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  • Wed, May 16 2012 9:12 AM

    • Brandy
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    Basic Pantry Items

    Beginning with the basics is an easy first step in what some of us call food stocking or stockpiling.

    What are the basics though? What essentials should every pantry have?

    It depends on what you use. If you never cook with tuna then 10 cans of tuna on sale is pointless to stock. Check your pantry for the staples you use in many meals like flour, sugar, rice, cooking oil.

    What other items do you think should be on an essentials list to keep stocked in the pantry?

    The Dollar Stretcher Community Manager

  • Wed, May 16 2012 9:33 AM In reply to

    Re: Basic Pantry Items

    I agree that it depends on what you cook.

     I'm sure I'll think of others but this is what I always keep on hand in my pantry (I often make "from scratch versions" but keep some of the basics on hand like spaghetti sauce, cr. of mush soup, etc.)

    Long grain rice

    Noodles/pasta of all types

    Canned and dried beans

    Boxes of chicken stock/beef stock

    Canned tomatoes /tomato sauce/paste

    Peanut butter

    Canned chicken (preferred at my house over tuna)

    Cooking oil/olive oil

    Corn muffin mix (I use for so many things)


    Tomato soup/cream of mushroom soup

    Jar/canned pasta sauce


  • Wed, May 16 2012 11:08 AM In reply to

    Re: Basic Pantry Items

    Along with the above lists I keep a stockpile of the following:



    bbq sauce

    black pepper

    garlic powder

    canned chili

    canned salmon


    canned green chilis



    splenda for DH

    El Pato Jalapeno salsa for DS

    canned salmon

    chili powder

  • Wed, May 16 2012 12:15 PM In reply to

    Re: Basic Pantry Items

    Staples/must haves over here...

    Olive oil

    Dry herbs and spices - everything from here to the moon and back lol

    Dried beans/legumes/peas - a collection

    Whole grain rice and pasta

    Assorted sizes of freezer/micro safe storage containers

    "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." ~Chinese Proverb~
  • Wed, May 16 2012 12:24 PM In reply to

    Re: Basic Pantry Items


    I thought I was the only one with a stock pile of herbs, lol. I have 3 shelves in my cabinet full of herbs and spices. I am always on the lookout for something new to try.

  • Wed, May 16 2012 12:40 PM In reply to

    • gayla50
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    Re: Basic Pantry Items

    salt & pepper

    ww flour 

    breat flour

    all purpose flour

    powdered milk

    white rice

    brown rice

    herbs dried

    beans - dried canned 

    oil , lard , seasoning meat  

    tomatoes canned

    canned meat

    that's a few I keep a very nice stocked pantry. we dont run out  often 




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  • Wed, May 16 2012 10:31 PM In reply to

    Re: Basic Pantry Items

    My pantry is stocked with everything I use to cook - we pretty much eat from either the garden or the pantry.  The vast majority of my pantry is in glass canning jars: fruits, veggies, meats, pickles, dried fruits, dried onions, herbs, etc.  DH eats gluten free, due to celiac, so that is a challenge, but we found Tinkyada rice pasta tastes good - some of the others were horrible - so I switched out the regular pasta & noodles for the kind he can eat 2 years ago.

    A few of our neighbors were pretty happy with the switch-over, since I gave away the pasta, & anything else with gluten in it, instead of tossing it.

  • Wed, May 16 2012 10:54 PM In reply to

    Re: Basic Pantry Items

     peanut butter, canned beans, oatmeal, some canned vegetables (hate them because of sodium), evap milk from Senior Commodities, crackers and animal crackers, protein supplements. Some envelopes of Erin soups. Wholegrain cereal in freezer. Cold cereal and pasta.

  • Thu, May 17 2012 10:01 AM In reply to

    • Brandy
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    Re: Basic Pantry Items

    Peanut butter

    That was once a staple in my house but with the cost of jars now, it's a rare treat.

    The Dollar Stretcher Community Manager

  • Thu, May 17 2012 11:28 AM In reply to

    Re: Basic Pantry Items

    Looks like this really is dependent on how a person cooks.  I like to cook from scratch and I like to stock the pantry with staples that have very long shelf-life so, here are the things that I pretty much always have:

     flour (high gluten and whole wheat)

    Whole grains (wheat berries and 1 or 2 others)

    Rolled oats

    Nuts (to make nut milks and nut butters, peanuts are still cheaper here than peanut butter so I just grind my own)

    Dried fruits and veg (dried myself except for the cranberries which are cheaper dried),

    Dried tomato powder

    Dried herbs


    cooking oil (canola and olive)


    baking soda

    freeze dried yeast


    vinegar (lots of plain white distilled and apple cider, then a bottle of something more exotic like raspberry or balsamic)

    rice (sushi or jasmine and brown)

    sprouting seeds

    jams and jellies



    vegetable broth powder



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