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I wanted to write out my kitchen basics, these are things that I always have on hand in bulk and draw from regularly.


  • Beans (canned and dried)
  • Rice (mostly long grain brown)
  • Potatoes and onions
  • Any vegetables that are in season and cheap
  • Any fruits that are in season and cheap
  • Spices (my favorites are basil, oregano, dill, crushed garlic, and cayenne)
  • Crushed or diced, canned tomatoes
  • Coconut milk (usually cheapest from small Asian stores)
  • Firm tofu (order from Azure Standard)
  • Gluten (recipe, make in big batches)
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Popcorn
  • Whole wheat and unbleached flour
  • White and brown sugar , maple syrup, agave nectar
  • Soymilk (cheapest at Cosco)
  • Nuts (whatever I can find at a good price)
  • Dark chocolate
  • Yeast
  • Salsa
  • Corn Chips (as natural as I can find)
  • Natural Apple Sauce (it is cheapest at Target or Wal-Mart)
  • Flax Seed (the golden ones, I get it from the bulk Whole Food bins also)

Kitchen Equipment:

  • BlendTech (love this thing, a VitaMix is very similar)
  • Cast iron frying pan
  • Good metal pots
  • Wok
  • Pie plate
  • 8 x 13 casserole dish
  • Popcorn popper
  • Mixing bowl
  • Colander/strainer
  • Coffee grinder (great for grinding flax seeds as well)