Pantry Staples List: Save Time, Stress & Money (free checklist!)

Everyone knows how easy it is to end up in the drive-thru lane when you’re looking for something to make for dinner and you don’t have anything to do for meals at home. Having a well-stocked pantry can help you stay out of the drive-thru lane and make more homemade meals for your family.

Stocking the pantry with these items should be a regular part of your shopping list creation every time you make a shopping list.

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Another benefit to having a well-stocked pantry is the ability to be ready for the unexpected. Having these items on hand provided us with the ability to make three meals a day for a family of 10 during a recent power outage that lasted nearly three days using only our grill. We used our grill to make toast, grilled potatoes, to boil water for oatmeal, and even to make popcorn for a special snack via candlelight in the midst of all the craziness.

The things on this list should be fairly easy to gather, and it can be a huge money saver, too.

Here are the pantry staples that should be in your home at all times.

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Breakfast items (although we love breakfast for lunch or dinner):

  • bread
  • bagels
  • English muffins
  • oatmeal
  • cereal
  • pancake mix
  • syrup
  • jellies/jams

Lunch/dinner basics:

  • tortillas
  • pasta
  • pasta dinners like mac and cheese
  • jarred sauces
  • rice
  • quinoa
  • polenta
  • tuna
  • canned soup
  • soup mix
  • potatoes
  • onions
  • instant potatoes
  • pasta dish creations/mixes
  • canned vegetables
  • extra condiments

General basics:

  • chicken stock
  • dried peas
  • dried beans
  • peanut butter

Baking supplies:

  • flour
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • baking powder
  • evaporated milk
  • oils like canola and olive oil
  • other grains like flaxseed
  • honey

Snack items:

  • crackers
  • graham crackers
  • popcorn kernels

A well-stocked pantry can help you get meals on the table in any and every kind of situation. This list of pantry staples can help you get well on your way to having a well-stocked pantry.

If you have any items to add to the list, feel free to comment and let me know!

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  1. Rachelle Pierce says:

    I love nuts and dried fruit. I put nuts in pancakes, muffins, cookies and oatmeal, and I love dried fruit in my oatmeal. Cranberries work for muffins and cookies, too! Dried milk is great for chowder and baking. Do you buy or bake bread? I keep yeast handy, too 🙂 Thanks for this great list!!!
    P.S. Chocolate chips!!!

    • Jennifer says:

      Those are also great to keep on hand. Personally, I do both – I bake my own at times and I buy it at times.

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