Build your Pantry!

Staples to keep on hand in the pantry and refrigerator/freezer:


  • Rice- brown and white
  • Flour
  • Sugar-white and brown
  • Croutons
  • 2-3 kinds of cheese, such as cheddar and parmesan
  • bread
  • butter
  • olive oil
  • onions-I usually keep white and yellow onions on hand
  • Garlic-fresh or in a jar in the refrigerator
  • peanut butter
  • soup broth-chicken, vegetable and beef
  • cans of cream soup-cream of mushroom, cream of celery
  • frozen vegetables
  • crackers, like saltines and butter crackers
  • bread crumbs
  • cans of mushrooms, green chilis, artichoke hearts or bottoms, vegetables like green beans
  • cans of tuna fish, salmon, black beans, refried beans
  • cans of tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste


  • Frozen vegetables like broccoli and snap peas
  • individual meat packs, like 1-2 chicken breasts or 1 pound of ground beef
  • sour cream
  • milk-I recommend skim
  • cream
  • butter
  • jar of chopped garlic
  • ketchup (not only is it a condiment, it fixes a lot of sauces!)
  • dijon mustard (see above)
  • Cheese such as cheddar, swiss and parmesan
  •  sour cream
  • flour tortillas


  • sour cream
  • boxes of dried pasta in assorted shapes, such as angel hair and elbows
  • flour tortillas
  • basic seasonings to include salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, basil, cinnamon,

Cans of:

  • cream soup
  • broth, such as vegetable and chicken
  • vegetables like peas and green beans, and black beans
  • tomatoes
  • tomato sauce
  • tomato paste
  • tuna fish and salmon
  • green chilis

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