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What items do you like to keep stocked in your pantry?? 


I like to have on hand:

-- onions and garlic

--beans (white, black, and pinto) and rice (brown and white basmati or jasmine)

--chicken broth or stock

--whole peeled tomatoes

--flour (whole wheat, unbleached, and bread) and baking supplies


Other items come and go, but those are my main staples. 




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What items do you like to keep stocked in your pantry?? 


I like to have on hand:

-- onions and garlic

--beans (white, black, and pinto) and rice (brown and white basmati or jasmine)

--chicken broth or stock

--whole peeled tomatoes

--flour (whole wheat, unbleached, and bread) and baking supplies


Other items come and go, but those are my main staples. 




All of this and,


mais for tortillas

brown sugar

canned tuna

canned beets (to add to rice, potatoes or other veg - or just to eat)


shredded coconut

coconut milk


I get twitchy when I get low on any of the above  : )


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- several dozen jars of herbs and spices, extracts

- coconut, olive, canola, and peanut oil

- baking items (whole wheat flour, white flour, white sugar, turbinado sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, arrowroot, tapioca starch, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, coconut flour, almond meal, and some other items)

- grains (wheat, barley, popcorn, brown rice, quinoa, couscous, corn meal)

- a bunch of different shapes of pasta

- canned tomato sauce and pasta sauce

- cold cereal and oatmeal

- coffee and teas

- nuts (peanuts, cashews, pistacios, walnuts, and pecans)

- home canned items (peaches, salsa, pickles, applesauce, and several kinds of jams)

- meats (tuna and beef jerky)

- condiments (I stock up on these with coupons: ketchup, several kind of mustard, organic mayo, salad dressing, steak sauce, hot sauce, and bbq sauce)

- juice (bottles for home and boxes for school)

- canned pumpkin (the only canned veggie we like)- 

- evaporated, powdered, and sweetened condensed milk

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Baking staples: 

-flour (whole wheat, all purpose and bread), cornmeal, large flake oatmeal 

-sugar (white and brown)

-baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch etc. 



Cooking staples: 

- pasta 

- rice noodles

- ramen and soba noodles

- rice (brown, arborio)

- couscous, quinoa, bulger or similar  

- beans (kidney and black) 

- diced tomato

- tuna and salmon

- chicken stock, vegetable broth, beef stock

- olive oil, vegetable oil (sunflower, safflower or grapeseed) 

- vinegar (cider, malt, balsamic, white wine) 

- red vermouth (terrific substitute if you don't want to open a bottle of red wine) 

- white vermouth (ditto re: white wine) 



- soy sauce

- fish sauce

- Sriracha

- sweet chili sauce

- chipotles

- ketchup

- mustard (usually grainy and dijon) 

- mayonnaise and recently, Vegannaise 

- dried herbs



- garlic

- onions

- lemons and limes 



- coffee

- tea

- cocoa/hot chocolate

- peanut butter 



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We're a gluten, dairy, cane sugar, and tomato free household. Vegetarians too.



Homemade vegetable broth

Homemade sauces in ice cube size cubes

Homemade gravy in ice cube size cubes

Homemade mung bean tortillas

Homemade almond flour bread

Homecooked beans--black, great northern, pinto

Homemade bread dough balls

Cooked pasta and brown rice






Artichoke hearts

Mango chunks


Almond Flour

Tapioca Flour

Brown Rice Flour

Quinoa Flour

Millet Flour

Chickpea Flour




Sea Salt

Baking powder (aluminum free)

Baking soda

Tamari (wheat-free soy sauce, though will be experimenting with coconut aminos)

Sesame oil

Grapeseed oil (in bottle and in a glass sprayer)

Olive oil

Coconut oil (though don't use it too much)


Red lentils

Dry Mung beans

Dry black beans

Dry great northern beans

Lara bars

Guar Gum


Coconut palm sugar

Agave Syrup (though don't use often)

Cocoa Powder


Cornstarch (non-gmo)



Rice Dream (buy it by the case cheap at Costco)

Tinkyada pasta (buy it by the case for 10% off at Whole foods. Especially when on sale.)

Coconut milk, light for cooking

Salsa (for husband)

Salsa Verde (for daughter.)

Brown Rice

Yellow and red potatoes


White vinegar



Coconut milk, regular. (For making ice cream or whipped coconut cream)


Earth Balance




Almond butter

Peanut butter

Jelly (all fruit. Three different flavors.)



Eggs (from our chickens)

Red wine vinegar




Bananas. (We often go through 4 pounds a day)


I'm sure there's more. I just can't think of it right now.

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My must-haves:

  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Pasta (whole wheat)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Flour
  • Old-fashioned oats
  • Maple syrup (real, not flavored)
  • Yeast
  • Beans (various)


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spices and seasonings

Rice (although I am running very low this minute; waiting for weekend to stock up)

Whole wheat flour, rice flour, chickpea flour

Lentils - Red, green gram (with skin, whole & without, split), pigeon, Bengal gram, black gram

Beans - Kidney beans, chick peas, black-eyed peas

Cream of wheat

Cracked wheat


Millets/malted millet variety





Raw sugar and/or molasses



Oils - coconut, olive


Perishable but not too much

Onions, tomatoes, garlic, potatoes, bananas, ginger, tamarind, carrots, peanut butter, various nuts (I don't always replenish these immediately, but if I am out and I go to the grocer, I pick them definitely - make that, if I remember that I am out)


Def. perishable and quickly

Milk, eggs (ever since DD eats eggs), homemade yogurt.


No wonder I don't have space in my kitchen!


And now, I am trying to exhaust my pantry before winter sets in, so that I can get new stores for a just in case scenario.

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#8 of 8 Old 10-24-2011, 03:29 PM
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This is a great question! I love to cook and bake a variety of things, so my list is quite long... and I'm probably forgetting things!



Table salt

Sea salt


An infinite variety of herbs and spices

White vinegar

White wine vinegar

Red wine vinegar

Balsamic vinegar

Malt vinegar

Apple cider vinegar

Olive oil 

Vegetable oil

Dijon mustard 



Olive tapenade


Dried beans (white beans, pintos, kidney beans, lentils)



White rice

Canned tomatoes

Tomato paste

Canned tuna

Chicken stock

Beef stock


Soy Sauce

Worcestershire sauce

BBQ sauce (home made)

Ramen noodles




All purpose flour

Bread flour

Rye flour

Whole oats

White sugar

Light brown sugar

Powdered sugar

Peanut butter


Chocolate chips



Baking powder

Baking soda

Pumpkin puree




Earth Balance margarine

Egg Beaters


Red onions






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