Fun thread. I love food threads.
Oh--edited to add: You want only essentials. I'll edit.
Mine looks like a lot like the above. But anyway in the pantry cupboard--
Various oils (which go rancid fast if left in the light or are opened)
Dry beans & legumes, plus lots of canned beans for 'emergencies'
Various flours- whole wheat, unbleached white, corn meal etc
Whole canned plum tomatoes (many of these lol)
Various pastas, all shapes & sizes
Canned wild salmon
Whole wheat pretzles
Whole wheat crackers
Potatoes (stores well)
Garlic (stores well)
Onions (stores well)
Sweet potatoes (stores well)
Cabbage (stores well)
Butternut squash or other squashes- all store well)
Various seeds & nuts (some in the freezer as well)
Aspetic container of organic broths (I also have frozen homemade broth in my freezer, but I like to have them in the pantry in a pinch).
In the fridge-
Green Goddess Dressing
Beer (i would call this essential lol)
Wine (for sure essential)
Chinese cabbage (not essential- but I buy it at least once a week- great in soups & stir frys- which go a long way in feeding a large family)
Arugula (I eat this everyday, but not essential)
Flax seed oil
Cod liver oil
Organic milk & cream
Freezer- If i keep the following in the freezer, I can pretty much make anything from a soup to a stew to a delish pasta sauce- anything. My kids like the veggie burgers crumbled and sauteed in soups, stews, sauces etc when we aren't grilling them, of course. Our grill is covered in snow presently.
Cascadian green beans
" " " strawberries, blueberries & peaches
" " " Peas
ground chicken chicken thighs
Small turkey breast
Amy's Chicago Bugers
In the fruit bowls- (Varies depending on season, availability & price. For whatever reason, organic kiwis have been so cheap)
Tomatoes (I don't like the taste of refrigerated tomatoes)
Avos (we use these in salads, sandwiches, mashed with salsa etc. One of my children eats them plain)