The Basics

pantryKitchen 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.

My Basics

Tools of the trade
Dish set
Glass set
Silverware set
Knife set
Pot/Pan set
Baking pan(s)/cookie sheet(s)
Mixing bowl(s)
Measuring cups/spoons
Can opener
Spatulas
Serving spoons
Strainer
Cutting board(s)

Cupboard/pantry inventory
Flour
Sugar (granulated,confectioners and brown)
Baking soda
Baking powder
Cocoa powder
Chocolate chips
Shortening (Crisco)
Cooking spray
Canola oil
Oatmeal
Breakfast cereal
Pancake mix (Bisquick etc)
Rice (box,bag or both)
Pasta
Canned pasta sauce
Canned tomatoes/sauce
Canned beans/vegetables (your favorite variety)
Condiments (Mustard,mayonnaise,ketchup,hot sauce etc)
Soy sauce
Worcestershire sauce
BBQ sauce
Peanut butter
Jelly/jam
Honey
Maple syrup
Salt/Pepper
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!