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Stocking That Pantry!

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As we chatted last week, the school year is about to kick off. Field trips, science projects, afterschool activities,'s right around the corner, my friends. I have to say, of all of the back-to-school-ness that gives me anxiety, it is cooking dinner.  Figuring out what to make that doesn't take a lot of time, that is yummy but also decently healthy and that I can do while I also oversee that math worksheet, well, yeah, it gives me those jittery feelings.

That's why I'm digging this week's topic: making dinner easy! All the tips we need to know to make getting dinner on the table simple, along with a bunch of new recipes to try. After reading all about making my dinner life easier, I realize need to start menu planning, but before I can do that I need to do the main thing all chefs, cooks, and experts say: I need to stock my pantry. Maybe yours is already stocked, maybe it's in need of a re-stocking, or maybe you are like me and it's rather bare and neglected. But what do I need? Well, here's a list to start with...yeah, it's long, but the kitchen gurus say to pick and choose what your tastes are and buy the ones you would use the most first.

Spices, Herbs and Other Things You Need for Flavor

Kosher salt, coarse sea salt, fine salt




Italian seasoning blend

Chili powder

Cinnamon sticks

Ground cinnamon

Garlic powder

Garlic salt

Coriander seeds

Ground coriander

Ground cumin

Curry powder

Ground ginger

Dry mustard



Cayenne pepper

Crushed red pepper




Bay leaves


Dried sage


Chicken and beef bouillon granules

Oils, Mixes, Canned Stuff and Baking Needs

Extra-virgin olive oil for cooking and salad dressings

Canola oil for cooking and baking

Vinegars: balsamic, red-wine, white-wine, rice, cider

Good Seasons Italian dressing mix

Ranch Dressing Mix

Taco Seasoning Mix

Onion Soup Mix

Canned tomatoes, tomato paste

Reduced-sodium chicken broth, beef broth and/or vegetable broth

Dijon mustard


Barbecue sauce

Worcestershire sauce

Canned beans (cannellini beans, great northern beans, chickpeas, black beans, red kidney beans, pinto beans)

Canned veggies (corn, green beans, and so on)

Chunk light tuna, salmon and sardines

Granulated sugar

Brown sugar


Pure maple syrup

Unsweetened cocoa powder, natural and/or Dutch-processed

Bittersweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate chips

Other Stuff

Wax paper

Heavy duty foil

Plastic baggies (freezer and storage, all sizes)

Plastic rrap

PS The gals at have more great lists for your pantry, fridge and freezer!

Is your pantry stocked? What am I missing from this list?

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by on Aug. 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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by Silver Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 11:42 PM
I don't have all those seasonings though.
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by on Aug. 6, 2014 at 12:10 AM

I use some of those ;)

by Silver Member on Aug. 6, 2014 at 12:41 AM

 No, we are heading out on vaca soon and I'm in the process of a pantry clean out. When we get back I will be revamping our entire diet and restocking the pantry with more suitable foods.

by Gold Member on Aug. 6, 2014 at 1:14 AM
I lived on my own for 30 years and have never bought half of this stuff. I tend to stick to cumin, cilantro, basil, garlic, and lime for most everything.
by Gold Member on Aug. 6, 2014 at 7:20 AM
I don't use any seasoning mixed with salt such as garlic salt. I also don't use premade taco seasoning or Italian seasoning. Can veggies aren't usually kept in.our home either because the salt. I don't keep chocolate either but I do have cocoa powder.

I guess my list is much different.
by on Aug. 6, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I don't have all of them but I have a good amount I am always stocking  up when I see sales especially canned goods

by Laura on Aug. 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM
I have quite a few of those, but I don't keep tuna in stock because I am the only one who will eat it. I also always have some type of pasta handy and peanut butter.
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by Gold Member on Aug. 11, 2014 at 10:10 AM

i have a lot on the list. but not all

by Platinum Member on Aug. 11, 2014 at 10:34 AM
I have but not all
by Platinum Member on Aug. 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Mmm... you should have parchment on the list: endlessly handy to have, and helps with easy cleanup after baking.

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