Basic Kitchen Staples: Stock Your Pantry with These Basic Ingredients

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It’s hard to believe that there are basic ingredients that every kitchen should have. However, these basic staples come in handy for a variety of dishes and can be used as the base of many recipes. In this blog post, we will discuss the basic ingredients you need to stock your pantry with!

Dry Goods

Dry goods are basic ingredients that you can store for a long time in your pantry. They don’t have expiration dates and can be used to make more elaborate dishes later on. Let’s explore some basic dry staples:

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It can be stored in an airtight container for up to six months, but it will go bad eventually if not frozen or refrigerated.


Rice is basic to many dishes, and you can store it for a long time. There are different varieties of rice, from white to brown to jasmine, and you can even cook it with basic ingredients such as water, stock, or other spices to make your favorite dish.


Pasta is one of the most versatile basic ingredients around. It is made with durum wheat flour, water and salt. You can have basic spaghetti or choose to get fancy by adding your favorite sauce-from pesto to alfredo.

Baking powder

This basic ingredient is crucial to baking. It’s a dry chemical leavening agent that sets off carbon dioxide, which makes baked goods fluffy and light.


Sugar is basic to any dessert, but it can be used in savory dishes as well when you’re making your own marinade for meat or fish.

Nuts and Seeds

They are basic ingredients that can be used for baking, cooking, or just snacking on when you need something nutritious. They give a healthy dose of protein to your diet.

Rolled Oats

These basic ingredients are used in baking, as well. You can cook them up and add your favorite spices to create a warm dish for breakfast or dessert.

Bread Crumbs

This pantry item is great for topping dishes-especially if they are fried. You can also use them in casseroles or as a coating for meat before baking it. Bread crumbs add extra texture and flavor without having to make your own bread, which takes time away from other basic dishes.

Canned Goods

Canned goods are basic food items that have been preserved in cans-shelf life is not as long, but these are pantry staples.

Oil and Sauces

It’s not that store-bought sauces, dressings, and oils are bad. In fact, they’re quite diverse in the ways you can use them to spruce up your dishes or even just liven up a basic meal. But if you want more control over what flavors go into your food, then it might be worth buying these pantry staples yourself, so you know exactly where things came from and how fresh they were when being made by hand. The best part is once purchased all of these items have an extremely long shelf life which means making good on my promise!

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Different oils have different flavors and are basic ingredients in cooking- from basic frying to baking a cake. Olive oil is great because it has a very mild flavor that doesn’t overwhelm a dish. Olive oil is essential for many dishes, but canola oil is good as well.

Soy Sauce

Another basic ingredient for Asian dishes, soy sauce adds flavor to any dish. It comes in different varieties, such as tamarin and teriyaki sauce-which are thicker sauces with a more intense taste than basic soy sauce.


Vinegar is a key ingredient in many dishes, from salads to sauces. There are different types of vinegar-such as apple cider vinegar and malt vinegar, which add more flavor than basic white or red wine vinegar.


Honey is an important ingredient in baking as well as popular tea additions. You may want to mix it with other basic ingredients like sugar, honey, and lemon for extra flavor.


Mustard is basic to any sandwich, but it can also be used as a sauce for meat dishes.

Refrigerated Goods

Refrigerated goods are basic food items that need to be stored in the fridge. They may expire more quickly than dry goods, but they provide an easy way of preparing basic recipes without going grocery shopping!

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This is a basic ingredient for making omelets or scrambled eggs, and it’s a healthy choice as well! Its basic food makes preparing breakfast easy!

Eggs can be stored safely in the fridge and should not go bad over time because of their high protein content. They make getting your morning started with a healthy meal simple-just grab some eggs, and you’re good to go!


Most basic kitchens will have milk for drinking, making coffee, or breakfast cereal! It’s also a great basic ingredient to use in baking recipes such as cookies and cakes because it adds moisture to the mix.


It’s hard not to love butter! Butter is a dairy product that comes from churning cream until it reaches the desired consistency (soft, medium, or hard). Butter is a basic staple for baking and cooking in general.


Cheese is a staple to any dish, but it’s especially great in an omelet. It can also be melted on top of a baked potato or used as a topping for many dishes such as pasta or casserole dishes!

Plain Yogurt

You can use this basic ingredient in cooking or as a topping for salads and desserts. Yogurt contains probiotics that help the digestive system, so it’s not just basic to your diet-it also has health benefits!

Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices are recipe creators in the pantry. They can turn flavorless food into drool-worthy creations, making them affordable with no expiration date! Spices have a long shelf life if kept away from heat or sunlight; use your sense of smell to determine their potency before using. For super fresh herbs at an even better price point than bulk spices, check out international grocery stores for more exotic flavors that you may not find elsewhere!

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A basic spice that you can use to add flavor to a dish without adding too much. It can be used in cooking, as a condiment, or for basic seasoning.

Salt is also essential to human life – it’s necessary for digestion and the regulation of blood pressure. In addition, salt may help prevent strokes because it helps make blood less likely to clot; potassium chloride tablets are often given as part of treatment if someone has had a stroke.


A basic spice that can be used to add flavor or spiciness to dishes, and may also help with digestion. It is the seed of berries from the pepper plant – it’s not spicy when eaten in its natural form, but ground pepper does have heat. In addition to adding flavor, pepper can be used as a basic spice for cooking or to season food.

Curry Powder

This basic blend of spices is a useful one to have on hand- it lets you customize dishes with the flavors of curry without having to start from scratch.


A basic herb that can be used to add flavor, as an ingredient in cooking, or to season food and dishes. It has a strong taste, so use it sparingly if you are not sure of your tolerance for its spiciness – though some people find oregano to have very little heat at all.


A basic herb that has a sweeter taste than oregano, but should still be used sparingly because of its strong flavor. Basil is often found in Italian food or dishes with tomato sauce – and can also add freshness to salads and certain sauces.

Now that you know what to include on your grocery list, don’t forget to make a note of it. Whether you’re cooking for one or a whole family, basics are crucial to anyone’s kitchen.