Stocking Your Pantry

cocoaI don’t have an actual pantry, but my dream kitchen would have one the size of my current kitchen. I can see it now: shelf upon shelf of jars, containers, bags of chocolate chips, cans of pumpkin, bottles of molasses…well, maybe someday.

In the meantime, I’ve commandeered one cabinet for nearly all of my baking stuff, though I do keep my spices in a separate place. I tend to have everything on the following lists in my pantry cabinet and spice cabinet at any given time.

Pantry Items 

Basics

  • White flour
  • White sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Cream of tartar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Unsweetened baking chocolate
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Milk chocolate chips
  • Walnuts
  • Old-fashioned oats
  • Molasses
  • Light corn syrup

What I also usually have

  • Active dry yeast
  • Wheat flour
  • Cake flour
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Bittersweet chocolate chips
  • Toffee pieces
  • Pecans
  • Blanched almonds
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Maple syrup

Spices & Extracts

Basics

  • Vanilla extract
  • Almond extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves

What I also usually have

  • Vanilla beans
  • Maple flavoring
  • Lemon extract
  • Orange extract
  • Peppermint extract
  • Allspice
  • Mace
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