Stocking Your Pantry the Rachael Ray Way

So, there seems to be a bunch of interest in Rachael Ray's list of things to keep on hand in your pantry. The idea is to cut down on the time you spend at the store each time you go. You do a big shopping trip on the weekend (or maybe every other weekend?) to stock up on the staples, then supplement your pantry during the week with fresh ingredients for whatever dishes you choose to make.

The following list comes from Every Day with Rachael Ray and is what they call the Every Day Kitchen. It is part of the weekly menu planner feature in the magazine and they list the Every Day Kitchen ingredients in orange to show you what you should have on hand. I don't have Express Lane Meals in front of me, but I think the list there is more detailed than this one (for example, it specifies what types of pasta to keep on hand). In Express Lane Meals, she emphasizes that you should tailor what you keep on hand to the style of cooking that you like. For example, if you mostly cook Mexican food and not Italian, then you would keep more black beans on hand than white beans. Get it? Here's the list:

From Every Day with Rachael Ray

Check this list against the contents of your cupboards, refrigerator and freezer. Then print out this page and take a trip to the supermarket to pick up what you don't already have on hand.

cayenne pepper
bay leaves
ground cinnamon
sweet paprika
dried rosemary
crushed red pepper flakes
dried thyme
dried oregano
kosher salt
black peppercorns
fine sea salt

soy sauce
Tabasco sauce
Worcestershire sauce
pure maple syrup
Dijon mustard
unsalted butter
large eggs
cheddar cheese

onions (yellow, red, shallots)

extra-virgin olive oil
vegetable (or canola) oil
chicken broth
dried pasta
red wine vinegar
balsamic vinegar
arborio rice
long-grain rice
canned tomatoes (whole, crushed, tomato sauce)
canned beans (black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, etc.)
dried lentils
canned tuna (olive oil- and water-packed)
bread crumbs
granulated sugar
brown sugar (light or dark)
baking soda
baking powder
pure vanilla extract
semisweet chocolate
unsweetened cocoa powder
golden raisins

nuts (almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, etc.)
frozen vegetables (broccoli, corn, peas, spinach, etc.)
frozen fruit (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.)
all-purpose flour
bread (wrap in plastic before freezing)


  1. You might want to check out my post tonight. I didn't see an e-mail address for you...

  2. Thank you, Cate! I added an email address to my account and to the About section. See how much stuff I have to learn?

  3. LOL -- good, 'cause I was just about to ask you to e-mail me. ;)

  4. Hey, chica. I love this page! Thnx for showing me what goes where and keeping my kitchen from being a mess :D

  5. Hi, I am looking for some information. I am trying to find Rach's actual pantry, more than the ingredients in it. Any info to share?


  6. Lori,

    I checked the set list on the 30 minute meals page but the pantry wasn't listed there. It always looked like something from Ikea to me.


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