A-Z Pantry Essentials

Ok, I know what you’re thinking.. ” How the hell am I supposed to afford all this?” It’s true, having a well stocked pantry and spice cupboard is going to take money, but most importantly, time. You’re not expected to go out and buy everything in one grocery trip. I stock up when things are reduced to sell, and gather spices when needed for a recipe (bulk barn is best). It’s taken a couple of years for my Pantry to have all these items. But knowing I have them makes for a much more enjoyable cooking experience, and now when a recipe requires many ingredients, I’m often only running out to grab 1 or 2 that I may be missing. Here is an A-Z look at what you should have on hand in your Pantry and Spice Cupboard.



  • Allspice
  • Basil
  • Bay Leaves
  • Cayenne
  • Chili flakes
  • Chives
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Curry Powder
  • Celery Salt
  • Cinnamon, Cinnamon sticks
  • cloves
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Dill Weed
  • Fennel seeds
  • Ginger
  • Garlic powder, Garlic Salt
  • Italian seasoning
  • Marjoram
  • Mustard seed
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Peppercorns, black and pink
  • Rosemary
  • Salt
  • Summer Savory
  • Sage
  • Star Anise
  • Saffron
  • Sesame seeds
  • Tumeric
  • Thyme
  • Tarragon
  • Vanilla

Canned and Dried Goods:

  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Bouillon Cubes: Beef, Chicken and Vegetable
  • Broths: Beef, Chicken and Vegetable
  • Breadcrumbs: Panko, Italian
  • Capers
  • Cornstarch
  • Coconut Milk
  • Coconut: shaved and unsweetened
  • Canned Goods: Diced/ chunks of Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Sweet Canned Corn.
  • Chia seeds
  • Eggs
  • Fish sauce
  • Flours: All purpose, blending, bread, gluten free
  • Gluten free pasta ( for guests)
  • Honey
  • Ketchup
  • Legumes: Chick peas, lentils, Kidney beans, black beans.
  • Mayo
  • Mustards: Dijon, yellow, honey mustard, mustard seed
  • Oils: extra virgin/ Olive, sesame, canola
  • Oyster sauce
  • Pasta (dried): spaghetti, penne, vermicelli, linguini
  • Quinoa
  • Rice: Basmati, jasmine, long grain, Arborio (risotto purposes)
  • Sugars: Brown, fine white, icing sugar, Simple syrup
  • Salt: pink Himalayan, coarse sea salt, table salt
  • Soy sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Tabasco
  • Vinegars: White/red wine, balsamic, apple cider, rice vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Yeast



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