Time to Stock Your First Apartment Pantry

Closeup of a woman reaching into her pantry for a box of cereal.By having a fully-stocked pantry, you can save on groceries and save yourself the hassle of trying to get to the store while living in downtown L.A. If you have a roommate, take this list and see what you can go in on together to save even more money. By having a kitchen fully stocked, you’ll also save on eating out costs and always have something to snack on.

Get the Canned Essentials

Canned goods should always be in your pantry. These have a long shelf life and in some cases, can last indefinitely. Also, canned foods help you prepare a variety of dishes fast – which is good if you are always eating on the go.

Some canned goods that every apartment dweller should have in their pantry include:

  • Canned Beans – Black, Kidney, etc.
  • Canned Chicken, Vegetable or Beef Broth and Stock
  • Canned Vegetables – Tomatoes, Peas, Green Beans
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Canned Soup
  • Coconut Milk


If this is your first time moving out, you’re not going to have much in your spice rack. But, having the right spices on hand allow you to take a variety of ingredients and turn them into something delicious. While you don’t have to go out and buy every spice imaginable, there are a few spices you’ll want to stock up on first – and these are versatile enough to use in most dishes:

  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Curry Powder
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Crushed Red Chili Flakes
  • Oregano
  • Basic
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Allspice


Instead of buying everything already made, consider buying the ingredients you need in the baking aisle. For example, instead of making cookies already made (along with preservatives) you can make your own. Even if you aren’t into baking from scratch, there are items you should keep in your pantry for baking, including:

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Granulated White Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Instead Yeast
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Iodized Salt

Dried Goods

Dried goods are like canned goods; they last for a while. Fill up your pantry with some dried good essentials to help you prepare meals while you’re in a hurry or just to eat off of when you’re low on money for groceries. Some good dried staples to stock up your pantry with include:

  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Mashed Potato Flakes
  • Oats – Rolled or Quick Cooking
  • Quinoa
  • Corn Meal

A Few Other Things to Consider

While these items aren’t a necessity, they do help round out your already well-stocked pantry. A few extra things you might want to include in your pantry stock-up are:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Distilled Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Other Flavored Extracts
  • Soy Sauce
  • Teriyaki Sauce
Apr 2014