A Glimpse into My Pantry and My Top 10 Pantry Items

pantry3When it comes to kitchens, I have to admit that I am bit of a voyeur. I love seeing what other people conceal behind pantry doors. Seriously, I can’t help it, the allure of spices and non-perishables leaves me oh so curious. Paprika, cinnamon and sugar, oh my! But don’t get me wrong: I would never actually snoop in other people’s pantries … really. That’s a bit much.

It’s that sense of curiosity that keeps me going back week after week to check out Other People’s Pantry on The Perfect Pantry. I’ve gleaned great organizing ideas and tips from the weekly posts, which showcase pantries from all over the world. It’s also wildly interesting to see how a pantry in Brazil differs from one in Ohio.

Anyway, a little while back, I noticed that Lydia, who writes The Perfect Pantry, was looking for more pantries to feature. Since I had recently gotten control of my pantry with some new organizing tools, it seemed like the perfect time to share mine, so I sent her a note. Next thing you know, I was sending photos and descriptions over.

That was about a month ago … my pantry appeared this weekend. It was really exciting to see how my ideas resonated with others.

So, speaking of my pantry, I was thinking about the things that I just cannot live without in my pantry. There are some ingredients that are just musts for me. So, I figured I would share my top 10 must haves. Of course, I made a few self-imposed rules: I limited this list to items with a longer shelf life (so potatoes, onions, garlic and the like were out). And I let myself lump together a few like-items (flours, sugars, etc).

But, being the kitchen voyeur I am, I want to know what yours are too! Share your top 10 must have pantry items in the comments! I can’t wait to hear about the things you love.

  1. Salts – Kosher and sea salt
  2. Paprika – Hungarian sweet and Spanish smoked
  3. Sugars – light brown sugar, granulated sugar and confectioner’s sugar
  4. Flours – whole wheat flour and unbleached all purpose flour
  5. Baking powder
  6. Pasta in a few different shapes
  7. Balsamic vinegar
  8. Good red wine
  9. Peanut Butter & Co Peanut Butter (my fav is The Bees Knees)
  10. Extra virgin olive oil

So, what are your 10?


  1. zoe p. says

    I love your big cheap spices! Where do you find them?
    .-= zoe p.´s last blog ..Borscht: a hot fruit salad in winter =-.

  2. says

    It would be hard to narrow it down since we’re a family of six and everyone has their favorite dishes, but for me the list would look something like this (using your same self-imposed rules and in no particular order):

    1. Flours–whole wheat and unbleached white
    2. Sugars–light brown and granulated
    3. Salt–RealSalt (my absolute fave)
    4. Chocolate chips–semi-sweet, milk, chunks, mini and dark
    5. Black beans
    6. Oils–olive and canola
    7. Baking powder
    8. Baking soda
    9. Oatmeal
    10. Nesquik

    Can you tell we do a lot of cookie baking and my kids have a penchant for chocolate milk? 😉
    .-= Emily H.´s last blog ..Tied up in knots for a good cause =-.

  3. says

    Thanks so much for sharing your pantry on Other People’s Pantries. I think we’re all voyeurs at heart. Of course I’d have a hard time picking 10 must-have pantry items, but key on the list would be salt, pepper (various types), olive oil, lemons, canned tomato, balsamic vinegar, beans, and Chinese chili paste with garlic.

  4. Joie says

    I’d have an easier time writing this list for my long shelf life fridge items… various mustards, few different kinds of olives, capers… but I’ll stick to the rules!

    1. pasta
    2. canned tomatoes
    3. few different kinds of olive oil
    4. aged balsamic
    5. salt & pepper (few types of each)
    6. tahini
    7. all spices but especially my favorite dill
    8. rice/grains – brown rice, couscous, quinoa, etc
    9. tuna
    10. popcorn
    11. dog treats :)

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