20 Ingredients You Should Always Have In Your Kitchen

Have you ever been asking yourself about what would you buy in groceries when you have nothing in your fridge, neither have any ideas about what’s for dinner tonight? Here’s some basic ingredients that I always have in my kitchen:

  1. Oil & butter – I always have frying oil, olive oil and salted butter.

    Butter and Oil
    Frying oil, olive oil and salted butter
  2. Balsamic vinegar – this one is my favorite salad dressing

    balsamic vinegar
  3. Sauces – I always have ketchup, chili sauce, mayonnaise, Dijon ancient mustard, oyster sauce and sweet soy sauce (you can find it in your nearest Asian store)
  4. Tomato puree –  It replaces your fresh tomatoes when you make sauces.

    tomato purée, it can be any brand.
  5. Brown sugar – It’s my secret of cooking, I always put brown sugar in my sauces, vegetables stir-fried, and soup. It redeems the sour in your dishes.
  6. Spices – I always have & regularly use salt, black pepper, white pepper, cayenne, coriander powder, garlic powder, paprika powder.
  7. Vegetables or chicken broths – You will need when you cook soup and vegetables sautée. It replaces salt.
  8. Eggs – Omelette, fried egg, french toast (pain perdu), cakes, boiled egg, and more. So, yes you must have egg.egg
  9. Bread – Bread is pretty much a tummy saver when you don’t fancy to cook. You can make sweet or salty sandwich, you can make french toast or eggy bread, you can also make prawn toast with bread (just don’t forget to buy prawn and other ingredients) bread-08
  10. Flour & Maizena – For the baker, I think flour is your very important ingredient, but for me flour and maizena are my babies when I make fried chicken and fried vegetables. Did you know? 1 or 2 tbsp in your mixture can make it crispier.maizena-1-640
  11. Liquid cream & Milk – Liquid cream is basic ingredients when you making sauces for your steaks, or pasta. Did you know that you can put one or two tbsp of milk on your omelette batter?574_3673341
  12. Parmesan or cheddar cheese – These are basic cheese that you will need at home to make your pasta tastier.
  13. Onion, garlic & shallots – These are basic cooking ingredients. So yes you should have it. Almost every recipe has these ingredients.shallots-onions-garlic-497158
  14. Rice – I’m Asian and I can’t indeed live without rice, just like pasta for the Italians. There’s lots of different kind of rice, but I prefer jasmine rice in my cupboard. Did you know? If you’re mobile phone is wet, you can put it inside bag of rice, someone said and did it, they said it works. So, see rice is pretty important in our life nowadays. rice
  15. Pasta – You can make pasta with your left over sauces, or Bolognaise, pesto, creamy mushroom, and more. When I’m sick or too lazy to cook, I usually just put butter and seasoned with salt & pepper in my pasta. So, yeah, pasta, it’s a must in my kitchen.

    my favorite brand of pasta
  16. Green salad leaf – I love vegetables a lot, but I’m not kinda to frozen vegetables, so when I don’t really have time cook proper vegetables, green salad leaf is always available in my fridge. You can eat green salad leaf as your starter or it might also good for side dish for your steaks, chicken or any meat.

    link for picture
  17. Potatoes – chips or French fries, gratin, baked potato, chilli potato, soup, and more. Potatoes can always be good company for all your dishes. patates
  18. Canned tuna – Personally, canned tuna is my life saving when I need to saved some money at the end of the month :p , it’s worth less than 1 €  and you can mix it with any pasta or bread you have to make sandwich. Here’s my favourite recipe tuna and rocket penne.506b1978fb04d60a470013b7-_w-1500_s-fit_
  19. Chicken Breast -The first thing you can make with chicken breast is simply making chicken grilled which you just need to season it with salt & pepper and olive oil. What I usually do with chicken breast is making chicken katsu and caramel chicken. They are pretty easy and quick to prepare.raw-chicken-breasts
  20. Ground Meat – You can make lots of things based on ground meat – you can cook Bolognaise pasta, home made burger, or chilli beef lettuce wraps (Gordon Ramsay’s recipe, I’ve tried once without pork and it’s still delicious and tasty), home made meat balls, or stuffed vegetables.



11 thoughts on “20 Ingredients You Should Always Have In Your Kitchen

  1. I completely agree with this list. I have it all. I grew up on a dairy farm about 25 miles from the nearest farm so you couldn’t just run to the grocery store to buy a missing ingredient. I can still hear my Mom before we went into town to get groceries, “what else do we need, we aren’t going in again for another week.” That was drilled in me that we can cook for a week with what we have. I now live near a town, just a couple of miles out, about 6 to a grocery store, cut I still keep a stocked pantry and cook from it for about a week. Thanks for bringing back this memory by your post. Found you through The Commons on WP

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    1. Hi Karen, thanks for passing by. I lived in tiny town two years ago, and I did not have a car. Which is I need to walk and wait the bus to go to the groceries, so I only have Saturday to get my groceries for surviving for a week. I now live in town centre, which there’s a lot of groceries store around, but I still keep this list available in my kitchen. It makes me more organised. 🙂


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