Stocking your Kitchen

Kitchen hang-ups are usually caused by one of two things: you don’t have an ingredient on hand, or you don’t have the right cooking equipment. To help decrease stress in the kitchen, use the following lists to help you stock your kitchen for success.


Remember you do not need to buy all of these items all at once. Slowly accumulate them over time and purchase them when they are at bargain prices. For example, look for herbs and spices at dollar stores or pots and pans at Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or at garage sales.

Pantry Items

Dry Goods
    • All-purpose flour
    • Whole wheat flour
    • Rolled oats
    • Whole grain brown rice
    • Cornmeal
    • Baking powder
    • Baking soda
    • Whole grain pasta
Oils and Sauces
    • Canola oil
    • Olive Oil
    • Non-stick spray
    • White vinegar
    • Soy sauce
    • Mustard (yellow or Dijon).
    • Mayonnaise
Herbs and Spices
    • Salt
    • Black pepper
    • Basil
    • Oregano
    • Cumin
    • Crushed red pepper (if you like spice)
    • Cinnamon
    • Curry powder
    • Chili powder
    • Garlic powder
    • Soup base (such as sodium free bouillon cubes)
Canned Goods
    • Tomatoes (diced, paste, sauce)
    • Low-sodium beans (black, pinto, white, garbanzo)
    • Pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
    • Pasta sauce

Pots & Pans
    • small sauce pot with lid
    • big stock pot with lid
    • small fry pan/ skillet
    • large fry pan/ skillet
    • Casserole dishes (one large, one small)
    • Cookie sheets (2 or 3)
    • Muffin tin
    • Pie plate
Kitchen Utensils
    • Mixing bowls
    • Cutting boards
    • Measuring cups and spoons
    • Liquid measuring cup (glass works great because you can put it in the microwave!)
    • Wooden spoons
    • Plastic spatulas (pancake flipper)
    • Colander or strainer
    • Small knives
    • Large knife
    • Serrated knife
    • Grater
    • Can opener
    • Aluminum foil
    • Plastic wrap
    • Re-sealable storage bags or containers