Pantry Staples

Ingredient: Variation: What it’s used for, brands we recommend, general info:
Annie’s Mac & Cheese Comes in a variety of flavors from stovetop to microwave Pure comfort and/or a quick meal.  Jazz it up with some cooked chicken and broccoli
Applesauce Plain to cinnamon flavored Dipping chicken, eating from the jar
Artichokes Seasoned in olive oil and herbs, canned in water, frozen Drain before using

Artichoke Dip, in pasta sauces, roasted chicken

Bacon Smoked, maple, hickory, country cut… Top a meatloaf, crumble on spinach salad, BLT, wrap a scallop, next to eggs
Baking powder baking
Baking soda Baking and cooking chickpeas
Balsamic vinegar Check where it is actually made, if you are looking for Balamic Vinegar of Modena Salad dressing, soups, tomato and mozzarella salad
BBQ Sauce Sweet, spicy, hot Anything grilled
Beans, canned Canneliini, black beans, kidney beans, Jacob’s Cattle, Navy Beans have different flavors, cooking times, and textures.  Use in white bean dip, black bean salsa, chili, and so much more. Canned beans can replace dried beans in any recipe.
Beans, dried: Too many varieties to mention Dried beans need to be soaked beforehand for faster cooking, or cooked for a longer time
Bouillon Cubes Add to soups, stews and sauces for instant stock and flavoring Vegan, vegetarian, meat, fish, chicken
Bread Whole wheat, rye, spelt Sliced, rustic or artisanal – best to freeze if not eating within a day or two of purchasing
Bread crumbs Panko or regular Panko are crunchy and regular ones more absorbent. Flavored ones are available. DIY by adding spice blends, salt and pepper.
Broth Vegetable, Chicken, Beef Premade broth-always good to have on hand
Butter Salted and unsalted Kate’s Butter and Land o’Lakes European Style butter
Canned tomatoes Sauce, purée, chopped, whole San Marzano (type of tomato, not a brand). Cento is the brand we likeSan Marzano-Style Brand are not real San Marzano tomatoes.
Canned tuna white, albacore, water packed, oil packed Types of tuna defined
Capers Salt packed and vinegar brined Veal Piccata, Puttanesca Salad w/Fried Capers
Carrots Fresh bunch, bagged or frozen Glazed, roasted, soup
Cheese Too many to mention! Special purpose cheese (entertaining or parmesan – as examples), everyday slices for sandwiches, grated
Chili Paste Tube-lasts longer and easy to use Amore brand makes a variety of everyday seasoning in convenient tubes
Chocolate: unsweetened squares, semisweet chips, cocoa powder Baking staples

Chocolates vary greatly

Buy chocolates in quantities to be stored for short periods. Chocolate can get “old.” Everyday- Droste Cocoa Powder, Ghiradelli;  Special purpose- Valrona, Callebaut,
Chutney Sweet, tangy blend of fruit, nuts, citrus Addition to Indian foods, cheddar cheese sandwiches, buy or DIY
Cocoa Powder
Cooking spray Baking sheet coating Pam Organic Canola or Olive Oil
Cornmeal Coarse-large grind

Fine-small grind

Flour-very fine

Coarse for polenta

Fine for cornbread and/or polenta

Flour pancakes or cornbread

Blend of all for rustic cornbread-DIY blend

Cornstarch Make sure organic to avoid GMO corn Thicken sauces and pie filling
Couscous Pasta that acts as a grain

Regular and Middle Eastern/Israeli/Large

How to basics
Crackers Everyday to entertaining Good to have on hand
Dijon mustard Coarse or fine Maille Old Style Dijon, Maille Traditional Dijon Mustard, salad dressing, chicken
Dried fruits: raisinsapricots
Duck Sauce
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Extracts: vanilla, lemon, almond, orange
Flour: All-purpose, whole wheat, cake, bread
Frozen Meat
Frozen Sausages
Frozen Seafood
Frozen Vegetables
Fruit preserves, jam, jelly
Garlic, fresh
Lemons, fresh
Garlic and onions
Grains Quinoa, Cous-cous, Bulgar Wheat, Farro, Barley
Herbs & Spices Fresh ONLY Basil, Chervil, Cilantro, Mint, Lemongrass, Parsley
Hoisin Sauce
Jarred marinara sauce
Lemon & Lime Juice
Limes, fresh
Maple Syrup
Milk: boxed, powdered, evaporated milk
Nuts: almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts
Olive oil
Onions: red and yellow
Parmesan cheese
Pasta, dried: spaghetti, linguini, angel hair, fettuccine, penne, noodles
Peanut butter
Pie Dough
Pizza dough
Pizza Dough
Plain yogurt
Potato Chips
Potatoes, fresh
Puff Pastry
Red and white wine
Red wine vinegar
Rotisserie chicken
Salsa Salsa, Salsa Verde
Green Mountain Gringo Salsa
Herdez Salsas & Sauces
Salt and pepper
Seasoning Blends Cajun, Curry Powder, Herbs de Provençe, Italian, Mexican, Poultry, Tex-Mex Rub,
Soup: canned and dry bouillon
Spices Allspice, Aniseed, Bay Leaves, Cardamom, Cayenne, Chili Flakes  & Powder, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander (ground and seeds), Cumin Powder & Seed, Dill, Fennel Seeds, Garlic Powder, Ginger (ground & crystalized), Marjarom, Mustard (dried), Nutmeg (whole), Oregano, Paprika (sweet & hot, smoked), Peppercorns (white, Telicherry, Rainbow, Pink), Rosemary, Savory, Sage Powder, Tarragon, Thyme, Turmeric
Sugar White, Brown Light & Dark Raw, Demerara, Granulated, Powdered, Baking
Sugar: granulated, confectioner’s, light and dark brown
Tomato paste
Tomatoes: canned whole, crushed, chopped, puree, sauce, fresh
Tortilla Chips
Tuna, canned
Vegetable oil
Yeast, dry active