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    Kitchen Staples: For Your Grown-up Place

    One of the most daunting things about moving out of the home you grew up in and into your first real home or apartment, meaning college dorms don’t count, is figuring out what the hell you need to have in your kitchen. My mom always had random cans of beans, baked goods, and general items that I didn’t understand the purpose of until I needed it and we had it there all ready to go. If you want to avoid constantly running to the store for stuff and can afford to, it might be a good idea to stock up on stuff like that early. That way, it’s there if you need it or just have to remember, I really do have food at home. Read on for the kitchen staples we think will at least get you started on the right foot in your new space.

    For the Pantry: these items will likely serve as the bases for some of your meals or enable you to quickly feed yourself

    • Oils: Olive, Vegetable, Sesame
    • Soy Sauce
    • Kinds of vinegar: White, Balsamic, Red Wine
    • Honey or Agave syrup
    • Canned Tomatoes + Tomato Paste
    • Chicken + Vegetable Broth
    • Mustards + Ketchup
    • Hot Sauce
    • Dried/Canned beans
    • Raw nuts
    • Canned tuna (if you eat that)
    • Rice
    • Pasta
    • Grits/Cream of Wheat
    • Potatoes
    • Add on any other oils or condiments you like
    • Add on your favorite snacks

    Spices: if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen

    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • Chili Powder
    • Paprika
    • Cinnamon
    • Nutmeg
    • Cumin
    • Oregano
    • Garlic
    • Onions
    • Lemons
    • Vanilla Extract
    • Rosemary
    • Lemon Pepper
    • Onion Powder
    • Garlic Powder
    • Peppers + Onions + Garlic (keep them in your fridge)
    Kitchen Staples

    Source: cupofjo.com

    For baking (if that’s your fancy):

    • All-purpose flour (+ wheat flour)
    • Sugar (white + brown)
    • Baking cocoa powder
    • Baking powder
    • Baking soda
    • Evaporated Milk
    • Food coloring
    • Butter (keep some extras in the freezer)
    • Powdered sugar
    • 9-inch round cake pan
    • 9-inch pie plate
    • Mixer
    • Rolling Pin
    • 8-inch loaf pan
    • Cake bundt
    • Basic square pan for brownies


    • Measuring cup set
    • Measuring spoon set
    • Colander
    • Metal tongs that lock
    • Wooden spoon set (these actually help keep dishes from boiling over if you just stick it on top of the pot)
    • Spatula (silicone + metal)
    • Antibacterial cutting board/mats
    • Mixing bowls
    • Foil + parchment paper
    • Container ware
    • Food thermometer
    • Whisk
    • Grater
    • Tenderizer/Masher
    • Corkscrew
    • Knife set

    Pots and Pans:

    • Cast iron skillet
    • Nonstick skillet (get a variety of sizes and depths)
    • Baking sheet
    • 6- 8-quart pot
    Kitchen Staples

    Source: @amiraelgawly on Instagram


    • Rice Cooker
    • Slow Cooker
    • Coffee or espresso or tea maker
    • Food processor
    • Blender
    • Juice/Milk/Water
    • Whatever other food you want in your fridge


    Hopefully, this helps!
    Did we forget anything? What are kitchen staples you require? Let us know in the comments!



    Gabrielle Hickmon
    Gabrielle Hickmon

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