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Ten Items In Your Pantry...

During last week's Tuesday's Question, a friend asked 
a great question that I told her I would use for this week's
Tuesday's Question.

"What are the essential items needed 
for every kitchen pantry?"

Don't you wish you had a pantry like this...

My friend, Suzanne, just quit her "out of the house job" to stay home
and start a new photography business.
She takes AMAZING photographs and I know she is going to succeed.

Now that she's home, she wants to start cooking real meals 
for her hubby and two adorable little girls.  

I thought we could all help her and help each other by
putting together a list of essential items in YOUR kitchen pantry
or items to be stored in the refrigerator.  

The following list is by no means COMPLETE.
I am including ten and need YOU to help finish the list.

Number Ten:

Flour, White Sugar, Brown Sugar, Powdered Sugar.
For some reason, Suzanne doesn't even have flour in her house.

Number Nine:

Cooking Oil and Olive Oil
and of course Pam Spray.

Number Eight:

Garlic, Basil, Parsley, Season Salt, Pepper and others.

Number Seven:

A variety of cheeses; cheddar, mozzarella and of course cream cheese.

Number Six:

Canned tomatoes, diced, crushed, pureed and whole tomatoes.
Don't forget tomato paste!

Number Five:

Dried Pasta, to go along with Number Six.

Number Four:

Chicken broth, beef broth, cubes and canned.
I really do enjoy these reusable cartons.

Number Three:

Breadcrumbs, Plain, Italian flavored and Panko.

Number Two:

Whenever butter is on sale, BUY IT.

And the Number One item 
for every pantry, in my opinion, is:


Click HERE for the recipe!

Now, it's YOUR turn to complete the list.

Leave a comment and let me know what you 
think should be next on the list.

Enjoy your day!


  1. Great list! trying to think of some more, lots of herbs and spices, condensed milk, coconut milk, there are lots of pantry essential lists online that are worth checking out :)

  2. Vanilla, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup,and lemon juice. Best wishes to your friend as she begins this new adventure!

  3. Crackers, Salad Dressing, Croutons! The list could go on and on and I sure would love a pantry like the first picture :)

  4. Soup base (beef, chicken, pork), onions,oatmeal,.....I agree with one of the other comments, the list could go on and on...

  5. Vinegars (white, white wine, red, balsamic), soy sauce, flour, old-fashioned rolled oats, hot sauce, quinoa, a variety of dried beans.

  6. This is a GREAT list. And YES, I dream of having a pantry like this!

    For #9, I always try to have butter Pam (for baking) and olive oil Pam for sauteing (sp). I also love garlic Pam, but it sometimes hard to find.

    For #8, I always have Old Bay seasoning, traditionally used for seafood but, I also like it on chicken, in soups and in my tuna salad. I also have Goya brand Adobo w/pepper and Sazon Accent, not only because this is a half Latin home but they both have so many useful ingredients that it's like "one stop" shopping.

    For #7, Just a note, although buying shredded cheeses can make life easier, I started shredding my own when I realized that they toss the cheese in cellulose (basically saw dust) to keep it from sticking together.

    For #6, I love my tomato paste in a tube, it may cost a little more but I have never had a recipe where I needed the whole can.

    For #3, Progresso has a panko that is Italian seasoned and I love it!

    For #2, I'm with ya Lois, I stock up whenever I can and I keep salted and unsalted in the house. I like to use unsalted whenever I'm baking.

    And For my #1, CHOCOLATE! I must always have chocolate in house. Chips & bars. Hope this helps :)

  7. Fantastic list! I don't know that I could add anything more.

  8. Just a few more staples that I always have on hand are eggs, frozen or canned fruit and veggies, potatoes, rice and chocolate chips.

  9. Always try and have eggs
    in the fridge and also some boneless chicken breasts in the freezer.

    Great list ♥

  10. All Purpose Flour, I also use better for bread flour and tortilla flour a lot too.

  11. I like to bake, so baking powder, baking soda, salt,cocoa,and pan spray.

    Must also have eggs on hand at all times, bacon, sausage, pancake mix and syrup.

    AND, most importantly, a good cook book,

  12. I would love to have a pantry like this one! You have most of the essentials on your list, Lois. I had to laugh at the Cheesecake. I'd put chocolate at #1 on my list! :)

  13. My wife's pantry has a lot of stuff in it. It is a mess. She can stick her hand in that mess and pull out what she needs. I don't know how she does it.

  14. Love you list and love #1~~~ should be a staple in anyone's pantry!

  15. 10)Sauces and condiments (including Worcestershire sauce and Soya sauce, fish sauce, bean paste, curry paste, relishes and chutneys)
    9)Herbs and spices
    8)Dried beans
    7)Boxed pasta
    5)Baking supplies (flours, sugars, honey, baking soda, baking powder, yeast)
    4)Canned salmon and tuna
    3)Canned tomatoes
    2)Dairy products (cheese, milk, yogurt, butter, eggs)
    1) Fresh fruit and vegetables

  16. You covered it really well, Lois. I am always reaching for my spices and it seems like my soups for cooking (pantry). And for the refrigerator - my shredded cheeses and my eggs!


  17. Someone actually has a pantry that looks like that?? Wow.

    My list definitely includes all varieties of tree nuts and peanuts. It's what I go to when I think I'm starving.

    Olives: Green, pimiento stuffed, black, kalamata, Moroccan, etc.

    Add Feta to the cheese list

    Beans. Black Beans, red beans

    Gluten-free tortillas. (Food for Life)

    Yogurt, non-fat, plain.

  18. Okay I have everything in your list here at home except cheesecake. lol I think I would have chocolate added to that list. sandie

  19. I think you have pretty well covered everything, Lois, the one thing I am not without in my pantry is coconut oil, I have just recently found this product, and it is healthy and amazing. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Enjoy your day.

  20. Hahahaha, I had to laugh when I seen pasta on your list. For Italians, you don't have anything to eat if you don't have pasta in the house.


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