Cooking 101: A guide to filling your pantry

Instagram pretty pantries aren’t the end goal

A pantry stores not so perishable foods and flavour for you to build your meals upon. A pantry is your bulky meal filler builder, easy flavour source and an essential building block of a kitchen. I try to interchange my ingredients regularly, sauces, spices, pastes are my favourite. If there are ingredients on here you haven’t heard of. Take this list and go find them.

A pantry…

Stock it well and all you need at the shops is fresh produce and maybe some meat/dairy. Better yet if sh*t hits the fan and you don’t have time to get to the shops, you’ll be able to make a meal in a pinch from your pantry.

Build your pantry slowly. Respect the space you have and the contents of it. Keep it organised - but don’t fret if it looks ‘lived in’.

This list is a start, it’s here to inspire not constrict.


 

NUTS + SEEDS

  • Almonds

  • Brazil nuts

  • Cashews

  • Hazelnuts

  • Macadamia’s

  • Peanuts

  • Pine nuts

  • Pistachio

  • Walnuts

  • Sesame seeds (black or white)

  • Poppy seeds

  • Chia seeds

  • Pepita seeds

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Hemp seeds

DRIED FRUIT

  • Coconut

  • Cacao

  • Carob

  • Apricot

  • Berries

  • Cherries

  • Goji berries

  • Dates

HERBS + SPICES

  • Bay

  • Cinnamon

  • Clove

  • Coriander

  • Cumin

  • Curry

  • Fennel

  • Fenugreek

  • Garlic

  • Ginger

  • Onion

  • Oregano

  • Paprika (smoked, sweet)

  • Parsley

  • Pepper

  • Rosemary

  • Salt (himalayan, smoked, sea)

  • Star anise

  • Thyme

  • Turmeric

  • Vanilla bean

OIL

  • Coconut oil

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Avocado

  • Hazelnut

  • Sesame

  • Cacao butter

FLOUR + MEAL

  • Wholemeal flour

  • Spelt flour

  • Rice flour

  • Banana flour

  • Buckwheat

  • Tapioca

  • Corn flour

SAUCES / VINEGAR / PASTES

  • Tamari

  • Soy

  • Fish sauce

  • Rice wine vinegar

  • Apple cider vinegar

  • White vinegar

  • Red wine vinegar

  • White wine vinegar

  • Stock powder

  • Tomato paste

  • Miso paste

  • Coconut milk

  • Coconut cream

SWEETENERS + SUGARS

  • Honey

  • Maple syrup

  • Rice malt syrup

  • Coconut sugar

  • Panella sugar

  • Rapadura sugar

BEANS AND LEGUMES

  • Chickpeas

  • Lentils (green, red, beluga, French etc)

  • Beans (white, kidney, black eyed, mung)

GRAINS / PASTA / RICE

  • Barley

  • Rye

  • Quinoa

  • Millet

  • Faro

  • Pasta

  • Rice (white, brown, basmati)

  • Vermicelli noodles

  • Rice paper rolls

  • Soba noodles