Shopping List for the Bare-Bone Kitchen Essentials

Making Clarified ButterAs you probably already know, one of the greatest money savers is cooking at home. Although, sometimes this might be hard for you to believe, especially when you open up your cookbooks and see recipes that require well over 20 ingredients.

But, did you know that you can prepare tasty, simple foods at home easily and quickly and with minimal cost involved?

Oftentimes, people do not keep a well-stocked kitchen so they tend to buy a lot of ingredients all at once. When this happens, the idea of cooking at home comes off as being incredibly expensive. As long as you keep a well-stocked kitchen full of main cooking essentials, your meals will be easier to cook and also less expensive over time.

Below you will find a shopping list for the bare-bone kitchen essentials. Basically, if you have these in your kitchen, you should be well-prepared to produce many dishes. By having these on-hand, your shopping will be reduced to buying perishables, including meats, cheeses and fruits.


  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Brown sugar
  • Cornmeal
  • Cornstarch
  • Vanilla
  • White sugar
  • Yeast

Herbs and Spices

  • Basil
  • Black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Salt
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme

Oils, Stocks, Condiments

  • Beef stock
  • Chicken stock
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Mustard
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Red wine
  • Sherry
  • Soy sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vinegar
  • White wine

And, if you’re looking to grab more than just the bare-bone essentials so that you are completely prepared, check out this pantry list for a well-stocked kitchen.

What do you usually keep in your cupboards, pantries and refrigerators that serve as essential cooking ingredients?

Join the List


  1. This shopping list will definitely help you create a variety of great dishes at home for a minimal cost. They also last for a long time which means fewer trips to the store. I'm glad I could help! :)

  2. Wonderful list! And with these, you can make all the other "seasoning mixes" with whatever you have on hand. Getting to know these herbs, spices and condiments well will also make you more aware of their individual flavors and tastes, so you can make substitutions when necessary.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest from Instagram

This error message is only visible to WordPress admins

Error: No feed found.

Please go to the Instagram Feed settings page to create a feed.

Copyright © 2024 · Theme by 17th Avenue