Pantry Staples and Fridge Essentials List

There are thousands of pantry staples scattered across the internet, but we wanted to share a list on our site! Below our list, find links to round-ups of recipes utilizing such ingredients for more inspiration from us, food publications, and some of our favorite food blogs. 

To Keep in Your Pantry

Pantry Staples

  • Pasta, rice, and/or quinoa
  • Rolled oats and quick oats
  • Oils including olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, and canola oil (for baking)
  • Nuts
  • Nut butters and seed butters, like tahini
  • Honey, maple syrup, or silan date syrup
  • Chicken or vegetable broth
  • Canned fish including tuna and salmon
  • Jarred tomato sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Non-dairy milk (unopened, shelf-stable)
  • Dried herbs and spices, including salt and pepper

Baking Ingredients

  • Flours (all-purpose and/or almond or coconut)
  • Sugar (white sugar and brown sugar and/or coconut sugar)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Vanilla extract


To Keep in your Fridge or Freezer to Maximize Longevity


(Store everything but potatoes in the fridge to maximize longevity)

  • Potatoes and sweet potatoes
  • Lemons and oranges¬†
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Garlic

Fridge or Freezer Essentials

  • Eggs
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Milk (regular, soy, nut, or oat)
  • Chicken
  • Tofu
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt, cottage cheese
  • Condiments like ketchup and mustard
  • Vinegars (white, apple cider, red wine)
  • Frozen fish, like salmon
  • Frozen fruits and veggies

Recipe Round-Ups

Recipes using Pantry Staples and Fridge Essentials

Easy Pantry Recipes for Every Meal by Ambitious Kitchen

An All-Pantry [Dinner] Meal Plan for Coronavirus and Other Perilous Times by Epicurious