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Resident pulling some items from her pantry for dinner in her apartment home at Olympus Katy Ranch in Katy, Texas

10 Must-Haves in Every Person's Pantry


A fully stocked pantry is essential to always having just what you need on hand. Whether you’re cooking up a quick dinner on a busy weeknight, baking a hot sheet of cookies to help you relax, or scrambling up a delicious brunch for you and a friend, the following key ingredients will make life that much easier.

Canned & Jarred Foods

Tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, salsa, diced green chiles, pickles, tuna, a couple types of beans, and a can of coconut milk should just about do it.

Condiments & Sauces

Soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, mayo, hot sauce, and sweet chili sauce.

Oil & Vinegar

Extra-virgin olive oil, vegetable oil, red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, champagne vinegar, rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and cooking spray.

Baking Goods

All-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, white and brown sugar, agave syrup, molasses, chocolate chips, condensed milk, and active dry yeast should provide a good foundation for your next baking project.

Nuts & Butters

Peanut butter, almond butter, and trail mix or unmixed nuts.

Grains & Pasta

Rice, couscous, quinoa, farro, oatmeal, and long and short styles of pasta.


Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, dried oregano, dried basil, and cumin.

Chips & Crackers

Keep stock of your personal favorites here. These are our suggestions: tortilla chips, potato chips, soup crackers, rice crackers, and graham crackers.


Stock your veggie basket each week or so with onions, potatoes, garlic, lemons, and limes.

Ready-to-Eat Meals

Some nights, you just don’t have time for a healthy, home-cooked meal, no matter which way you cut it. For those occasions, keeping a few frozen or boxed meals on hand is kind of essential. Options might include a frozen pizza or two, Evol boxed frozen meals, or a classic box of mac ‘n’ cheese.

Final tip: Keep your eye on what’s running low, and add it to the list for your next store visit. For more tips and tricks on winning at life, visit the Olympus Katy Ranch blog.