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Stocking Your Kitchen

Cooking is easier when you have most basic ingredients on hand. Most of the basics on this list keep indefinitely, so you buy everything once, then just replace as needed.


  • salt
  • pepper
  • Italian seasoning
  • cinnamon
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • cayenne or Tabasco sauce
  • curry powder
  • soy sauce (low sodium)
  • minced garlic in a jar
  • minced ginger in a jar
  • Better than Bouillon*
  • sugar and/or brown sugar
  • honey or maple syrup
  • vinegar


  • olive oil
  • canola oil

Cans, Jars & Boxes

  • black beans
  • white beans (navy, cannelini, etc.)
  • chickpeas
  • dried lentils
  • oatmeal (steel-cut or rolled)
  • bulgur
  • rice
  • pasta
  • diced tomatoes
  • spaghetti sauce
  • tuna .sh (water packed)
  • unsalted nuts
  • seeds (sun.ower, pumpkin, etc.)
  • dried fruit (raisins, apricots, etc.)

In the freezer

  • frozen shrimp
  • frozen berries
  • frozen veggies

Keep a list on the refrigerator. When anything above runs low, jot it down on the list. About once a week, buy replacements, perishable foods and special ingredients for specific recipes, such as:

  • fresh fruit
  • fresh vegetables
  • chicken, .sh or meat
  • bread and rolls
  • eggs
  • cheese
  • recipe-specific ingredients

* Better than Bouillon is a concentrated broth paste in a jar, available in vegetable or chicken .avor. Many
recipes, including rice, bulgur and soups, are tastier when made with broth. Keeping a jar of Better
than Bouillon in the fridge is easier and cheaper than buying can after can of broth.