Kitchen pantry


Kitchen Essentials: A Well-Stocked Pantry

Having the right staples in your pantry makes for easier cooking and meal preparation, every time.

Having a well-stocked pantry not only means shorter, potentially less expensive grocery lists, but makes for easier cooking. Not to mention, more available meal options at any time. Your “pantry” can refer to what’s stored in your cupboard, refrigerator, or freezer, and ideally, should include a selection of shelf-stable staples. Here’s what to keep on hand to make the most of everyday meal preparation. 

Seasoning and spices

  • Kosher salt

  • Ground black pepper 

  • Garlic powder

  • Sweet or smoked paprika

  • Crushed red pepper flakes

  • Chili powder

  • Ground cinnamon

  • Italian seasoning 

Oils and vinegars 

  • Extra virgin olive oil 

  • 1-2 vinegars of choice, such as apple cider, or distilled white 

  • Low sodium soy sauce 

Canned foods

  • Unsalted beans

  • Low sodium tomato sauce

  • Low sodium diced tomatoes 

  • Canned tuna 

  • Low sodium chicken or vegetable broth 

  • Peanut butter


  • Rolled oats 

  • Whole wheat flour

  • Whole wheat pasta

  • Whole grain cereal

  • Whole grain breadcrumbs 


  • Frozen brown rice

  • Frozen vegetables (corn, peas, cauliflower rice etc.)

  • Frozen fruit (strawberries, blueberries, pineapple etc.)

  • Frozen peeled and deveined shrimp 

Kitchen organization tip: Utilize glass jars or plastic containers to keep ingredients fresh, easy to identify, and well-organized. This is especially helpful for arranging non-resealable packaged goods. Consider labeling containers with the contents and date, especially for frozen items.