Stocking Your Kitchen Pantry

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Stocking Your Kitchen Pantry – I have been asked these questions several time by readers. “How To Stock Your Kitchen 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 this list – Stocking your kitchen pantry.  I have also included a list of kitchen essential that every kitchen needs to run smoothly.  One of the worst things to experience is when you do not have the right tool or ingredient for a new recipe.  This list will help you to learn how to stock your kitchen pantry like an experienced cook.

Having a well stocked pantry is like money in the bank.  With the right basic supplies on hand, you will be prepared to put together a family meal or a last minute dinner for friends.  One of the keys to making simple home cooking easy is having staple foods in your pantry, that are available any time you need them.  If you stock your kitchen with the right basics, then cooking will be easier and much less stressful because you can whip up a health meal without much planning.  Every cook needs a well-stocked pantry.

No matter if you are a seasoned chef or starting your first apartment, it is great to have a checklist for staple items you should have on hand. You may have some other items you consider staples, such as salad dressing or barbecue sauce, but those items can be made if you have the staples required to make you own.

 

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)
Milks
evaporated milk
powdered buttermilk
powdered milk
sweetened condensed milk
Vinegar
apple cider vinegar
balsamic vinegar
red wine vinegar
raspberry vinegar
rice vinegar
white wine vinegar
Misc.
coffee (regular or decaf)
tea (various types)
Spices
cinnamon (ground & whole sticks)
cloves (ground & whole)
ground allspice
ground cardamon
ground ginger
ground mace
ground nutmeg
Gourmet Items
anchovies
artichoke hearts
capers
caviar
curry paste
dried mushrooms
olive paste
pesto
roasted peppers
shrimp & crab boil
smoked oysters
white truffle oil
Oils
extra-virgin olive oil
vegetable oil
walnut oil
Refrigerator or Freezer Staples
butter
cream (heavy or whipping)
eggs
parmesan cheese (not grated but a chunk)
sour cream
various cheeses
various nuts
Dried Pasta
angel hair
egg noodles
fettuccine
fusille
lasagna
linguine
penna
spaghetti
Extracts
almond extract
pure vanilla extract
vanilla beans
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
Liquors
Marsala wine
port wine
red wine
white wine
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
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
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
Fresh Produce
fresh herbs (various)
lemons and limes (a must for juice)
garlic bulbs
onions (red & white)
potatoes

 

 

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 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")
Sil pads (rubber baking mats)
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)
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)
Cutlery
carving knife
chef's knife
kitchen shears
paring knifes (2 to 3)
serrated bread knife
serrated tomato knife
sharpening steel
steak knives (optional)

 

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