Guide to A Well Stocked Pantry

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Have you ever looked in the fridge and panicked because you don’t have a clue what to make for dinner and it’s already 6:00 pm? Having a well stocked pantry can help you in a pinch when you haven’t planed ahead. This list is a great jumping off point for you to create a stock of shelf stable items to your pantry.

Organization Tips:

1. Purchase inexpensive mason jars in different sizes for storage

2. Keep a chalk board or dry erase board near the pantry to write down when you run out of an item

3. Put away items by grouping them into types (see below) so they are easy to find


Oils, Vinegars & Condiments

Extra-virgin olive oil (for salad dressings)

Unrefined coconut oil (for cooking and baking)

Ghee (clarified butter for cooking)

Sesame oil

Vinegars: balsamic, red wine, white wine, rice wine, Braggs apple cider


Tamari or Braggs amino acids

Hoisin sauce

Chile-garlic sauce

Curry paste


Dijon Mustard

Organic Ketchup



Canned and Bottled Goods

Whole, diced and pureed tomatoes; tomato sauce; tomato paste

100% cranberry juice

Organic broths (tetra packs are even better than canned)

Coconut milk

Canned beans: black, pinto, cannellini, kidney, chickpeas

Artichoke hearts



Grains and Beans/Legumes

Dried beans/legumes: black, pinto, cannellini, kidney, chickpeas, lentils

Brown Rice




Wheat berries

Wild rice

Oats (steel cut and rolled)

Whole wheat couscous

Whole wheat, buckwheat, corn/quinoa pasta


Nuts, Seeds and Dried Fruit

Cranberries (unsweetened)





Raw almonds


Pine nuts

Pumpkin seeds

Sesame seeds

Chia seeds

Flax seeds

Hemp seeds

Organic unsweetened nut butters: peanut*, almond, hazelnut



Baking Supplies

Flours: Whole wheat, Whole wheat pastry, oat, almond, buckwheat

Yeast – slow rising and/or quick rising

Oat bran

Stone ground cornmeal

Whole wheat panko breadcrumbs

Plain whole wheat breadcrumbs


Coconut sugar

Unpasteurized honey

Pure maple syrup

Pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

Cacao powder

Baking powder

Baking soda

Arrowroot powder

Non-dairy milks (unsweetened): coconut, almond, hemp, rice



Dried herbs: parsley, oregano, basil, dill, sage, thyme, bay leaves, Herbamare

Spices: ground cumin, chili powder, ground ginger, cayenne, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, coriander, curry powder, dry mustard, paprika, crushed red pepper, turmeric, peppercorns

Salt: Kosher, Sea (fine and coarse)

*technically a legume and not a nut


Do you need help reorganizing your pantry? If you live in Northern MA, or Southern NH, check out my Kitchen Refresh service:

What’s in your pantry? Have anything you would add to the list? Comment and let me know!



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