My Start-Up Pantry Shopping List

Many people ask me how I got started…. what did I buy? How did I know WHAT to buy? Easy. I had one of my very closest sister-friends, Naida, help me. Without her, I wouldn’t have known where or how to get started on my journey to cooking from scratch. How do you thank someone for doing that for you? Simple. You pay it forward….. in hopes that the help continues to grow and spread. So remember, what you learn, pass it on. You would be surprised how many people are in the same boat, and just don’t know how or where to get started.


So….. here is my shopping list. My very FIRST shopping list. To buying all of my “cook from scratch” ingredients. I kept it. As a reminder of where and how I got started. I keep it under protection in my homesteading binder. And now, I share it with YOU!


Now, I buy these items in BULK when I can. These are items that i ALWAYS have in my pantry.  These are items that you can make just about ANYTHING with, from scratch…. including making homemade brown sugar and bread crumbs! These are staples. As you begin to learn how to cook, without buying pre-packaged items like gravy, BBQ sauce, cream soups, ect….. your pantry list will grow and continue to grow. But for me, these are the BASICS! With these items, you can pretty much make anything!!!! Buy them in bulk if you can and store the rest. Trust me, you will use it!


My List:

*yeast (I buy SAF instant)

*all purpose flour (the cheapest and easiest way to learn. if you screw up, you aren’t wasting expensive flour)

*baking soda

*baking powder

*dry milk powder

*instant potato flakes



*corn starch


*oatmeal (old fashioned….. NOT instant)

*corn meal


*olive oil

*vegetable oil

*regular vinegar

*apple cider vinegar

*soy sauce

*liquid smoke


*dry mustard

*worcestershire sauce


*lemon juice (bottled)

*corn syrup


*powdered sugar


*tomato sauce and paste (i buy #10 cans of sauce and paste in bulk)

*assorted spices (salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, cinnamon, nutmeg, sage, chives, parsley, paprika, granulated garlic and onion, and anything else you love and enjoy cooking with. Add to your spice collection buy buying at least one spice you don’t have every time you go out shopping!)

*parmesan cheese

*chocolate chips

*peanut butter

*vanilla (i now make my own homemade vanilla)

*maple flavoring

*assorted nuts and seeds

*assorted pasta





*sour cream

*cream cheese

*assorted blocks of cheese for shredding

*assorted dried beans (cheaper, you can soak them yourself OR learn to pressure can them)

*assorted meats

*assorted basic veggies (basics for me include onions, green pepper, celery, carrots, potatoes)


Items that are extremely helpful:

*stand mixer and food processor

*rolling pin

*pizza pan

*ziplock bags

*plastic squeeze bottles (I buy mine for $1 at Walmart in the kitchen section)


*plastic wrap

*tin foil

*parchment paper NOT waxed paper

*canning jars (to store dried foods)





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7 thoughts on “My Start-Up Pantry Shopping List

  1. Mom of nine kids. Most have moved on but a few stragglers. We are farmers living off the land. I love your videos and today you made me laugh so hard I had to go pee. You don’t going shopping in the mall, just give the kid money and say enjoy yourself. I have five girls who love mall shopping. I drop them off and if they really want something have to drag me in when I come to collect them. Gives them time to think. ” nah I’m not going to drag mom in, I really don’t need that item” Of course there is always that one kid!!! Going to order the King Athur book today from interlock at the library. Never heard of it. Keep up the good work.

    • HAHAHAHAHA that is awesome!!!!! Yeah, they all want money for Xmas. What fun is that? Meh. Probably easier like you said. hahaha OH let me know if and when you get that book. You are going to love it!

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