The Starter Pantry

Whether you’re moving into your first apartment, or starting over across the country, knowing what to buy is essential so you don’t waste time and dollars. Here are my recommendations for what every kitchen should be outfitted with.

Baking

Flour

White Sugar

Light Brown Sugar

Baking Powder

Baking Soda

Vanilla Extract

Ground Cinnamon

Ground Cloves

Ground Nutmeg

Ground Allspice

Ground Ginger

Honey

Chocolate Chips

Cooking

Salt

Whole Pepper for Grinder

Thyme

Oregano

Rosemary

White Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar

Oil (I suggest Soy, but you can also get Canola or Vegetable)

Olive Oil

Non-Hydrogenated Vegetable Shortening

Tomato Paste Tube

Jar of Sundried Tomatoes

Jar of Green Olives

Jar of Roasted Red Peppers

Maple Syrup

Tea

Coffee

Dill Pickles

Dijon Mustard

Dried Beans (I suggest Navy Beans and Kidney Beans)

Dried Pasta (I suggest spaghetti, rotini, and mostaccoli)

The above items will get you started in your new home. As you get settled (and learn to cook, if that’s the case) you’ll add items you find you need or want. But with everything listed here, you can do basic baking, and cooking when you add fresh vegetables and meat/fish into the mix. Happy Cooking!

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