Therefore, my baking section of the cupboard must, AT ALL TIMES, be filled with these essential baking items.
- Brown Sugar
- Confectioner's Sugar
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Unsweetened Cocoa
- Chocolate Chips
I can usually make any recipe I find online with these ingredients. Right now I am actually stocked with almonds, food coloring, sprinkles, cupcake paper holders, graham cracker crust mixes, and premixed (gross) cake mixes. I like to have extras but those items are not essentials.
I need these essential items in my refrigerator AT ALL TIMES too. These are key to making delicious meals.
- Butter (Stick & Tub)
- Minced Garlic
I am also obsessive about my spices. If a recipe calls for a specific spice, I want to be able to add it the meal. All of my spices are dried and store bought though, I do have chives and oregano growing in pots outside. Someday I would like to have a decent sized herb garden. First, I need to take a course or do some reading on how to cook with herbs so I can broaden my herb variety.
These are my most frequently used spices right now.
- Crushed Red Pepper
- Cayenne Pepper
- Seasoned Salt
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
I recommend that everyone stock their kitchens with all the ingredients listed above. It will make your lives much easier and stress-free when it comes to preparing your meals.
Are there any essential items that you think I missed?