New Kitchen Pantry Essentials

It's not a surprise that when you move into a new home, you're likely to have to buy quite a few things. Especially if you're moving more than just across town, you might find that you have to buy quite a few things for your pantry and fridge.

Even if you haven't just moved, this new kitchen pantry essentials list is perfect for anyone who enjoys cooking or wants to enjoy it.

New kitchen pantry essentials.
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Having a well-stocked kitchen can make cooking so much easier. There's nothing more stressful or annoying than wanting to make a recipe you found on Pinterest, but needing 15 items from the store to make it.

When we moved into our newly renovated house, we were moving from my living with my parents for 15 months. That meant we had very minimal pantry and food items that we were bringing with us. And the things that we were bringing were super obscure things I had purchased for this blog, not your everyday kitchen essentials.

Once our move got closer, I knew I'd have to make a huge grocery run. We needed absolutely everything you could think of to have a well-stocked kitchen and to make cooking easier in our new home. But, I didn't want to go out and spend a thousand dollars at the grocery store, so I knew I needed to make a list.

After scouring Pinterest I found a few of them that were helpful but didn't cover all of the bases that I needed. Most of them were smaller lists of things people would need to have a well-stocked kitchen or kitchen essentials for a new home, but not both of those things together.

So here is my revised list of kitchen and pantry essentials we needed to buy when moving into our new home. These are also things you should have in your kitchen to keep it stocked and ready for cooking! Feel free to alter this list for your own family's preferences.

*I should note, you may not want all of these at once but should think about what you use regularly and then purchase whatever is needed for your recipes for the week. I do not want to promote being wasteful and buying more than you need. These are just the things I knew we would use right away and wouldn't be wasted!

A white kitchen with glass cabinets and a mixer.


  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Unsalted Butter for Baking
  • Spreadable Butter
  • Cheese (shredded, sliced, and snack)
  • Yogurt
  • Sour Cream
  • Bacon
  • Deli Meat
  • Breakfast Sausage
  • Fresh Fruits and Veggies
    • Berries
    • Apples
    • Oranges
    • Spinach/Lettuce/Kale
    • Bell Peppers
    • Carrots
    • Grapes
    • Zucchini/Squash
    • Broccoli


  • Meats
    • Ground Beef
    • Ground Turkey
    • Chicken Breasts
    • Pork Tenderloins or Pork Chops
    • Steaks
    • Seafood (Salmon, Shrimp, Crab, etc.)
  • Frozen Veggies
  • Ice Cream/Frozen Desserts
  • Puff Pastry


  • Cereal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Granola
  • Dried Pasta
  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Orzo
  • Couscous
  • Canned Vegetables or Fruits
  • Chicken/Vegetable Broth
  • Snacks
    • Granola Bars
    • Protein Bars
    • Nuts
    • Crackers
    • Chips
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Sandwich Bread
  • Cooking Oils (olive oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil)
  • Vinegars (white wine, balsamic, apple cider, rice vinegar)
  • Cooking Spray

Spices and Condiments

  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Basic Spices
    • Cinnamon
    • Basil
    • Oregano
    • Parsley
    • Garlic Powder
    • Ginger
    • Nutmeg
    • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Vanilla
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard/Dijon Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Jelly
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Sriracha Sauce
  • Hot Sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Maple Syrup
  • Honey

Non-food Items

  • Ziploc Bags
  • Trash Bags
  • Cleaning Supplies
    • All Purpose Cleaner
    • Dishwasher Detergent
    • Dish Soap
    • Paper Towels
    • Sponges
    • Bathroom Cleaner
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wax Paper
  • Parchment Paper
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Slow Cooker Liners
Three glass jars filled with oats, a must-have baking ingredient.
Looking for baking supplies? Check out my post on baking pantry essentials, too!











Phew! I know it's a long list, but when you have nothing, you need a lot of things in your kitchen! Would you add anything to this list?

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