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Minimalist Pantry Essentials

Tired of the mess that is your pantry? Follow this list of minimalist pantry essentials to streamline and clear the clutter once and for all.The best part? Stocking your pantry with these cooking essentials will ensure you have the building blocks for any basic recipe.

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How to Build a Minimalist Pantry

A pantry is an essential part of any kitchen.

The good news is that a well-stocked pantry allows you to easily cook meals at home. This leads to healthier choices and is also much better on your budget.

The bad news is that just because your pantry is full doesn’t mean you have all the essentials. It’s easy to fill up your food storage area with random ingredients, snack items and things you bought but never use.

However, a streamlined pantry is neat, organized and filled with ingredients you use frequently.

To start your minimalist pantry you’ll need a quick pantry declutter session:

  • Toss out anything that has expired
  • Donate anything that is unopened but you haven’t used in 6 months
  • Give all the shelves a quick wipe down

As you place items back in, take inventory of any items you use frequently and add them to my list to create your own personalized pantry list.

This list can then be used to help you keep focused when you go grocery shopping and to keep track of any items that need to be replaced.

Ready to simplify your pantry and make meal planning a breeze?

Check out the Capsule Pantry Blueprint from my friend Elisa.

Minimalist Kitchen Pantry Checklist

Clear mason jars filled with beans and spices in a minimalist pantry.

Minimalism is all about keeping things simple.

But for some reason when it comes to the kitchen, we tend to make things more complicated (and cluttered) than they need to be.

For most of us, the truth is that we eat the same meals over and over again.

While it’s fun to experiment every now and then, if you are looking to make life easier then this is the way to go.

It also makes grocery shopping, meal planning and cooking SO much easier.

The list below includes the absolute basics.

I suggest you start with these essentials and then customize your own minimalist pantry based on your family’s favorite meals and cuisines.

The goal is to have what you need on hand when you need it.

For most of us, that will include the items below. You will find links to all of my family’s favorites brands in blue.


  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Hot sauce
  • Garlic
  • Cinnamon
  • Italian Seasoning

Oils and Vinegars

  • Avocado oil non-stick cooking spray
  • Olive Oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Distilled Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce

Baking Supplies

  • Flour
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Brown Sugar
  • Yeast
  • Vanilla
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Almond Extract
  • Chocolate Chips


  • Oatmeal
  • White or Brown Rice
  • Dried Pasta


  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Trail Mix

Canned Goods

  • Stock or Broth
  • Canned Beans
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Canned Meats like tuna, chicken breast and sardines
  • Canned fruits

Other Dry Goods

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Bread
  • Popcorn
  • Peanut Butter


I also love these ideas to create a “Capsule Pantry”.

Did I miss anything? Please include your suggestions in the comments below!

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There you have it! The basic kitchen essentials to build your minimalist pantry.

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