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.
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.
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Where I Shop to Stock the Pantry
Before we get into the actual pantry staples list, I wanted to talk about where we purchase our groceries.
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!
I buy both whole grains (to grind into flour with my grain mill), and unbleached flour that’s already milled.
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.
My husband and I usually 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 are one of the most frugal pantry staples ever! Great for frugal dishes like Caribbean Beans and Rice or 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.
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.
I primarily buy whole grain spaghetti noodles, but occasionally we also have other types of pasta in our pantry.
So many quick breads call for baking powder that I buy this in bulk.
We use this for recipes and also as a natural cleaner. I wouldn’t be without baking soda!
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I use this in my homemade bread recipe.
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).
We buy raw local honey from the Amish (and Azure Standard, depending on price and availability).
Both regular sugar, Sucanat, coconut sugar, and stevia are all on our list of pantry staples.
This Himalayan sea salt is my favorite.
We use cocoa powder in so many recipes!
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I use coconut oil for baking, frying, and just about everything! We keep both virgin and refined coconut oil on-hand.
This is great for salad dressings.
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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So many recipes use canned tomato products that I try to always keep them on the shelves.
I keep canned chicken and tuna in our pantry for quick and easy pantry meals like tuna or chicken salad.
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.
We use so many onions!
I also love having fresh garlic available for recipes.
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 homemade granola.
We mostly use dried fruit in homemade granola and granola bars.
We use these for homemade chocolate chip cookies, granola bars, chocolate chip bars, and other recipes.
You can do so many things with tortillas, including bean burritos and egg burritos.
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.
In addition to all of the pantry staples above, here’s what I like to always have on-hand in the refrigerator.
- Nut milk
- Cream cheese
- Sour cream
- Lemon juice
- Lettuce and other produce
- Condiments, including mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, etc.
Here’s what I like to keep my freezer stocked with:
- Homemade chicken stock
- Frozen vegetables
- Frozen fruit and berries
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You can make so many meals with this list of basic pantry staples!
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