Keeping a Well Stocked Pantry

I have to admit something to you all–I didn’t always keep a well-stocked pantry. In fact, up until my twins were born a little over 5 years ago, this is something I didn’t do well. My husband came from a family of 4 boys, so their household almost always had a good supply of cooking and baking essentials. One of the best things he did for me the week after our twins were born was put up an extra shelving unit in our garage specifically for food storage. Up until then I had just utilized our pantry closet in the kitchen and that was it. Therefore, unless I was at the store at least once a week, it seemed like we were always running short on something. Now I have a pantry closet (which I made over last fall), garage shelving, 2 chest freezers, and some shelves in our basement for things we’ve canned.

The closet pantry in our kitchen.

I’m not an advocate of hoarding. However, I do think it’s pretty handy to have a good supply of essentials on hand at all times. It makes meal planning so much easier and if you have to quick whip up a snack or meal to take somewhere, you don’t have to panic. (Plus we have lots of growing bodies to feed around here!) This is not a die-hard list, and yours may look a bit different than mine, but this is what we usually try to keep on hand:

Baking Supplies

white flour

whole wheat flour

white sugar

brown sugar

confectioner’s sugar

baking powder

baking soda

salt

shortening

yeast

cornstarch

corn syrup

cinnamon

cocoa

white vinegar

apple cider vinegar

balsamic vinegar

vanilla

cornmeal

food coloring

assorted spices

coconut oil

olive oil

vegetable oil

cooking spray

oatmeal

raisins or craisins

assorted nuts

assorted chocolate chips

Nutella–not an essential, but good to have around. I have a little love affair with this stuff 😉

Other Pantry Items

rice

assorted pastas

dried beans

assorted canned beans

peanut butter

Nutella

cream soups

boullions

honey

molasses

pancake syrup

Bisquick

assorted cereals

bread crumbs

tea bags

coffee

juices

juice boxes

crackers

snack foods

Refrigerator

milk

chocolate milk

eggs

butter

cream cheese

sour cream

assorted cheeses

yogurts

ketchup

salad dressings

mustard

mayonnaise

jellies

fruit

salad veggies

Freezer

assorted veggies

bread items

applesauce

berries

freezer jams

boneless chicken breasts

ground beef

bacon

whole chicken

sausage

other meats

butter

cheeses

frozen soups

extra freezer meals

Basement Storage

assorted jellies

tomato juice

tomato sauce

salsa

whole tomatoes

stewed tomatoes

peaches

pears

applesauce

potatoes

onions

pickles

grape juice

There may be a couple of things I have forgotten, but these are the basics for us. It seems like a lot, but I can tell you that it saves me from making extra trips to the store and has helped me be a little more organized with planning our meals. Basically, when I’m making up a store list, I just go over these areas and see what I have to replenish. Unless there’s a new recipe I’m trying or something like that, this covers most of the bases for me. As I mentioned before, your list may be different than mine, and that’s fine by me. However, for someone who wants to start keeping a better stocked pantry, hopefully this list helped you out.

9 thoughts on “Keeping a Well Stocked Pantry

  1. This is a fantastic comprehensive list! My mom stays stocked like this. I’m not that prepared yet. I still have to do a meal plan every 2 weeks. I think I’ll pin this and see if I can alter my system a little.:)

  2. Love the picture of the basement with all the canning goods! This will be my third year canning and freezing and I was so excited to get going this year. My best friend, who i blog with, cans EVERYTHING!!!

  3. This is great information! I especially love the mason jars in the basement…..I really need to start doing some canning of my own….I feel like I’m buying tomato sauce all the time! What a money saver to do it this way. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a comprehensive list! I was thinking this past week that I need to make a list like this and then check to make sure I have everything each time I go to the store. Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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