Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Our "Essentials" List for a Stocked Pantry ~ Free Printable


"Every house needs a storeroom, in which to keep tea, coffee, sugar, rice, candles, &c. It should be furnished with jars, having labels, a large spoon, a fork, sugar and flour-scoops, a towel, and a dish-cloth."
~ Catherine Beecher, A Treatise on Domestic Economy, 1845


"Where to begin" is a common thought in many household projects. For pantry preparations, it means that to keep it stocked or get it started, it helps to have a master list of inventory. We are sharing our printable list (two pages) of pantry goods featuring the following categories:
  • Basic Dried Goods
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Baking Extras/Canned Goods & Condiments
  • Oils/Vinegars & Sweeteners
  • Seasonings/Spices & Such
I tried to include a broad spectrum of foods. We personally do not use a few of the items listed but I know they are favorites with others so I included them. I also keep my spices to a minimum because I found so many went to waste (they hardened in our humid climate) but I included a variety in case you are more of a gourmet cook than myself :)


Cross off the items that don't appeal to your family and you have a personalized source of what to stock in your pantry. This can also be used as a master grocery list when you add your fresh food needs (blank lined spaces are provided on printable).


I hope this basic printable will be a guideline for inspiring you to prepare your own healthy and provident pantry! Simply download the list from the menu below and press print. You may also be interested in our matching pantry labels or our other household printables.


Note: Before you begin buying excessively in bulk, you may want to read our "Pantry Shelf Life" post. Though you may be purchasing with good prices, it is never a good value if your food goes rancid.

18 comments:

  1. What a wonderful list!! I have been meaning to do something like this for awhile how neat that you have already done it! Your such a blessing! :)

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    1. I hope it can be useful to you :) I personally have a love for lists...

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  2. This is amazing! Thank you so much! It has been such a long time since I stopped by for a visit...now I totally remember why I've always loved your blog so much!

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  3. This is the first time I've visited your blog and I'm so pleased to have found it - thank you for sharing:-)

    I love lists, too! I'm looking forward to browsing your other posts, today, and getting ideas and inspiration.

    God bless:-)
    PS. My blog is my only Internet space, too - it's encouraging to meet with others who avoid FB and Twitter, etc.

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    1. Welcome my list making friend :) It is a pleasure to "meet" you!

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  4. What a lovely list! I've done lists from time to time, but I think it's just my shopping list. Yours makes me want to use it, it's so pretty!

    I'd like to invite you to share this post and up to two others at Farm Girl Blog Fest #28, which is live right now. You would be a great addition to the wonderful posts that are shared!

    Farm Girl Friday Blog Fest #28

    Hope to see you there!
    ~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing this on Wildcrafting Wednesday! I hope you will join us again today!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/04/wildcrafting-wednesday-16.html

    Congrats on your feature on Wildcrafting Wednesday!

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  6. I would love to know how to edit your list to add some items we use..... Thanks for all you share with us!

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    1. You are welcome :) You may be able to edit in Microsoft Word but I am not sure. If not, there are blank spaces on the printable for adding your own by hand. Happy homemaking~ JES

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  7. Big, huge congratulations on your People's Choice Award for this post. It's a great post and as soon as I get another ink cartridge I plan to print it for myself. Thank you for sharing, and have a great day :)

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    1. Thank you Magnolia Tea! It was a fun concept :)

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  8. Congrats on your People's Choice Award! I love ALL of your printables and labels, you have helped me get more organized and I love my "new" pantry.

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    1. Thanks for sharing that Annie! That makes me smile :)

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  9. Thank you for sharing this. Where to start is definately my biggest sticking point.

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  10. I think the biggest thing I had to learn was only to buy things you really eat. It's easy to buy something on sale and 2 years later find it's still there, uneaten and expired... Nancy@LittlehomesteadinBoise

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  11. Absolutely! Rancid old food isn't a deal is it!

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