Stock the Pantry

Posted: February 1, 2015 in The Pantry Sheet

Gradually building to a well stocked pantry means you can essentially eat for free some weeks- just for fun or when you really have to. Here’s my take on a well stocked vegan pantry. What are your pantry must have’s that aren’t on the list?

Well Stocked Pantry:

To organic or not to organic? For most bulk things it can be fairly easy to find a good deal on the organic variety. If canned, try not to compromise on BPA free. Most Trader Joe’s cans now have BPA free lining and those products are pretty affordable. For some specialty items like pitted dates, non-organic can really bring down the price point so I often compromise if I see a specialty item steal.

$1.49 ea at Giant today! Stocking up with my favorite easy beefless stew ingredient

$1.49 ea at Giant today! Stocking up with my favorite easy beefless stew ingredient


  • White Rice
  • Brown Rice
  • Wheat Bulgur
  • Quinoa (Quinoa can also sub for Bulgur)
  • White Flour
  • Whole Wheat Flour
  • Rolled and/or Quick Cooking Oats (I don’t get hung up on which kind for recipes, doesn’t make a huge difference IMO)
  • Vital Wheat Gluten
  • Brown Sugar
  • Vegan Cane Sugar
  • Buckwheat Pancake Mix
  • Chick Pea Flour and/or Gluten Free Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder (try to get aluminum free)
  • Vanilla Extract (look for sales, stock up when you can!)
  • Black Beans (pref. dried, buy in bulk)
  • Lentils (pref. dried, buy in bulk)
  • Chick Peas (dried, bulk)
  • Cashews (buy in bulk)
  • Nuts (walnuts or pecans)
  • Canned/Frozen Pumpkin
  • Canned BPA free Coconut Milk
  • Silken Tofu
  • Active Yeast
  • Nutritional Yeast (another bulk item)
  • Nori Sheets
  • Refined Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Medium and/or White Miso Paste
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Pasta
  • Jarred Tomato Sauce
  • Tomato Paste (at least one jar or BPA free can on standby)
  • Ketchup
  • Maple Syrup and/or Agave Nectar
  • Pitted Dates (sometimes the non-organic ones go on sale at the regular grocery, check it out)
  • Soy Sauce and/or Liquid Aminos
  • Mushroom/Vegan Gravy prepared or packet (stock up when it’s on sale, great “Bee” Stew Base)
  • Better than Bouillon/Veggie Broth Base or Mushroom Broth
  • Vegan Worcestershire
  • A-1 and/or fave BBQ Sauce
  • Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • Liquid Smoke

Extra Credit:

  • Vegan Panko Breading or Regular Breadcrumbs (check the label, some have milk!)
  • Coconut Palm Sugar
  • Gochujang Sauce (for bibimbap and soup)
  • Just Mayo, Veganaise, Wildwood Aioli
  • Sriracha
  • Hearts of Palm
  • Artichoke Hearts
  • Pitted Green Olives (with pimento or without)
  • Decent White Wine (for cooking, sipping)

Spice Stock:

  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Oregano
  • Mustard Powder
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Curry Powdeer
  • Hungarian Paprika
  • Rubbed Sage
  • Ground and/or dried Thyme
  • Dried Basil
  • Dried Thyme
  • Dried Oregano
  • Allspice
  • Ground Cloves

Extra Credit:

  • Herbs de Provence or other favorite dried herb
  • Rosemary Plant
  • Saffron Threads
  • Goya Adobo (without salt, sin sal)
  • Goya Sazon con achiote
  • Whole Cloves
  • Garam Masala

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