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How to Stock a Pantry

How to Stock a Pantry


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Take your home cooking to the next level

You can do a few things to fill your pantry with both the basics and a few restaurant-style secret weapons to take your home cooking to the next level.

However, there is no one-size-fits-all shopping list. Think about how you really eat and your cooking plans and ability. Are you enjoying s...

Where to shop for basics

  • If a store doesn't have what you need, be flexible and try something you wouldn't have picked up before.
  • If you can't get to a store, consider online grocery options such as Amazon and Shipt.
  • Many restaurants are selling pantry items ...

Pantry basics: Pasta, grains, beans, legumes

  • Pasta: Any pasta you can get - long, short, and tubular.
  • Grains: Rice (short and long grain, all colours), whole and ancient grains like farro, barley, bulgur freekeh, and quinoa.
  • Beans can be eaten on their own or added to s...

Pantry basics: Canned and jarred goods, oil, vinegar, spices

Canned and jarred goods

  • Canned tomatoes
  • Coconut milk for enhancing soups and curries
  • Stock/broth (you can also make your own)
  • Jarred salsas/simmer sauces (good for combining with refrigerator loose ends in a pot.)
  • Nut butters
  • Pic...

Pantry basics: Baking supplies, bread

Baking supplies

  • Flour
  • Sugar (brown, white, confectioners)
  • Baking soda and powder
  • Yeast for that bread you’re going to make


  • Homemade or not, it can be pre-sliced and frozen.

Pantry basics: Produce, dairy, eggs, meat


  • Lemons, limes, onions, garlic, and root vegetables: (potatoes, squash, carrots, beets) last a long time.
  • Hearty greens: kale and collards will keep for a week, as will most uncut fruit.
  • Frozen fruit an...

Pantry flavour enhancers


  • Fried shallots add crunch to rice and noodles, salads, and baked pasta or casseroles.
  • Chile oil/chile crisp add a spicy, crunchy kick to everything.




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