vinegar
balsamic vinegar
red wine vinegar
raspberry vinegar
rice vinegar
white wine vinegar

Dried Pasta
angel hair
egg noodles
fettuccine
fusille
lasagna
linguine
penna
spaghetti

Dried Herbs
anise seeds
basil leaves
bay leaves
caraway seeds
cayenne pepper
chili powder
cilantro
coriander
cumin (ground & seeds)
curry powder
dillweed
fennel seeds
Herbes de Provence
marjoram
dried mustard
oregano
paprika
red peppers
rosemary
peppercorns (black & white)
poppy seeds
sage
salt (regular & coarse)
saffron
sesame seeds
Tabasco or hot sauce
tarragon
thyme
turmeric

Spices
cinnamon (ground & whole sticks)
cloves (ground & whole)
ground allspice
ground cardamon
ground ginger
ground mace
ground nutmet


 

Condiments
chicken broth
beef broth
chutney
hoisin sauce
honey
horseradish
gelatin
ketchup
maple syrup
mayonnaise
molasses
mustard (regular & Dijon)
peanut butter
pickles (sweet, dill & relish)
salsa
sliced pimientos
soy sauce
Terikiyi sauce
Worcestershire sauce

Oils
extra-virgin olive oil
vegetable oil
walnut oil

Milks
evaporated milk
powdered buttermilk
powdered milk
sweetened condensed milk

Canned Goods
black beans
canned fruits
canned vegetables
clams
cherries (for cherry jubilee)
cream of mushroom soup
kidney beans
mushrooms
olives (green and black)
pork and beans
salmon
tuna fish

Misc.
coffee (regular or decaf)
tea (various types)

Extracts
almond extract
pure vanilla extract
vanilla beans

Liquors
Marsala wine
port wine
red wine
white wine

Gourmet Items
anchovies
artichoke hearts
capers
caviar
curry paste
dried mushrooms
olive paste
pesto
roasted peppers
shrimp & crab boil
smoked oysters
white truffle oil

Fresh Produce
fresh herbs (various)
lemons and limes (a must for juice)
garlic bulbs
onions (red & white)
potatoes

Refrigerator or Freezer Staples
butter
cream (heavy or whipping)
eggs
parmesan cheese (not grated but a chunk)
sour cream
various cheeses
various nuts
 

 

Kitchen Essentials:


Utensils

2 sets of measuring spoons
2 sets of dry measuring cups
2 glass liquid measuring cups
1-quart liquid measuring cup 
apple slicer
Mango slicer
biscuit cutter
bulb baster
can opener
citrus juicer
coffee scoop
colander
cooking thermometer (all purpose)
corkscrew
cutting boards (wood and plastic)
funnel
garlic press
ginger grater
graters (large & hand-held)
ice cream scoop
kitchen tongs (long and short)
long-handled fork
meat pounder
melon baller
mesh strainers
mortar and pestle
nutcracker
pepper grinder
pizza cutter
potato ricer or masher
salad spinner
skewers (metal or wood)
slotted spoons
soup ladle
spatulas, rubber (3 or 4 of various sizes and 1 high-heat)
strawberry huller
tea kettle
timers
turner
vegetable peeler
vegetable brush
vegetable steamer (collapsible)
wire whisk or hard rubber whisk
wooden spoons (3 to 4)
zester
 

Baking Dishes
baking dishes (multiple sizes)
microwave-safe casserole with lid
mixing bowls (4 or more sizes)
pasta bowl (serving)
plastic or glass containers (for storage)
salad bowl (serving)
small ingredient dishes (various sizes)



 


Pots & Pans

broiler pan
cast-iron frying pan
double boiler
Dutch oven
frying pans (8" & 10") I have more than one
of each

large saute pan
roasting pan
saucepans (1-qt., 2-qt. and 3 qt.)
stockpot (8 quart)

 

Cutlery
carving knife
chef's knife
kitchen shears
paring knifes (2 to 3)
serrated bread knife
serrated tomato knife
sharpening steel
steak knives (optional)
 

Baking Equipment
angel food cake pan
baking sheet with rim
cooling racks (2)
flat baking sheets (2)
flour sifter
glass pie plates (2)
loaf pans (2)
muffin tins (2)
oven baking stone (pizzas and bread)
pastry blender
pastry brush
pastry scraper
rolling pin
round cake pans (2)
springform pan (9") I have more than one size
square baking pan (9"x9")
Silpads (rubber baking mats)
 

Electronics
Bread Maker
coffee maker
coffee grinder
food processor
hand immersion blender (optional)
heavy-duty blender
kitchen scale
microwave oven
standing mixer
waffle iron (optional)
slow cooker (crock pot)

 

 

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