Pantry Staples to Always Keep On Hand

Pantry staples to keep on hand so you’ll always be able to make a quick meal! These are the items to stock your pantry with when you go shopping.

These frugal pantry staples will help you save money on your grocery bill and help you with your meal planning.

It’s wonderful to have a pantry full of basic food items so you’ll always have basic ingredients on hand to make a meal.

Pantry Staples

The following pantry staples are the food items I like to always have available in my pantry.

With these simple supplies, I can make a variety of wholesome meals to feed my family.

Pantry Staples

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Where I Shop for Pantry Staples

Before we get into the actual pantry staples list, I wanted to talk about where we shop to stock the pantry.

We source our groceries from a variety of places. For bulk food, we’ve been ordering from Azure Standard for over ten years.

We get all our bulk grains, oats, maple syrup, and so much more from Azure.

If you’re interested in learning more about Azure Standard, read my review and how-to post here!

We also shop at Amish and Mennonite stores locally to find discount groceries as well as local raw honey, molasses, and some bulk foods.

And some of the ingredients are purchased from Aldi, which helps save more money.

We’ve also been able to buy beef, venison, and free-range chickens from local farmers.

Now, on to the actual pantry list!

Flour

I buy both whole grains and unbleached flour that’s already milled.

If you don’t already make your own flour at home, find out how easy it is to make flour with a grain mill.

I also use flour in my sourdough recipes.

Oats

We buy old fashioned rolled oats from our food co-op. I love keeping this on-hand for homemade granola bars, granola, cookies, and baked oatmeal.

Rice

My husband and I often eat riced cauliflower for fewer carbs, but my kids love rice, so I keep it in the pantry. It’s a great way to stretch a meal when you’re feeding growing children.

Dried Beans

Dried beans are one of the most frugal pantry staples ever! They’re great for frugal dishes like Caribbean Beans and Rice or homemade chili.

Our favorite dried beans are black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans, but we sometimes also have green and yellow split peas, lentils, and Great Northern or navy beans.

Popcorn

We buy popcorn kernels in bulk from our food co-op and make popcorn on the stove top in one of these or in an air popper.

Pasta

I primarily buy whole wheat spaghetti or cassava noodles, but occasionally we also have other types of pasta in our pantry.

Baking Powder

So many quick breads call for baking powder that I like to buy this in bulk!

Baking Soda

We use this for recipes and also as a natural cleaner. I wouldn’t be without baking soda!

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Yeast

I use this in my homemade bread recipe.

Spices

We keep a large variety of spices in our pantry, including onion and garlic powder, paprika, oregano, basil, cinnamon, parsley, and cumin (to name just a few).

As I mention later in the post, we often buy bulk spices from our food co-op, and I use those to make homemade pantry staples like homemade taco seasoning, homemade ranch dressing mix, and homemade pumpkin pie spice.

Honey

We buy raw local honey from the Amish (and Azure Standard, depending on price and availability).

Sugar

Both regular sugar, maple syrup, Sucanat, and coconut sugar are all on our list of pantry staples.

Salt

This sea salt is my favorite. Salt is so versatile not only in recipes but also has lots of other uses.

Cocoa Powder

We use cocoa powder in so many recipes!

Vanilla

I’ve been making my own homemade vanilla for years. It’s easy! Here’s how.

Coconut Oil

I use coconut oil for baking, frying, and just about everything! We keep both virgin and refined coconut oil on-hand.

Olive Oil

This is great for salad dressings. I prefer cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil due to its higher quality and health benefits.

Vinegar

Both white vinegar and apple cider vinegar are so useful. I use the white vinegar for natural cleaning products as well as recipes.

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Canned Tomatoes

There are so many recipes using canned tomato products that I try to always keep them on the shelves.

This includes diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, tomato puree, and tomato sauce.

Canned Meat

I keep both canned chicken and canned tuna in our pantry. They’re versatile and make for quick and easy pantry meals like tuna or chicken salad.

Canned Beans

In addition to dried beans, I also like to keep a variety of canned beans on hand. These include kidney beans, refried beans, and a variety of white beans for different recipes.

Onions

We use so many onions!

Garlic

I also love having fresh garlic available for recipes.

Pantry Staples

Potatoes

Potatoes are another one of the most frugal pantry staples.

Nuts and Seeds

I keep a variety of nuts and seeds available for snacks and also for making homemade granola.

Favorite Granola Recipes:

Dried Fruit

We mostly use dried fruit in homemade granola and granola bars.

Chocolate Chips

We use these for homemade chocolate chip cookies, granola bars, chocolate chip bars, and other recipes.

Tortillas

You can do so many things with tortillas, including bean burritos and egg burritos.

Tortilla Chips

Our whole family loves chips and salsa! We also eat quite a bit of taco salad, so we pretty much always have tortilla chips on hand.

I’ve been on a grain-free diet and really love grain-free cassava tortilla chips.

Refrigerated Pantry Staples

In addition to all of the pantry staples above, here’s what I like to always have on-hand in the refrigerator.

Azure Standard is a great source for many of these items.

  • Butter
  • Yogurt
  • Nut milk
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Lemon juice
  • Lettuce and other produce
  • Condiments, including mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, etc.

Freezer Staples

Here’s what I like to keep my freezer stocked with:

homemade ranch dressing mix

How to Make Your Own Pantry Staples

In addition to the things I keep stocked in our pantry from the grocery store and Azure, I also love making some of them myself.

Once you get a collection of basic spices stored up (we buy ours in bulk from Azure Standard), it’s easy to mix up a spice blend.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Taco Seasoning Recipe

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You can make so many meals with this list of basic pantry staples!

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25 Comments

  1. Visiting from the Homestead Blog Hop!

    I really love this list. It’s so practical!

    Thanks for sharing it at the Homestead Blog Hop

    Laurie

  2. Great list. I try to keep these foods on hand also. Lost of beans.

    Thank you for sharing it at the Homestead Blog Hop

    Laurie
    Ridge Haven Homestead

  3. Just FYI: The longer you store dried beans, the less they will be viable. They get too hard to cook. That’s why I prefer to take my dried beans and can them. I am not sure how long it takes for them to be unusable, but I’d say at about 1 year you won’t be able to use them. Make sure you soak them first to remove the phytic acid so they will be healthier.

    You can also make your own chocolate chips from cocoa…..there are many recipes out there, I like this one from Whole New Mom:
    https://wholenewmom.com/homemade-chocolate-chips-carob-chips-recipe-revised/
    I don’t use the stevia as I dislike it, but am diabetic so I use Bocha Sweet…a substitute that is keto friendly and used 1/1 like sugar. You’ll have to figure out how much as she uses the stevia…

    1. Thanks so much for the helpful tips, Carol! We definitely always soak our beans (and other grains). That’s a great idea with the chocolate chips, too.

  4. These are some great ideas! I like to keep many of these as well.

    We actually buy bulk popcorn and use it to grind into corn meal.

    Thanks for bringing this to the Homestead Blog Hop and continue being featured this week!

    Laurie

  5. Good post Joy. I love having a pantry for backup.
    Would you consider adding this post to my Friday with Friends link party? It opens on Friday morning at 8am MT.
    Thanks
    Rachelle

  6. When COVID hit, having pantry staples at home was a life saver. We were even able to share with our neighbors. This is a great list! And I am more than a little jealous that you can get your raw honey from the Amish. Thanks for article! -Andrea

    1. Having a stocked pantry really makes life easier! We love being able to buy from the Amish, although I’d love to have our own bees someday!

  7. These are all must haves for me as well! I always have a bunch of rice, beans, and baking supplies ready to go in the pantry.
    Jenna ♥
    Stay in touch? Life of an Earth Muffin

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