Staple Pantry Items Every House Should Have

Whenever my husband and I moved out of our parents houses for the first time, we were two early twenties kids and had NOTHING in regards to food. We had to build our stock room up through a massive shopping trip, and with this we needed a long list. Looking back, it was a lot of things but trust me, you will utilize all of it within the first few months of owning it.

The List

Spices, Seasonings and Flavors

  • Kosher salt
  • Table salt
  • Black peppercorn grinder
  • Ground black pepper
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Italian seasoning
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Garlic salt
  • Onion powder
  • Seasoned salt
  • Steak spice
  • Bouillon cubes
  • Cayenne
  • Curry powder
  • Bay leaves

Baking Needs

  • All purpose flour
  • Yeast
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cocoa powder
  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Powdered sugar
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger
  • Cloves
  • Allspice
  • Cinnamon
  • Chocolate chips
  • Cornstarch
  • Oats
  • Cream of Tatar

Canned and Jarred Goods

  • Black beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Condensed milk
  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Relish
  • Pickles
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jam
  • Alfredo sauce
  • Olives
  • Hot peppers
  • Jalapeño peppers
  • Chicken stock or broth
  • Beef stock or broth

Dried Goods

  • Different varieties of pasta
  • White rice
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Dried beans
  • Crackers


  • Vinegars
  • Soy sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Honey
  • Hot sauce
  • Cooking oil spray
  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil or vegetable oil

Please let me know if I left out a crucial ingredient! Comment down below with your “must haves” for a stocked pantry.


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