Stocking Your Pantry

A kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a properly stocked pantry. If you are setting up your kitchen for the first time, you are in good hands. I’ve compiled a list of ingredients that you will cook with over and over again. For those who have been cooking for awhile, just use this as your checklist. You can take this opportunity to clear out some old stuff and add whatever you are missing into your pantry.


There are hundreds of different spices used in different parts of the world. Spices define a dish and give it character. When you think about it, most of the meats and vegetables are the same all over the world, however they can taste very different depending on how they were prepared and what spices were used. Did you know some spices like saffron can get more expensive than gold? Don’t worry, Gleeful Gourmets is not about cooking extravagant dishes with saffron. I will stick with comment spices you can find from your local grocery store.

When cooking it is always best to use fresh ingredients including herbs whenever you can. However, when it comes to spices fresh isn’t always available. So having the following spices in your pantry at all times will come in handy.

Sea salt
Table salt
Black pepper
Garlic powder
Parsley flakes
Bay leaves
Chili flakes
Ground cinnamon
Cumin powder
Fennel seeds
Five-spice powder
Garam masala
Curry powder


There are many types of oil out there and each has its own flavour and purpose. Vegetable oil usually gets a lot hotter than other types of oil, therefore it is best for stir-frying vegetables. Olive oil are best for marinating, making dressings and drizzling. Others are for adding extra flavour to your cooking.

Vegetable oil
Olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil
Sesame oil


Great for marinating, making dressings and general cooking.

White vinegar
Apple cider vinegar
Balsamic vinegar
Red wine vinegar
White wine vinegar

Flours & Dry stored foods

All purpose flour
Bread crumbs

Sauces & Condiments

These are some of the last minute additions that will add zest to any meal.

French mustard
Dijon mustard
Soy sauce
Hoisin sauce
Fish sauce
Worcestershire sauce

Sugars & Honey

Brown sugar

Pasta & Rice

These are key accompaniments and ingredients in a variety of meals.

Dried pasta
Chow mein noodles
Basmati rice
Risotto rice
White rice

Cans & Jars

Coconut milk
Diced tomatoes
Tomatoes paste

Broth & Bouillon Cubes

These will speed up your cooking in no time. Organic is the tastiest and they have no added flavourings.

Chicken broth
Beef broth
Vegetable broth




Fresh broth
Frozen shrimps
Frozen sweet corn
Frozen peas

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