One of the most asked questions by The Frugal Housewife readers is “What are the pantry staples that you keep stocked in your pantry?”. My must have list of pantry staples is pretty basic but it is well stocked with each item and allows me to create really inexpensive meals.
One thing we do is make a lot of our own mixes and seasonings because I have to watch my sodium intake and a lot of premade mixes contain a lot of sodium. So we keep a lot of items in our pantry that allow me to do make our own mixes and blends. I’ve also included on the list “Broth or Stock”. This is one of the items that I have to make because of the sodium. For other people who don’t have to watch their sodium, it would be a must have pantry item.
Here is a list of very basic ingredients to get you started in creating your own pantry stockpile.
The Frugal Housewife Pantry Staples List
- Flour — Self-Rising and All Purposes
- Sugar — White, brown & confectioner’s
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Cocoa Powder
- Dried Beans
- Diced Tomatoes
- Pasta Sauce
- Peanut Butter
- Chili Beans
- Oil — We use Peanut, Vegetable, Olive, Canola.
- Canned Tuna
- Canned Broth or Stock
- Chili Powder
- Garlic Powder (not Garlic Salt – There is a difference)
- Onion Powder
- Dry Chopped Onions
- Italian Seasoning
- Green Peas
- Mixed Vegetables
- Green beans
- Meat – beef, pork & chicken
With a well stocked pantry you can create a delicious meal at a moment’s notice without having to run to the grocery store! What pantry staples do we keep stocked that you don’t? What pantry staples do you keep in your pantry? We’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment!