How to keep your pantry and refrigerator stocked for baking

milk, eggs, flour, butter and rolling pin

Nothing is more upsetting than opening your cupboard for a bottle of vanilla extract, brown sugar or cream of tartar to realize that you either don’t have any or there isn’t enough left for the recipe you’re making.

Keep your pantry and refrigerator stocked with these essentials so you’re always ready to bake, especially during the busy Christmas season.

Dry goods

  • white flourUnbleached white all-purpose flour
  • Cornmeal
  • White granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Almond extract
  • Food coloring
  • Dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, etc.)
  • Peanut butter
  • Evaporated milk
  • Condensed milk
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Nuts (walnuts, pecans, peanuts, cashews, pistachios, almonds, etc.)
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Graham crackers
  • Honey
  • Marshmallows
  • Oats
  • Molasses


  • spicesSalt
  • Kosher salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Ginger
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Allspice
  • Cream of tartar

Refrigerated items

  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Sour cream
  • Cream cheese


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