I decided to create this page because when I first started cooking, the biggest deterrent was not having the required ingredients or appliances at my convenience. Slowly, I bought necessities for my kitchen but even to date, I still find myself needing things. The purpose of pri’s pantry is twofold: (1) to provide you with more information regarding the ingredients I use in my recipris and (2) to help you stock your kitchen properly.
People often ask me where they can purchase the ingredients used in my recipris. Please visit my amazon.com store to purchase some of the unique ingredients I use in my cooking (such as specialty cooking sauces) and/or to learn more about the products I use. A few things to note: amazon.com sells many ingredients in bulk form and therefore, the price tags are higher than those listed in my recipris. Also, I only list ingredients that can be stored for awhile without going bad, as most people will probably go to their local grocery store or farmer’s market for produce, dairy products, and the like. Finally, some ingredients can’t be purchased on amazon.com and as such, I’ve linked them to a web product description.
I’ve gone through my kitchen and composed a list of ingredients and appliances that I believe are necessary to have in the kitchen. I’ve added in my personal notes as to why I think they are kitchen necessities. Also, if you have a kitchen with all the products below, I believe you will (1) save a lot of money long-term by eating out less and (2) live a more healthy lifestyle by eating healthy, homemade food. As a tip, to make cooking easier for myself, I chop all the veggies (onions, tomatoes, etc.) and destem herbs (cilantro, basil, etc.) on Sunday night so they are ready for the week.
spices, seasonings, oils, sauces:
- black pepper*
- dried basil*
- dried oregano*
- crushed red pepper*
- taco seasoning*
- olive oil
- balsamic vinegar (A quick appetizer for guests is olive oil & balsamic vinegar dip, served with a warm loaf of bread.)
- soy sauce
*Do NOT buy these in the small containers in your grocery store’s spice isle. They are a total rip off – usually around $8 – $10. Instead, most grocery stores sell spices in plastic packaging, which is much cheaper. You can buy your own storage containers (and create your own spice rack!) and refill them or just keep the spices in plastic bags. Alternatively, Trader Joe’s sells spices at very reasonable prices in small glass bottles.
- bread crumbs (I use these in many of my recipes, including mozzarella cheese sticks and jalapeno poppers. You can use them to bread just about any vegetable.)
- white or brown rice (pair with vegetables, tofu, or lentils)
- pasta (toss with veggies for a quick meal)
- tea (I drink chai every morning. If you drink coffee, you can substitute/add that.)
- crackers (If someone drops by unexpectedly, serve crackers & cheese as a last minute, quick appetizer.)
- canned black beans
- red onions
- eggs (I make an omelette for breakfast about 3x a week.)
- salsa (for enchiladas, black beans, or other Mexican food)
- shredded cheese
- sundried tomatoes
- fruit (healthy snack food)
- hot sauce
- marinara sauce
appliances & utensils:
- toaster / toaster oven
- measuring cups & spoons (for following my recipris & other recipes)
- cutting board
- glass or plastic food storage containers (I generally make extra servings to take for lunch the following day.)
- mini food processor (makes chopping quicker & easier!)
- good quality knives
- colander (for pasta & for washing canned foods, such as beans)
- non-stick pan
- small steel pot (for tea, making sauces)
- large steel pot (for boiling pasta)
- baking dish
- can opener
- mixing bowl
- kitchen towels (for cleaning, much more eco-friendly than paper towels)
Don’t be overwhelmed by the list or the potential cost. My secret? I love shops like Ross & Marshall’s. Their kitchen sections are amazing and you can buy great products for really good prices.
Is there anything on your kitchen list that’s not on mine? Do share by posting in the comment section below. I hope this post was helpful! Good luck in your next kitchen adventure.