Pantry Staples

Ingredient: Variation: What it’s used for, brands we recommend, general info:
Annie’s Mac & Cheese Comes in a variety of flavors from stovetop to microwave Pure comfort and/or a quick meal.  Jazz it up with some cooked chicken and broccoli
Applesauce Plain to cinnamon flavored Dipping chicken, eating from the jar
Artichokes Seasoned in olive oil and herbs, canned in water, frozen Drain before using

Artichoke Dip, in pasta sauces, roasted chicken

Bacon Smoked, maple, hickory, country cut… Top a meatloaf, crumble on spinach salad, BLT, wrap a scallop, next to eggs
Baking powder   baking
Baking soda   Baking and cooking chickpeas
Balsamic vinegar Check where it is actually made, if you are looking for Balamic Vinegar of Modena Salad dressing, soups, tomato and mozzarella salad
BBQ Sauce Sweet, spicy, hot Anything grilled
Beans, canned Canneliini, black beans, kidney beans, Jacob’s Cattle, Navy Beans have different flavors, cooking times, and textures.  Use in white bean dip, black bean salsa, chili, and so much more. Canned beans can replace dried beans in any recipe.
Beans, dried: Too many varieties to mention Dried beans need to be soaked beforehand for faster cooking, or cooked for a longer time
Bouillon Cubes Add to soups, stews and sauces for instant stock and flavoring Vegan, vegetarian, meat, fish, chicken
Bread Whole wheat, rye, spelt Sliced, rustic or artisanal – best to freeze if not eating within a day or two of purchasing
Bread crumbs Panko or regular Panko are crunchy and regular ones more absorbent. Flavored ones are available. DIY by adding spice blends, salt and pepper.
Broth Vegetable, Chicken, Beef Premade broth-always good to have on hand
Butter Salted and unsalted Kate’s Butter and Land o’Lakes European Style butter
Canned tomatoes Sauce, purée, chopped, whole San Marzano (type of tomato, not a brand). Cento is the brand we likeSan Marzano-Style Brand are not real San Marzano tomatoes.
Canned tuna white, albacore, water packed, oil packed Types of tuna defined
Capers Salt packed and vinegar brined Veal Piccata, Puttanesca Salad w/Fried Capers
Carrots Fresh bunch, bagged or frozen Glazed, roasted, soup
Cheese Too many to mention! Special purpose cheese (entertaining or parmesan – as examples), everyday slices for sandwiches, grated
Chili Paste Tube-lasts longer and easy to use Amore brand makes a variety of everyday seasoning in convenient tubes
Chocolate: unsweetened squares, semisweet chips, cocoa powder Baking staples

Chocolates vary greatly


Buy chocolates in quantities to be stored for short periods. Chocolate can get “old.” Everyday- Droste Cocoa Powder, Ghiradelli;  Special purpose- Valrona, Callebaut,
Chutney Sweet, tangy blend of fruit, nuts, citrus Addition to Indian foods, cheddar cheese sandwiches, buy or DIY
Cocoa Powder    
Cooking spray Baking sheet coating Pam Organic Canola or Olive Oil
Cornmeal Coarse-large grind

Fine-small grind

Flour-very fine

Coarse for polenta

Fine for cornbread and/or polenta

Flour pancakes or cornbread

Blend of all for rustic cornbread-DIY blend

Cornstarch Make sure organic to avoid GMO corn Thicken sauces and pie filling
Couscous Pasta that acts as a grain

Regular and Middle Eastern/Israeli/Large

How to basics
Crackers Everyday to entertaining Good to have on hand
Dijon mustard Coarse or fine Maille Old Style Dijon, Maille Traditional Dijon Mustard, salad dressing, chicken
Dried fruits: raisinsapricots    
Duck Sauce    
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)    
Extracts: vanilla, lemon, almond, orange    
Flour: All-purpose, whole wheat, cake, bread    
Frozen Meat    
Frozen Sausages    
Frozen Seafood    
Frozen Vegetables    
Fruit preserves, jam, jelly
Garlic, fresh
Lemons, fresh
Garlic and onions    
Grains Quinoa, Cous-cous, Bulgar Wheat, Farro, Barley  
Herbs & Spices Fresh ONLY Basil, Chervil, Cilantro, Mint, Lemongrass, Parsley  
Hoisin Sauce    
Jarred marinara sauce    
Lemon & Lime Juice    
Limes, fresh    
Maple Syrup    
Milk: boxed, powdered, evaporated milk    
Nuts: almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts    
Olive oil    
Onions: red and yellow    
Parmesan cheese    
Pasta, dried: spaghetti, linguini, angel hair, fettuccine, penne, noodles    
Peanut butter    
Pie Dough    
Pizza dough    
Pizza Dough    
Plain yogurt    
Potato Chips    
Potatoes, fresh    
Puff Pastry    
Red and white wine    
Red wine vinegar    
Rotisserie chicken    
Salt and pepper    
Seasoning Blends Cajun, Curry Powder, Herbs de Provençe, Italian, Mexican, Poultry, Tex-Mex Rub,  
Soup: canned and dry bouillon    
Spices Allspice, Aniseed, Bay Leaves, Cardamom, Cayenne, Chili Flakes  & Powder, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander (ground and seeds), Cumin Powder & Seed, Dill, Fennel Seeds, Garlic Powder, Ginger (ground & crystalized), Marjarom, Mustard (dried), Nutmeg (whole), Oregano, Paprika (sweet & hot, smoked), Peppercorns (white, Telicherry, Rainbow, Pink), Rosemary, Savory, Sage Powder, Tarragon, Thyme, Turmeric  
Sugar White, Brown Light & Dark Raw, Demerara, Granulated, Powdered, Baking  
Sugar: granulated, confectioner’s, light and dark brown    
Tomato paste    
Tomatoes: canned whole, crushed, chopped, puree, sauce, fresh    
Tortilla Chips    
Tuna, canned    
Vegetable oil    
Yeast, dry active