21 Pantry Staples To Always Have On Hand

How well is your pantry and fridge stocked?  Do you have enough basic ingredients to come up with a meal?

My daughter and I have fun with what we call “Pantry Mystery Meals”.  We look in our pantries and come up with a meal using whatever we have on hand.

In order to play this game, you need to keep your pantry and fridge stocked with some simple, basic ingredients that can be used in a variety of ways.

Everyone’s list will vary according to taste, but here is my “Staple Foods” list:

  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Nuts
  • Spices
  • Salt
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Peanut Butter
  • Tortillas
  • Bread
  • Oatmeal
  • Pasta
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Chocolate Chips

With this list of ingredients, I can usually whip up a meal, plus a dessert.

Hope you try the Pantry Mystery Meal game!


  • Using what you have on hand
  • Saving money and gas by not running to the store as much
  • Homemade food is better than fast food or boxed food
  • Cooking from scratch is healthier

It depends on your store, the distance to your store, your taste, etc., but I know this saves me, on average, $200.00 per month!

MONEY SAVED:  $200.00!




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