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How to Stock a Pantry

Pantry essentials for easy home cooking.

Stock your kitchen with these basics and you'll always have a dinner backup plan.




The Bare Minimum

These are the essential six staples to always have on hand.

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar


    Canned Goods

    Chicken broth and beef broth are good to have if you make gravies or sauces in which liquid is cooked down, or "reduced." The salty flavor of broth gives these dishes extra punch.

    • Chicken stock or broth
    • Beef stock or broth
    • Canned tomatoes
    • Tomato sauce
    • Tomato paste
    • Can/jar of marinara sauce
    • Canned beans: white, black, kidney
    • Tuna


      Starches and Dry Goods

      Does your family eat a lot of pasta? Do you prepare stir-fries and other Asian dishes? Stock up on what you like to eat.

      • Pasta (in various shapes, strands, and tubes)
      • Long-grain white rice
      • Jasmine or basmati rice
      • Lentils
      • Split peas
      • Dried bread crumbs


        The Root Cellar

        Store these in a cool, dark, well-ventilated area--never in plastic bags or in the refrigerator.

        • Potatoes
        • Onions
        • Garlic


          Condiments

          • Vinegars (balsamic, cider, white, sherry, and wine vinegars)
          • Soy sauce
          • Worcestershire sauce
          • Hot sauce


            The Spice Rack

            • Dried basil
            • Bay leaves
            • Cayenne or
              Crushed red pepper flakes
            • Curry powder
            • Seasoned salt
            • Chili powder
            • Cumin
            • Cinnamon
            • Garlic powder
            • Onion powder
            • Oregano
            • Paprika
            • Dried parsley


              The Almost-Bare Fridge

              • Eggs
              • Milk
              • Butter or margarine
              • Ketchup
              • Mustard (yellow, Dijon, whole grain)
              • Mayonnaise
              • Parmesan cheese
              • Other cheese


                The Freezer

                • Frozen corn
                • Frozen spinach
                • Frozen peas
                • Ground beef
                • Chicken breasts

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                  Comments
                  alison 
                  Nov. 3, 2009 11:09 pm
                  as a budding cook, i was just thinking recently that it would be nice to know what to stock up on beforehand so i could cook the recipes in my cookbook easily...these lists are great...thanks a lot
                   
                  Nov. 22, 2009 11:00 am
                  I like to keep a bag of frozen stirfry veggies in the freezer as well, it can make a quick meal by just adding your choice of meat.
                   
                  starrynights 
                  Dec. 2, 2009 8:01 pm
                  I love this site, thank you for the help, I plan on becoming a supporting member as soon as I can- the recession is hitting hard here but again I thank you for your assistance in making meals on a budget and with variety. Bless you!!
                   
                  Dec. 31, 2009 2:23 pm
                  This list really helps...I often wondered what were the "basics" that I needed in my pantry. Thanks.
                   
                  Nibs1 
                  Feb. 6, 2010 2:14 pm
                  I like to keep a pack of frozen peppers and onions in my freezer as well.
                   
                  Jun. 2, 2010 9:21 pm
                  Great list, but one question: You have almond extract on the list, but where's the vanilla?
                   
                  Baye 
                  Jun. 3, 2010 5:33 am
                  Great list. The additions listed in the comments are also helpful. It took a few years before I could become a supporting member, but I am glad that I did. I want this site around--always. It has incredibly helpful for me.
                   
                  Jim 
                  Jun. 3, 2010 5:35 am
                  It seems that I have the perfect pantry, I would just add more whole grain products.
                   
                  joathome 
                  Jun. 3, 2010 6:34 am
                  My pantry does not need any tweaking. It does have additional foods like my home canned applesauce and jams. Because we eat old-fashioned oatmeal for breakfast (incidentally the cheapest way to eat breakfast), I also store a bag or two of that on my shelves.
                   
                  ladywalker 
                  Jun. 3, 2010 9:29 am
                  Thanks for publixhing this list. I am finishing my first year as a "Family and Consumer Science" teacher (ie Home Ec), and will share this list with the students as they finish up the class.
                   
                  CCEA 
                  Jun. 3, 2010 10:55 am
                  I'm not a new cook, but this article was very helpful in reminding me of some of the basics. Thanks!
                   
                  Jun. 3, 2010 11:17 am
                  LOVE this! When I was growing up, it always seemed like homemakers just knew what to keep in their pantry. I have not figured it out until that last 3 or so years. Yes, it took me almost 18yrs to figure it out! This would be great to give any new married couple.
                   
                  SIERRA00 
                  Jun. 3, 2010 3:45 pm
                  Please give an option to print these wonderful lists out. Thank you!
                   
                  Alie 
                  Jun. 4, 2010 7:55 am
                  this list is so ironic for me. i have all of these items except about 4 things..which i don't buy 3 of the 4...hahaa thnx for reminding of the simple things we need.
                   
                  Connie 
                  Jun. 4, 2010 9:33 am
                  What a wonderful idea for a shower gift to receive a basket filled with all the staples the happy could needs to set up their pantry. Connie
                   
                  Kathy 
                  Jun. 7, 2010 9:01 am
                  This is a good list and I have some things that are not listed here. I just printed and taped to the inside door of my pantry. When I use up an item, I mark it on the list to pick up next time at the store.
                   
                  Leanne 
                  Jun. 7, 2010 7:54 pm
                  this list is great I have almost all of it in my pantry but another great staple is ramen noodles you can do alot with them and if you have kids its already a major staple. thanks I love this site
                   
                  Jul. 1, 2010 6:12 pm
                  :) yes, Ramen Noodles. If you have kids around you have Ramen Noodles. I've used them as a budget side (kids LOVE them) . I've turned them into a quick emergency main dish by adding meats,etc. chicken noodle soup always results in request for more after they eat the noodles. Break up Ramen Noodles when you make it and your soup has oodles of noodles in every bite. Yes! Ramen Noodles are a staple at our house as well!
                   
                  rainydayshades 
                  Jul. 6, 2010 7:35 am
                  This is really helpful! I was also looking for a list of sorts which would tell me about the basics kitchen ingredients
                   
                  hermanabauer 
                  Jul. 10, 2010 11:22 pm
                  Don't forget that Ramen Noodles give your salad added dimension. Just don't add them too soon or they absorb moisture and lose that yummy crunch.
                   
                  Aaron 
                  Jul. 27, 2010 12:05 pm
                  Seriously Ramen Noodles? THOSE are the last thing a kid should eat. All that sodium. Now if you are just talking about using the noodles in dishes... I guess thats ok... but man those should NEVER be a staple in a home.
                   
                  Aug. 2, 2010 3:00 pm
                  One thing I always do... when peppers are on sale (red, green and yellow), I buy a bunch, plus some onions. I then cut them into three different styles and freeze them in bags in the freezer. Then I can easily add them to recipes. 1. Minced 2. Chopped 3. Strips I ALWAYS find something to which I like to add "Peppers 'n Onions" and it's SO easy to grab them from the freezer rather than cutting up fresh ones each time. 1. Minced 2. Chopped 3. Strips
                   
                  sarahK 
                  Aug. 7, 2010 11:38 am
                  I always keep cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, and frozen mix vegetables on hand.
                   
                  sunflower46 
                  Sep. 23, 2010 8:59 pm
                  I:am making cookbooks for my two daughters of my recipes and going to include this as well.
                   
                  Sep. 29, 2010 2:06 pm
                  I liked this list, use it as a starting point. Obviously adding for meals that my family prefers. Don't live close to a store and not willing to run out for just one item.
                   
                  Taza 
                  Oct. 18, 2010 4:07 pm
                  Thanks u guys never let me down on this sight everything i need u provide u guys rock!
                   
                  AlliB 
                  Apr. 10, 2011 7:48 pm
                  Is there a list like this for the Gluten Free diet? I am recently diagnosed and have no idea what to keep in my kitchen anymore to make the foods I love
                   
                  Carson 
                  Jul. 10, 2011 12:53 am
                  In light of the economic disaster we're in the midst of, I have stocked our pantry with 50 lbs. or more of 6 different flours, 4 types of rice, 8 types of beans, 70+ spices, dried milk & eggs, nearly 1,000 caned goods incl, olives, beans, corn, mushrooms, soup & tomatoes. Yeast, cornstarch, baking powder & soda are a must! I can from the garden. Needless to say, we eat well ~~~ and intend to in the future! All stored foods (except canned goods) are in 5 Gal. pails with oxygen absorbers and silica gel.
                   
                  Carson 
                  Jul. 10, 2011 1:09 am
                  I MUST agree with 'spicipe'! "Spicy Packets" are a luxury. Hollandaise, Berinaise, Taco Seasoning, Onion Soup Mix, Bullion Cubes, Gravy Mixes are a MUST!
                   
                  Carson 
                  Jul. 10, 2011 1:23 am
                  Honey, salt, molasses, oats & extracts should go on the list as well.
                   
                  vh 
                  Jul. 24, 2011 11:11 am
                  A well stocked pantry is essential for a great, creative cook. Just knowing what you have on hand, keeping up, all helps to live life without running to the store for one item. (Go Green!) Another essential perspective, in my opinion, with regard to "pantry": adjust your cooking practices so as to keep your ingrediants as fresh as possible. I try to use up everything I have (ingrediants) every 6 months. Example: I shop sales, stock up, find new recipes, buy new exciting ingrediants. On the 6th month, I try to use up all my freezer contents, cupboard contents, canned goods, spices, seasonings, etc, as much as possible. (get creative, search for new recipes online for your ingrediants on hand) A well-stocked pantry is great; a well-stock pantry full of fresh stuff is the bomb!
                   
                  vh 
                  Jul. 24, 2011 11:24 am
                  Ramen noodles, best pasta ever! Cooks quick, and I love the texture! Too much sodium? Throw that seasoning packet in the trash; I haven't used the seasoning in 10 years!
                   
                  Liz 
                  Oct. 4, 2011 9:48 am
                  Don't forget rolled oats! Perfect for making your own flavored oatmeal (much cheaper), oatmeal cookies, and my husband prefers rolled oats in place of bread crumbs in meat loaf!
                   
                  Dec. 17, 2011 8:49 am
                  I also like to keep frozen peppers/onions on hand.I also keeplots of cream soups and Bisquick mix.This gets me through 2 months for a family of 3. A $75 a wk.groc.budget is hard.Glad this site helps me alot. THANKS
                   
                  ckthecerealkiller 
                  Jan. 3, 2012 3:27 pm
                  Wow I have everything on the list but curry powder (I use sriracha), frozen spinach I hate, and no lentils cause they cost too much. I also have 95% of everything on the Italy, Mexico China, and Japan basics.... Think I cook enough?
                   
                  Jan. 3, 2012 5:10 pm
                  this is an amazing starter list! I have been looking for years and I have every 1 of these ingredients in my pantry. I definitely agree with each others who I added oatmeal and cream soup on their list. I try to keep my pantry healthy by using the whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat noodles, and whole wheat flour. I also like to have on hand lots of different kinds of frozen mixed vegetables they can go in a variety of dishes like soup/stews & stir fry. Thanks allrecipes!
                   
                  RoxyRoo'd 
                  Feb. 18, 2012 8:13 am
                  This is a great list and I've been following it pretty closely (without realizing it!) for about 20 years. Some additions: Peanut Butter, Seasame Oil, Diced Green Chiles, and Coconut Milk. (I like to try a lot of Thai and Mexican recipes.) Thank you Allrecipes!!
                   
                  Denise 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 12:11 am
                  Great ideas now I can organize my pantry better
                   
                  Sully 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 1:53 am
                  I have about half the lists in my pantry. The other half are simply not available where I live. Most canned goods including canned soup I have to make from scratch. Half the seasonings are either not here or I haven't learned how to ask for them yet. Frozen vegies, cheese and many other dairy products are also not here. It is so hard to cook western food in China! One thing this site could use is a "From Scratch" filter. Nothing I hate more than seeing a good recipe and clicking on it to find half the ingredients are canned or prepared frozen goods I can not buy without a trip to Beijing!
                   
                  anne1942 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 2:58 am
                  Please make this list easier to copy and save. I'm not a great computer person. Thanks.
                   
                  Mar. 21, 2012 3:40 am
                  Please make this much easier to save. I would like to use this as a guide not only for myself butas a guide when shopping for others who are home bound. I would like to keep it to pass on to newly weds. It would make a great shower idea. Thanks
                   
                  Ida-Mae 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 4:30 am
                  It IS important to have a well stocked kitchen. I have most of these items in mine, but since I am a Senior, I have minimal quantities. One thing I must stress, are you listening Carson?, is to watch the dates on all your items. Expiry dates means get rid of the item within the next few days. Best before dates have a shelf life of 3 - 6 months later. We don't want food poisoning, do we? Happy eating!!
                   
                  Marlys 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 4:52 am
                  I'm happy to see the "extras" list...I've always considered most of those items as essential in my pantry. I do think, however, that your list is sorely lacking in whole grains. Perhaps you imply it in your "starches" list, but I think it needs to be specific...whole wheat or whole grain pasta, barley, quinoa, farrow, oats, etc. the distinction is important. Also dried beans are by far cheaper than canned.
                   
                  Holly Garrett 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 5:49 am
                  I keep both celery salt and seed, brown sugar and "salad dressing" like Miracle Whip in my pantry as essentials. The rest of the list pretty much covers the basics. Love having a bag of frozen ravioli in the freezer for "emergencies." Somebody forgot to include coffee and tea, too. The rule at our house is that when you take the last item off the shelf in the pantry, it goes on the shopping list for that week.
                   
                  2Jaded 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 6:10 am
                  I also keep cans of chopped tomatoes with chilis, or basil and garlic, along with black olives, beans, frozen shrimp, feta cheese, and whole grain pastas. You can throw together a ton of meals with these additions!
                   
                  Shari 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 6:35 am
                  It was so fun to just see what my pantry needed, and find out of all the things listed I was missing only 2 items of which I put on my groshry list.
                   
                  britatheart 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 6:59 am
                  Not bad, but it is missing a few things; vanilla, and as others have suggested, some other frozen items as well, like stir fry veggies, peppers & onions, etc. Any different suggestions for vegetarians?
                   
                  Dawn 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 7:01 am
                  Canned tomatoes are one of the most dangerous things you can eat. The lining of all canned products is treated with toxic BPA and for some reason reacts with the acidic tomatoes to make them very toxic. I am waiting for someone, anyone? to offer us preserved tomatoes in glass jars in the grocery aisles....anybody?? Please??
                   
                  sbrannon 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 7:54 am
                  Frozen chopped onion and green pepper and just about any frozen vegetable is my mainstay! It saves tons of time.
                   
                  lstn1drlnd 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 7:57 am
                  I have to say I am surprised to see sugar over flour on the bare minimum list. Flour is essential to thicken anything.
                   
                  Mar. 21, 2012 8:04 am
                  I have all of them in my pantry didn't know how well my pantry was stocked. I guess I am doing something right
                   
                  Mar. 21, 2012 8:09 am
                  The list is fantastic. I found that of all the items on the list I'm missing one and that is by choice. I never buy hamburger because I don't eat red meat and very little chicken. Shrimp and two different types of fish. Talapi when I want fried fish and flounder or something else that's firm. That list is all across the board for a lot of dishes, be it soul food, all American, Caribbean, Italian, or Chinese.
                   
                  Rusty 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 8:16 am
                  Some of the best things I ever put in my mouth started here on this site. People put thier best taste here. I cook most of the meals in my house, the wife does breakfast, and every meal starts here. Thanks to all...
                   
                  pauline1931 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 8:28 am
                  I have most of the above items in my pantry, but then I've been cooking for many years. One thing I do keep is a good brand of canned clams, bottled clam juice and fresh garlic. In minutes (as long as it takes to cook the pasta) I can make a white clam sauce over any type of pasta. If you like it red, just add a small amount of tomato sauce. If you like clams, this is always a hit.
                   
                  Rome Richardson 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 8:55 am
                  I have almost everything mentioned in your list. What a great list to have posted inside my cupboard. One more thing that I always have handy is my own Mexican-type marinara sauce that I keep in freezer baggies for when I want to make Huevos Rancheros, I don't have to cook the sauce forever to get rid of the tinny taste of canned tomato sauce.
                   
                  Pam 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 9:13 am
                  Dawn, there is a brand of tomato sauces called Pomi, which I expect will become very popular once more people become aware of the dangers of BPA. Unfortunately I think that had a lot to do with my cats' declining health in their senior years. There are a lot of canned products that don't contain BPA lining, why don't more companies quit using it? (and given the greedy nature of corporations, shorter shelf life could only benefit them)
                   
                  jolynn 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 9:27 am
                  These are just basics and bare minimum that you could follow but everyone has some version of their own but for those starting out this will definitely work! My son just married and even though she doesn't cook much my son does and he learned from me alot of more exotic dishes so I made sure he had a box of interesting spices for their pantry!
                   
                  Emmalee 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 9:35 am
                  I really enjoyed this!:) My pantry is mostly overly stocked so this was a great reminder of what i really need :)
                   
                  Janet In Plano, Tx 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 10:41 am
                  Great list. Thought it was funny though that I have everything on the list always stocked!! I raised three sons mostly as a single parent (now all grown & very healthy) & alot of times we ate on $25 to $30 a week. I spend very little on groceries still & we always eat well, thanks to these basics. I always buy ground beef or ground chuck, chicken breasts & frozen veggies along with the other basics when they are on sale...so I never run out & always have plenty!! The other basics I try to always have are oatmeal, peanut butter & jelly (mainly for young kids visiting) & bananas!!! I try to catch different varieties of fish on sale too on occasion!! Just a note-all three of my sons are great cooks & can create something out of nothing because I was at work and there weren't alot of snacks in the home. Just good basic, healthy food that had to be cooked!!
                   
                  Shar 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 10:44 am
                  Good to know I am well stocked! I also buy a large bag of frozen veggies and divide into smaller individual packs for freezer. Can do the same with berries for desserts. Economical and time saving.
                   
                  Eileena 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 10:48 am
                  I tried to copy this and ended up with 6 pages of comments! It would be nice if we could just copy the main part and not comments! Its a waste of paper.
                   
                  patty 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 10:53 am
                  Why can't I print this list. It would be very convenient to be able to just tape it up on the pantry door and not have to consult site every time. Is it just me that would appreciate this?
                   
                  Lorraine 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 11:11 am
                  I, too, would appreciate a printed list of items of How to stock a pantry without all of the added comments. Hope enough of us request it and make it happen.
                   
                  Shamalama 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 11:30 am
                  This is excellent information and so very helpful. I so enjoy your website, and info like this makes it even more practical!!! Thank you so much. ****Note about printing list - all webpages are printable via your computer (if connected to a printer) regardless if there is a print button on the page. Just hit CTRL & P at the same time. The print window should come up to print to your local printer**
                   
                  ron95672 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 11:53 am
                  When you go to print, a little box on the left side comes up that says, PRINT RANGE. You can choose to print ALL or one page at a time to avoid printing 6 pages.
                   
                  Tracysnbb 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 12:12 pm
                  I might be loosing it, but Happyabqcook mentioned almond extract, I can't find it on my list. Am I just missing It? Otherwise, I'm supprised to find everything else on the list (I see ) In my kichen.
                   
                  Mar. 21, 2012 1:31 pm
                  My youngest daughter just called me the other day and asked me what are the essentials for the kitchen...needless to say I emailed this to her! Thank you
                   
                  robin 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 1:54 pm
                  I haven't seen brown sugar on any list yet. That's a must for my kitchen. I usually try to stock it along with powdered sugar, cocoa, flour at Christmas tim when the supermarkets have them on sale.
                   
                  Tracysnbb 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 2:34 pm
                  I am so impressed w/ Carson!
                   
                  Mar. 21, 2012 2:44 pm
                  I have everything except cumin, even thr cream soups & dried beans. We chop, dice & strip peppers & chop onions for the freezer from the garden on a rainy summer day. Cut roma tomatoes in half, drop them in a gallon freezer bag. Easy to skin - just defrost & peel with fingers. Don't like canned, try Hunts (white lining) or the ones in waxed cardboard boxes. We also make soup base ahead. Ham, turkey, chicken, beef - make the stock, put it in ziplock & freeze, With staples you're ready for anything. We have 4 teens. If I lived in an area where my electric went out, I'd invest in a generator. What I need help with is a list of substitutes. Like if you need buttermilk - add is it 1/4 or 1 tablespoon of vinigar to a cup of milk. 1/2 ripe banana = 1/2 cup sugar. There are lots of them. Can anyone remember what your grandparents did during the depression? That's a list worth a lot.
                   
                  foodieforpeace 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 4:16 pm
                  A well stocked pantry changes the way you eat. Ours is quite a bit more extensive as we are foodies (we freeze nuts of several varieties, have alot of Asian ingredients and then some). One tip: As you start your last item of a type from your pantry, get it on our shopping list. You will never run out that way...
                   
                  suewho 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 4:29 pm
                  Just a note on canned tomatoes: buy tomatos in glass jars or tetrapaks, avoid cans. Search dirty dozen foods for more.
                   
                  Barbcat 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 7:24 pm
                  Arrange the staples list according to the layout of your grocery store, and add any personal favorites that are staples for your family. Print copies, keep on a clipboard, w/ a pen, in your kitchen, and checkmark each item as you find you need it. Write in any other things you need. Before shopping, go look at each item in your pantry to see if you have enough to last until next week's shopping trip. If so, you don't need it, except as emergency stock. Take list to grocery each week, and needed items are all in the order of the aisles. No stress, no backtracking, no forgotten items. Great list, plus peanut butter and vanilla. PS I keep all grains and flours in the freezer for longer shelf life.
                   
                  Barbcat 
                  Mar. 21, 2012 7:25 pm
                  Forgot to mention that this shoppint list set up is much easier in your computer in wordprocessing than any other way . . .
                   
                  Judith 
                  Mar. 22, 2012 10:00 am
                  I would add carrots, celery and a bell pepper to the frig items. :)
                   
                  Patrick 
                  Mar. 22, 2012 11:17 am
                  I would not be without PANKO breadcrumbs. Also red and white (dry) wines.
                   
                  foxy 
                  Mar. 22, 2012 12:40 pm
                  Barbara--love you tips on organizing the pantry--that is my biggest downfall--then I end up with way too much tomato sauce and no chicken broth. I am going to make time to list it and check it off when I use it and cross off the last check when I refill---thanks for the tip.
                   
                  nanny1929 
                  Mar. 22, 2012 3:12 pm
                  The list is easy to copy. I highlighted the list, hit Control C and pasted it in Word. Then I made double columns, adjusted the text size, color, etc. and saved it to the hard drive.
                   
                  Megan 
                  Mar. 23, 2012 6:54 am
                  Tomatoes~ It is very easy to get around canned tomatoes! Purchase larger quantities of fresh tomtoes that were grown the way you're comfortable with and then freeze them, whole, in ziplock freezer bags. making sauces? Need whole, chopped or diced tomatoes? Simply take out your frozen whole tomatoes, add a little water to the bottom of a large sauce pan or dutch oven and cook them down from frozen, season to taste and enjoy! Takes less time than processing dry beans by far, and no harmful chemicals from canning! Buy extra tomatoes when they are in season and save money too! Freeze them straight from your garden and lock in the summer! No additives required.
                   
                  dnmetz 
                  Mar. 26, 2012 12:42 am
                  for all of you asking about and wanting to print just the list do this- Highlight just the list with your mouse. right click and hit copy then open word and paste the list into it and then you can print just the list with no comments
                   
                  Charlottevh 
                  Apr. 10, 2012 6:34 am
                  Thank you for this list. I used to have one of these and then the cookbook that it was in completely fell apart. I always knew that I had everything I would need if I used that list. Now, that I have memory problems due to taking to many drugs to combat a long-lasting illness, I know that I can still stock my pantry adequately for when I cook and when one of the marvelous girls from one of the health companies comes in to help. I want to say a HUGE thank you!
                   
                  flshgordon01@yahoo.com 
                  Apr. 18, 2012 12:12 am
                  as a young boy i taught myself how to cook to survive it didnt have to taste good just be able to heat and eat . as i am now a father of to growing boys i would like to help them learn to be good cooks and this site has done 2 very important things for my family 1 we are learning to cook tasty healthy meals and 2 it has brought my family closer together we all share the chore of cooking weather it be setting the table or planning the meal we are a cooking family and for the closeness this has given our family a am very greatful to you for that i am hoping to become a contributing member as soon as i get back to work again thank you and keep up the great work
                   
                  May 4, 2012 11:51 am
                  I have a family member who is getting married and setting up their kitchen...this is an excellent source for the basics...AR, you are wonderful!! Love this site!!
                   
                  Frances Brown 
                  Jul. 1, 2012 10:27 am
                  How can I print this list for a Perfect Pantry? For It is a great list.
                   
                  Kathryn vG 
                  Mar. 5, 2013 1:04 pm
                  I have been looking for a list like this for years. Thanks so much for publishing it and sharing it. I got a lot of help from the other posts as well for additional things I may need for my pantry. I would add dry milk, Bisquick, saltine crackers, and sweet & low because I am a diabetic. I also like to keep quick meals on hand like Macaroni & cheese or frozen dinners in case I need to eat something quickly. Peanut butter is a must as well as bread.
                   
                  Tulie 
                  Feb. 12, 2014 7:57 am
                  please put a PRINT icon on this article.
                   
                   
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