Stocktober: Key Foods to Keep in Your Pantry

We like to think of the month of October as a time to stock up on your pantry essentials. Having a stocked pantry helps make cooking easier, as it provides a well-rounded list of ingredients that help you quickly build a meal from not a whole lot and usually with budget-friendly ingredients.

Here is what I find essential to my daily cooking and is always stocked in my pantry.

1: Salt and Pepper

Seems obvious but it is absolutely essential to have these two ingredients in order to cook most meals, especially salt. I always keep close tabs on my salt and pepper, so I never run out.

  • La Baleine Sea Salt
  • Simply Organic Black Pepper
Kosher Sea Salt and Simply Organic Black Pepper

2: Oil/Ghee/Butter

Cooking oil is essential and is used on a daily basis. I like to use a high heat oil for cooking in a pan and baking in an oven, delicate oil like extra virgin olive oil for marinades and vinaigrettes, and butter for baking and spreading on things.

  • La Tourangelle Avocado Oil
  • California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kerry Gold Pure Irish Butter 
Extra Virgin Avocado Oil, Olive Oil

3: Vinegar

My go-to is apple cider vinegar as I use it to finish off sautéed greens, add it to marinades/vinaigrettes/sauces, braise meat in it, and countless other uses. It is a superstar pantry staple.

  • Bragg Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
Bragg Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

4: Tamari

My favorite ingredient to use to add salty taste and umami. It mostly is used as the final ingredient in sautéed greens in our house. However, I do like to add it to soups, braising liquids for meat, marinades, and sauces.

  • San-J Tamari Soy Sauce 
San-J Tamari Soy Sauce

5: Stock/Broth

Now that it is soup season, our consumption of bone broth easily doubles. You should always have at least a carton of stock/broth in your pantry. It is used in soups, stews, sauces, casseroles, braising liquids, sipping broth, and I even use it to warm up leftovers (pour a little bone broth into the leftovers and reheat using microwave or stovetop).

  • Pacific Organic Chicken Bone Broth 
Pacific Organic Chicken Bone Broth

6: Sweetener

A basic sweetener is needed in your pantry. I always make sure I have cane sugar for when I get a baking urge and my family can’t live without maple syrup. We use it to top waffles and pancakes, sweeten up oatmeal and plain yogurt, add it to sauces/vinaigrettes/glazes for meat.

  • Woodstock Farms Sugar
  • Coombs Family Farms Organic Maple Syrup 
Coombs Family Farms Organic Maple Syrup

7: Canned Tomatoes

Another pantry superstar that gets consumed twice as much in the fall and winter months. This versatile ingredient can be used for so many applications – quick marinara sauce, blended into soup, stirred into soups/stews/chilis, added to casseroles and braises.

  • Muir Glen Organic Diced Tomatoes
Muir Glen Organic Diced Tomatoes

8: All Purpose Flour

All purpose flour is a must! You never know when you might get the urge to bake some cookies, muffins, or breakfast bread and AP flour is the beginning of that process. AP flour is also used in casseroles, as a thickener for sauces, or coated onto meat before searing and braising.

  • King Arthur Flour Organic All Purpose Flour
  • Bob’s Red Mill Baking 1-to-1 Gluten Free Flour  
King Arthur Organic All Purpose Flour

9: Baking Soda

Baking soda is great to have on hand for baking purposes but also for cleaning. In baking it is a leavening agent used in baked goods like cakes, muffins, and cookies. It also helps make the crispiest roast potatoes ever by adding it to the boiling water when parboiling the potatoes. And for cleaning, it works wonders when mixed with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.

  • Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda 
Bob's Red Mill Baking Soda

10: Rice

A super simple side dish to pair with stir-fries, Mexican themed rice bowls, or skillet dishes. I use my Instant Pot to cook my rice which cooks it up quickly, perfectly, and completely hands-off. It is the quickest side dish I can prepare that everyone in my family loves and enjoys.

  • Lundberg Organic White Jasmine Rice
Lundberg Organic White Jasmine Rice

11: Pasta/Noodles

Another super simple pantry staple to prepare and the base of many comforting meals. I usually have a couple different types of pastas and noodles on hand so I can quickly throw together a weeknight meal. Spaghetti and meatballs, pesto pasta, bowls of ramen, or meat and veggies over soba noodles.

  • Jovial Organic Gluten-Free Brown Rice Capellini
  • Koyo Soba Noodles
Jovial Organic Gluten Free Capellini Pasta

12: Beans/Lentils

Nutrient dense and delicious – beans and lentils are a must have in your pantry. I make sure to have several varieties of beans (lentils) that can be easily added to my meals as a side dish or incorporated into the main entrée. Once having kids, I’ve switched over to pre-cooked beans and lentils which can be ready to eat in a matter of minutes.

  • Fillo’s Cuban Black Beans
  • Omena Organics Cannellini Beans
Fillo's Cuban Black Beans

13: Oats

The most important grain to me and my family. We love oats (I blame it on my Irish heritage), and I make sure we never run out of oats as we use them at breakfast, for desserts, snacks, and mixed into baked goods.

  • Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats – Organic 
Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats – Organic

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About Organic Beth

Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three who loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips.