In Stock

December 15, 2006

Inspired by Intlxpatr, who has a great list of must-have items for any kitchen, here is my stock list. I’ll be updating this post over the next few days to include comments and links.

Baking Cupboard

  • Unbleached all-purpose white flour
    • Bleach in flour can’t be a good thing.
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Semolina
  • Cornstarch
  • Rice flour
    • A thickening agent.
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Vanilla
  • Almond extract
  • Orange extract
  • Red food coloring
    • Gives Sweet & Sour Chicken an authentic restaurant-feel.
  • Wheat germ
  • Cocoa powder
  • Quick-cooking oats
  • Salt
  • Non-fat dry milk powder
  • Sugar
  • Icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
    • I always keep some in a shaker so that I can sift it over desserts.
  • Dark brown sugar/dark muscovado
    • Muscovado is much better than dark brown sugar. Its flavor is more intense and you can really taste the molasses.
  • Light brown sugar/ light muscovado
  • Raw (cane) sugar
    • For some reason, this sugar works better in sauces.
  • Sweetened condensed milk

Spice Cupboard

  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Marjoram
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Ginger
  • Onion powder
  • Onion flakes
  • Garlic powder
  • Saffron
  • Chili powder
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Herbs de Provence
  • Curry
  • Mustard powder
  • Dill
  • Whole nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric
  • Bay leaves
  • Cardamom pods
  • Whole cloves
  • Black peppercorns
  • Sea salt
  • Salt

Pasta/Asian Cupboard

Yes,really. A cupboard dedicated solely to pasta. Actually it’s only one shelf. The top shelf is dedicated to my love for Chinese and Thai food. (* indicates that once opened, it belongs in the fridge.)

  • Various pastas but always: spaghetti, linguine, penne rigate, lasagna, cannelloni, farfalle, vermicelli, macaroni, rigatoni
  • Canned plum tomatoes (LOTS!)
  • Tomato paste*
  • Capers*
  • Sun-dried tomatoes*
  • Anchovies*
  • Chick peas (Garbanzo)
  • Evaporated milk*
  • Soy sauce*
  • Dark soy sauce*
  • Sesame oil
  • Hoison sauce*
  • Oyster sauce*
  • Sweet chili sauce*
  • Black bean paste/sauce*
  • Thai fish sauce*
  • Cellophane noodles
  • Canned pineapple chunks

Breakfast/Lunch/Snack Cupboard

  • Cereals
  • Instant oatmeal packs
  • Raisins
  • Tea (Variety)
    • English Breakfast, Regular, Chamomile for when someone has a cough
  • Raw (cane) sugar cubes
  • Creamers
  • Honey
  • Peanut butter
  • Nutella
  • Raspberry jam
  • Fluff
  • Evaporated milk
  • Hot cocoa mixes
  • Saltines
  • Puffac
  • Digestive biscuits
  • Chocolate covered digestive biscuits
  • Popcorn

Bottom Cabinets

  • Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Onions (Red, yellow, white)
  • Rice


  • Milk
  • Juice boxes
  • White grape juice
    • I use it as a substitute for white wine.
  • Red grape juice
    • A substitute for red wine. Add a little red vinegar to give it a zing.
  • Orange juice
  • Lebnah
    • Also known as Greek yogurt or strained yogurt.
  • Butter made with either sunflower or canola oil
  • Cottage cheese
  • Feta cheese
  • Parmesan
  • Mozzarella
    • Whole and shredded.
  • Sliced cheese
  • Cheddar
  • Beef salami
  • Turkey bacon
  • Sliced deli turkey or chicken
  • Pestos: Genovese, Siciliana, and rosso (red)
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonaisse
  • Mustard
  • Dijon
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Tahina
  • Syrup
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Lemons
  • Zucchini
  • Oranges/Tangerines
  • Grapes
  • Apples
  • Fruit – whatever is in season


  • Butter
  • Chocolate chips
  • Miniature chocolate chips
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Chicken breasts
  • Ground beef
  • Chicken nuggets
  • French fries
  • Homemade marinara sauce
  • Pizza dough
  • Soups
  • Phyllo dough
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Green beans
  • Mixed vegetable packets
  • Waffles
  • Bagels
  • Pancakes (homemade)
  • Parathas
  • Coffee

Oils/Canned Food/Legumes/Miscellany Cupboard

(Shares a cupboard with the spices, and is conveniently situated next to the stove.)

  • Italian extra-virgin olive oil
  • Greek extra-virgin olive oil
    • It’s too strong for some people but I love it, especially drizzled over lebnah.
  • Canola oil
  • White vinegar
  • Grape vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Bouillon cubes (chicken, vegetable, beef)
  • Liquid stock
  • Cooking spray
  • Lentils
  • Kidney beans
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Green chiles

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  1. Holy Smokes, Stinni, I’ve been trying to comment all day. What a fabulous list! My list was for newlyweds, and people who move and have to start over again – your must have a fabulous pantry! I bet you’re a great cook.

  2. Your list was great, and had a lot of items that most people don’t even think about.

    My list isn’t for everyone, I just wanted to share. 🙂 You’ll notice there’s no meat (with the exception of ground beef for meatballs), no fish (I hate fish, refuse to cook it), and no alcohol/pork because my husband doesn’t drink/eat it.

    Thanks for the idea – I had a lot of fun doing this post. 🙂

  3. Contents of refrigerator: beer, cream, water, diet coke, condiments….lol

    oh, and left over 99’s that Steph wont throw out…..

    email me!

  4. What a gourmet-sounding cupboard! It sounds really well stocked. But…do you still find it tough to meal plan? I admit I’ve been really struggling with that lately, esp. with a toddler around. And especially with coming up with interesting meals on a budget. It seems the Brits, on the whole, tend to just buy chilled/frozen ready-meals and cooking is becoming a lost art–despite all the celeb chefs! I wish we had room in this tiny house for a large chest freezer. That would really help!

    Anyway, my day is just starting so I’d better glug some coffee and get started on the laundry. Take care and have a restful Christmas (if I dont’ talk to you before then).

  5. im jealous of ur cupboards hahahaha

    I have currently:

    Skimmed Milk
    4 eggs
    1/2 a block of cheese
    Brown Rice
    Spagetti Pasta
    6 tins of Chopped Tomatoes
    Garlic Paste
    Tomato Puree
    Black Bean Sauce
    4 frozen chicken breasts
    2 boxes on ground beef mince meat

  6. That is such an interesting list, I tend to obsess over canned tomatoes and tuna! But did you forget dried parsley??? Or do you always use fresh?
    Hope you have a lovely holiday

  7. Kerrie – I can remember a time not too long ago that my fridge was just like yours. Heh. E-mail? Who has time for e-mail?!?! (Will try tonight. BTW – thanks for the karaoke site. I think I sang “Aint Nobody” at least twenty times the other night!!)

    Carla – Both of my children are going through a “Nothing but chicken nuggets, fries, pizza or pasta” phase right now so meal planning can be frustrating. Having a well-stocked kitchen with basics helps a lot though. Merry Christmas. 🙂

    Ananyah – Not bad! And I know you can cook because I’ve peeked at your cooking section a few times. 🙂

    Cousin Betsy – Long time! I bought dried parsley for the first time about a month ago because I was trying out some recipes for salad dressings. Not bad. I always use fresh with food because it’s so readily available and tasty.

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