Stocking a kitchen

How can you cook a fabulous meal if you don’t have the ingredients??

When I first moved across the country into Mr. Bou and I’s first apartment, one of the toughest feats was to stock our kitchen. You don’t realize how many small ingredients you need on hand until you’re halfway through a recipe, UGH!

I stocked my pantry over time, but wished I had a master list to purchase everything at once. So naturally with my love of lists, I made one!

This is not everything that you’ll ever need for recipes, but it’s a good start. Most of these have a long shelf life but you’ll want to check the expiration dates every couple of months!

Hopefully this list will help you if you’re new to an apartment or home, or if you’re just new to cooking. Happy Shopping!

Pantry –

Dry Goods

  1. All-purpose flour
  2. Baking Powder
  3. Baking Soda
  4. White Rice (Jasmine is my fav)
  5. Brown Rice
  6. White Granulated Sugar
  7. Light and Dark Brown Sugar
  8. Pasta
  9. Powdered Sugar
  10. Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  11. Envelopes of yeast


  1. Tony’s Chachere Creole Seasoning (**my absolute fav, it’s in a green can)
  2. Cayenne
  3. Chili Powder
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Crushed Red Pepepr
  6. Cumin
  7. Dried Dill
  8. Garlic Powder
  9. Ground Ginger
  10. Ground Black Pepper
  11. Italian Seasoning
  12. Nutmeg
  13. Onion Powder
  14. Oregano
  15. Paprika
  16. Salt
  17. Thyme
  18. Turmeric

Oils, Nuts, Seeds

  1. Olive Oil
  2. Nut Butters
  3. Coconut Oil
  4. Sesame Oil
  5. Vegetable Oil

Liquid Condiments

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar
  2. Hot Sauce (**Louisiana Hot Sauce babyyy)
  3. Red Wine Vinegar
  4. White Vinegar (great for cooking and cleaning)
  5. Balsamic Vinegar
  6. Boxed Chicken Broth/Stock
  7. Boxed Vegetable Broth
  8. Ketchup
  9. Mayonaisse
  10. Mustard
  11. Soy Sauce
  12. Worcestershire Sauce
  13. Steak Sauce (***A1)

Canned and Jarred

  1. Canned Beans
  2. Canned Tomatoes (diced, paste, sauce)
  3. Honey
  4. Maple Syrup
  5. Jelly or Jam
  6. Salsa
  7. Pickles

Bottom Pantry

  1. Potatoes (russet and sweet)
  2. Onions (yellow and red)
  3. Garlic

Fridge –

  1. Eggs
  2. Milk (2% or Almond)
  3. Baking Soda (for freshness)
  4. Smoked Sausage (**Keeps for months)
  5. Cheese
  6. La Croix (**God bless these fabulous drinks)
  7. Margarine
  8. Butter (salted and not salted)
  9. Last but not least- 6 beers and a bottle of champagne!

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