Thursday, March 17, 2011


So I'm in the process of cleaning out my house and of course, getting all of my stuff ready to move (hopefully into my new country cottage house). I have a lot of stuff in my kitchen that I know that I do not use. And it is my priority for my next place to keep organize (hopefully I can keep this up for the rest of my life...I know good luck right? hahaaa). Anyways, I stumbled upon this list on the Rachel Ray show and website that shows what Rachel Ray uses as her essential cooking ingredients in her pantry.

I just love Rachel Ray. Not because she is the best cook or anything; it's just that she makes everything look so easy and fast. I'm a very busy woman (like most of you), and I don't have a bunch of time to spend in the kitchen. But I do want my family to eat healthy and enjoy a good meal. And Rachel Ray does just that on her show. I'm serious, EVERYTHING that she cooks on her show just looks so delicious, and she makes it look so easy.

So I am in an effort to stock my pantry with these essentials, so should you:

Here's a master shopping list of ingredients to have on hand at all times. You can print this out and take it to the grocery store with you every so often to make sure you have everything in stock. These ingredients will help make mealtime even simpler because you won't need to run out to the store every time you cook! Plus, some of Rach's recipes use ONLY cupboard ingredients, for when you're really running short on time!

Note: Buy the smallest unit of spices available so you can replenish them as they age. Anything over 6 months old should be thrown out. Salt and pepper are the exceptions to this rule and can be bought in larger quantities because you'll use more of them.

Baking Goods and Spices

  • Ground Allspice
  • Bay Leaves
  • Chili Powder
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Coriander
  • Ground Cumin
  • Curry Paste or Powder
  • Fennel Seeds
  • Grill Seasoning
  • Whole Nutmeg
  • Dried Oregano
  • Paprika, Smoked and Regular
  • Poultry Seasoning
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Dried Thyme
  • Coarse Salt
  • Coarse Black Pepper or Peppercorns
  • White Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Cayenne Flour


  • Hot Sauce
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Spicy Brown Mustard
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Capers
  • Roasted Red Peppers (jarred)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Mayonnaise
  • Bread Crumbs, Plain and Italian
  • EVOO (you know what that is!)
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Honey
  • Tamari
  • Vinegar: Red Wine, Balsamic, and a mild light one like cider, rice or white wine

Dairy and Deli

  • Milk
  • Half-and-Half
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • Grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • Bacon


  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Flat Leaf Parsley
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Idaho Potatoes
  • Small Red, Baby Potatoes
  • Yukon Gold or Small White Boiling Potatoes
  • Spanish or Yellow Onions
  • Shallots
  • Garlic

Freezer Items

  • Frozen Peas
  • Frozen Corn
  • Frozen Chopped Spinach

Canned Goods/Pantry

  • Chicken Stock (boxed)
  • Beef Stock (boxed)
  • Italian Tuna (in EVOO)
  • Tuna in Water
  • Canned Clams
  • Canned Alaskan Salmon
  • Anchovy Filets
  • Diced Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
  • Canned Crushed Tomatoes
  • Canned Tomato Paste
  • Canned Tomato Sauce
  • Chipotle Chilies in Adobo or Dry Chipotle Powder
  • Canned Black Beans
  • Canned Chick Peas
  • Canned Cannellini Beans

Other Groceries

  • Long-Cut Pastas
  • Short-Cut Pastas
  • Couscous
  • White Rice
  • Loaf of bread


  • White Wine (one bottle)
  • Red Wine (one bottle)
  • Dry Sherry
My hubby and I do keep a small supply of food storage essentials because with everything that is going on in the world today, you just never know what is going to happen. So I encourage all of you to please keep a small amount of food on hand. For a family of 4, you should keep about 3-6 months food supply. Stock up on dry goods that can last for a very long time. Don't just shop at Sam's Club and Costco, you should seek out professional food storage places or online. Your food storage supply should last at least 20 to 30 years (if you keep it sealed and in a dry and cool place). Using this list of essential ingredients and spices on hand, you can mix this in with your food storage and have a very healthy and delicious meal.


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