What are some staples one needs to keep in their pantry?

Being a foodie I love to cook but I’m not a trained cook so idk what things I need to keep in my kitchen to have on hand. Can y’all help me?


Spices are always good to have on-hand.

Kinda depends on what you like to eat, though :slightly_smiling_face:.

Beans, rice, and pasta are some common ones— and pretty affordable, too.

Canned or frozen veggies always come in handy as well.


An excellent selection of spices is most critical, helps you add personality to whatever you’re trying to whip up. I always have:

  • flour
  • sugar
  • baking powder / soda
  • powdered eggs
  • cocoa
  • vanilla extract
  • powdered milk
  • dried pasta
  • dried lentisl and beans
  • rice
  • vinegar
  • canned tomatoes
  • canned soups
  • canned and frozen veg
  • canned and frozen fruit
  • canned hams (for emergency use)

@velociraptor has a great list. I would add cornstarch and sugar alternative like sucralose.


The best powdered milk I’ve ever had is a brand called Nido. You can get it from Amazon or Walmart

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Forgot those, but yes.

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When you buy spice, don’t get the little bottles, they’re a rip:

That’s $6.99 at the grocery store down the road from me. It’s 165g. ($4.24/100g)

$12.34 on Amazon with free shipping. That’s for 525g. ($2.37/100g).

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I also like to use garlic cloves when I have them.

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Also yeast if you make bread.

And hot sauce is a staple condiment in my family. If there’s no hot sauce at my house, sister’s house or my dad’s house it’s considered an emergency.

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Yes. Also doesn’t hurt to keep some sourdough starter going.


I don’t think I have the patience to make sourdough bread. It might be fun though. Idk. Isn’t it a tedious task?

I used to keep a one gallon container of yeast liquid. It wasn’t really sourdough, but did give a nice flavor. I had to cut down on other liquids in the recipes.


Poo egg. 15151515151515

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I should mention that I have tubs of chicken and beef soup bases in powdered form.


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Oats. I swear by oats.

Simply because it’s pretty wholesome

And does not need to be cooked


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