Having received some good advice about the 10 staple foods you need in your kitchen from a health/convenience perspective, we can now turn with fairly well-stocked pantries to more important topics, like baking. Did you notice that those ingredients, with the possible exception of oatmeal, were not geared towards stocking a kitchen for someone who likes to bake? Here are 10 of the top staple foods you need in your kitchen for baking:
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Cocoa powder
- Vanilla extract
- Chocolate chips
This list will give you everything you need to make a basic cake in chocolate or vanilla and a good batch of chocolate chip cookies, which should be a staple in everyone’s repertoire. If I were making the list longer, I would include active dry yeast and milk. Milk didn’t make the cut because many recipes call for water and/or other liquids, so you can work around it. Yeast made it into slot 11 on my list simply because I find that more people are going to make cakes and cookies from scratch than yeast breads and that, once you decide to make the plunge into (easy and fun!) yeast doughs, you probably already have everything else on hand.
Any absolute staples that you’d like to add?