How To Stock The Perfect Winter Pantry

This is a guest post by Beth Manos Brickey, of Tasty Yummies.

The time has come, at least where I live, when the local fresh produce has dwindled down to very little and we are hunkering down for a long and cold winter. Just because fresh local produce isn’t quite as plentiful around here as it is in the summer, doesn’t mean that I cook any less. I just find I need to get more creative with what I do have and be very smart in stocking my pantry with healthy staples to get me through. Additionally, I still make sure to buy and eat as many veggies as possible and though they may not be local, I do try to at least select organic and as seasonal as I possibly can.

Here is a quick list of some of my favorite pantry staples, I am personally gluten-free so this list reflects that. Use this list as a guide, keeping in mind your own intolerances and preferences to create your own pantry staples list and make sure you are well stocked through the entire winter and all year, for that matter.

Winter Pantry Staples Shopping List

Dried and canned beans – black beans, garbanzo, lentil, sprouted mung beans, kidney, white beans, pinto etc.

Whole grains – brown rice, quinoa, millet, amaranth, wild rice, oats, etc (couscous, barley, bulgur, etc., if you aren’t gluten-free)

Oils – coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, etc.

Soy sauce or Gluten-free tamari

Spices and herbs – bay leaves, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, turmeric, curry powder, italian blend, herbs de Provence, etc.

Dried fruit – dates, raisins, cranberries, cherries, currants, etc.

Rice noodles and other pastas

Sugars and other alternative sweeteners – raw sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey, coconut nectar, stevia, etc.

Nuts and seeds – almonds, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, etc.

Nut and seed butters – almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, etc.

Vinegars – balsamic, apple cider, red and white wine vinegars, rice vinegar, etc.

Potatoes and sweet potatoes



Winter squash

All photos by Beth Manos Brickey

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9 years ago

Fish Sauce! :)

Beth, this list is fabulous and the images are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing:)

9 years ago

but but you forgot ginger!!

9 years ago

Definitely fish sauce Scotty!! They just asked for a vegetarian list, so it didn’t make the cut :)

Thanks so much Meg!!

9 years ago

Patricia – there is definitely a lot that didn’t make it on this list. I didn’t include ginger since for me, I buy it fresh and therefore I keep it in the fridge, which means it isn’t a pantry staple :)
But I am with you, I ALWAYS have ginger in my kitchen!

9 years ago

These are amazing photos!!! Love this list


9 years ago

Love this post and have a question now related to it though. Is there a blog post on here regarding places to stay/eat/visit in Philly? I am planning a trip up there soon and would love to see a guide from FP!