Kitchen basics are subjective since every family and ethnicity has different cooking methods, ingredients and even “tools” that they utilize. Here’s what I consider my basics list; however it is by no means comprehensive since you’ll find that as you venture into uncharted recipe territory you’ll add new pans, ingredients, techniques etc.
Oh, and that’s my dream pantry to the right. Cooking is so much easier when you’re prepped and have your cooking tools organized, but that’s another post in itself.
Tools of the trade
Baking pan(s)/cookie sheet(s)
Sugar (granulated,confectioners and brown)
Pancake mix (Bisquick etc)
Rice (box,bag or both)
Canned pasta sauce
Canned beans/vegetables (your favorite variety)
Condiments (Mustard,mayonnaise,ketchup,hot sauce etc)
Seasoning salt or any other favorite specialty spice
Spice rack (a premade one is a good way to start)
Once again, this list isn’t comprehensive and doesn’t account for the regular perishable basics like bread, milk, yogurt, real butter, eggs, fresh vegetables, meats etc.
I know the list may look daunting to someone that’s new to the kitchen, but combined with a little bit of creativity and a willingness to experiment–I have no doubt that even the most culinary illiterate amongst us will be creating fun, tasty dishes in no time. Bon appétit!