Like many Foodies out there, cooking and baking is an essential part of the day. And if you don’t have the ingredients necessary, it can be a challenge to find a substitute. So, here’s my list of The Ultimately Stocked Kitchen. No, I do not have every ingredient on the list, but I sure wish I had space big enough that I could! This list is compiled from various sites throughout the web. I hope that you find it helpful. Items that I will not include in this list are processed / pre-packaged foods. There are times when purchasing the item is simply the best way, so I’ve included them even though they may not be “whole foods”.
Butter or margarine
Heavy / Whipping cream
Plain yogurt (My preference is Greek yogurt for its flavor and texture.)
Egg roll / Spring roll wrappers
*Frozen fruits and vegetables are healthier than canned because most of the nutrients are lost during the process of manufacturing the canned goods. Frozen fruits and vegetables is also a great option for out of season and hard to find items often found in ethnic cooking.
Nuts (Assorted) Keeping nuts in the freezer prevents them from going rancid after a couple of weeks. They can “keep” in the freezer for several months.
Puff Pastry (shells and sheets) This is a very difficult item to make from scratch so it is included here.
Phyllo dough This is a very difficult item to make from scratch so it is included here.
Pasta (Assorted) You can either make your own from scratch and freeze it, or find minimally processed already frozen pasta
All purpose potatoes
Yukon Gold potatoes
Red Bliss potatoes
Fresh herbs (Assorted)
Rutabaga (Purple top turnips)
Squash (Green and yellow)
Celery root / Celeriac
Corn (on the cob)
Whole wheat flour
Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
Granulated sugar (To make “superfine” sugar, just take granulated sugar and blend it well)
Brown sugar (Light & Dark)
Yeast (Freeze for longer shelf life)
Semi & bitter sweet chocolate
Penne or ziti
Angel hair / Capellini
Orzo (rice shaped)
Pastina (tiny stars)
Acini de pepe (tiny dots)
Bouble This is a specialty type which is shaped similar to elbows.
Long grain rice
Dried fruits (Assorted) You can either buy them already dried or dry them yourself.
Raisins (Golden and Dark)
Oils & Vinegars
Extra-Virgin olive oil
White Truffle oil
Red wine vinegar
White wine vinegar
White distilled vinegar
Apple cider vinegar
Herbs & Spices
Black peppercorns (You can also find multi-colored peppercorns: white, green, and pink.)
Red chile flakes
Ground sweet paprika
Cream of Tartar
Ascorbic acid (Powdered vitamin C for canning)
Pectin (Also for canning. There’s non-animal derived varieties which are very good.)
Sesame seeds (Light & Dark)
Chinese 5 Spice You can buy the different spices and mix them yourself, but the proportions may be off.
Garam Masala You can buy the different spices and mix them yourself, but the proportions may be off.
Herbs de Provence You can buy the different herbs and mix them yourself, but the proportions may be off.
Jams or jellies
Pure maple syrup
Pure vanilla extract
Peanut /Cashew/ Almond butter
Fruit nectar (Assorted)
Tomato paste Making this from scratch is too labor intense to be made at home. You can find it in a tube, or in its less expensive form the can
Crushed or whole tomatoes If you do buy canned tomatoes, look for “San Marzano” on the label (which is the best quality). Many people do can enough tomatoes to last the winter, but this is a great option for those who aren’t able to do so.
Vanilla beans (Whole)
Clear butter flavor (Used when making buttercream frosting)
Hearts of palm
So … Did I miss anything?!