Kitchen Essentials Food List

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Looking for a list of essential kitchen ingredients? I have a food list below to help you stock your kitchen, freezer and pantry for the first time!

In any house, you need to have some pantry staples in your kitchen, for when you cook. This blogpost is aimed at helping you by giving you a guiding kitchen essentials food list which you can use as a basic food shopping list.

Think of it as a basic grocery shopping list or a new home shopping list. Imagine you have to start from scratch in your kitchen. What would you need there?

We had to do this at the beginning of 2018 when we moved into our new house, but we are still expanding the contents of our pantry!

What you keep in your pantry is obviously up to you, and dependent largely on your dietary habits.

But for most people (with no allergic or special requirements), below in the table is a list of some basic kitchen essentials (food items) that you may or may not want to keep.

paprika peppers

I understand all ingredients can be personal as people may have an aversion to some stuff, but in our house, we eat most things (though my daughter hates onions, and my wife has just told me she does not like it when I use Chinese 5 spice)!

Otherwise, we are pretty flexible and the pantry probably reflects that. We are lucky to have a fairly well-stocked refrigerator and a full pantry.

If you are lucky enough to have a garden or a balcony, you can perhaps keep fresh herbs too. This not only makes life very easy but also ensures you get the greatest tastes, as you cannot beat fresh ingredients.

We do have some fresh herbs in the garden here at home, but just rosemary and thyme for now, but we will be expanding it soon.

If you do not have the possibility, these days you can buy frozen herbs which are also very good and you can keep in your freezer.

Alternatively, you can grow plants on your window sill in the kitchen maybe if you have some light?

kitchen equipment herbs

This list below is really a reflection of what we have at any one time in the house –  it is under constant review and expansion 🙂

Meats are generally not on the list as we tend to buy that fresh when we need it and put it in the fridge. Although there may be some meats stored in the freezer for an emergency.

Grocery Checklist

We used to use Wunderlist to manage our grocery shopping. It was a fantastic app. Unfortunately, Microsoft bought it and shut them down so they could replace it with their own app.

So now we use Any.do to plan and track our grocery shopping. It does pretty much the same thing and you can add things to your shopping list verbally using Alexa which is quite handy, as we have an Echo Dot in the kitchen (brilliant btw if you do not have one of these already).

My wife can also update the shopping list remotely while I am in the store and we have no reason to forget anything anymore. I will see her changes as I shop and tick the items off the list. It really does work well. 

So if you are starting from scratch or wondering how to stock a pantry for the first time, or you want a general household essentials list, this is a good essential shopping list to start with.

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Kitchen Essentials Food List

 

I hope you will find this list useful in your day to day restocking of your pantry supplies, or in use as a new home or apartment grocery list.

See the other post listed below for a basic kitchen needs list and kitchen necessities which are more aimed at tools and equipment you may need in a new kitchen.

 

Food Pantry List

Fridge Essentials

Freezer Essentials

Pantry Staples

Herbs/Spices

BeerChicken breastBaking sodaBasil
Cheddar cheeseFish fingersBiscuitsBay leaves
Cheddar CheeseFrozen BaconBreadBouquet garni
Dijon MustardFrozen Cod / salmonCaster & demerera  sugar (for baking)Chicken spices
English MustardFrozen fruit (for smoothies)Cereals Dried chillies / red peppers
Fresh chilliesFrozen grated cheeseChipsGarlic Powder
Fresh GingerFrozen herbsCooking sprayGravy powder
Fruit juiceFrozen pollack / mackerelCorn FlourIndian spices (garam masala, cardamom, coriander, cumin, dried chillies etc – long list)
Goose fatFrozen shrimpCrackersMixed herbs
HamGround beefDried Apricots / sultanas / nutsOnion powder
Heinz KetchupIce creamEgg NoodlesParsley
Hellman’s MayonnaiseIceEggsQuick working yeast (Baking)
Indian curry pastesMango chunksFresh fruitRosemary
JamPork SausagesGarlicSalt/Pepper
Lemon juicePrawnsHoneyStock cubes (chicken, lamb, vegetable, beef)
Marmalade Lyle’s Golden SyrupThyme
Milk Marmite / Vegemite (look it up – u love it or you hate it!)Turmeric
Paprika NutsVarious other herbs & spices
Paprikas Oats, Granola, Muesli 
Parmesan cheese Olive oil 
Pickles Onions 
Premium soy sauce Pasta (various sorts incl. spaghetti) 
Redcurrant jelly Peanut Butter 
Roquefort cheese Peanut oil 
Salted Butter Plain Flour 
Soy sauce Rice (various types, normally basmati and Long grain) 
Spreadable cheese Self-Raising Flour 
Sriracha sauce Sesame oil 
Yoghurt Tabasco 

Fresh Vegetables

 Tinned Beans (various like kidney beans, black beans, baked beans) 
Bell Peppers Tinned Coconut milk 
Baby tomatoes Tinned Sweet corn 
Courgettes Tinned tomatoes 
Egg Plant Tinned tuna 
Fresh Tomatoes  Vegetable Oil 
Mushrooms Walnut oil 
Spring onions Worcestershire sauce 
  

Fresh Vegetables

 
  Potatoes 
  Onions 
  Garlic 
  Carrots 

Other cooking essentials

 

If you are shopping for a new kitchen and found this post useful, you may also find these posts of interest:

 

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