The Complete Pantry Staples List that will have you ready in any emergency with a fully stocked pantry, refrigerator, and freezer.  From frozen fruits and veggies to dry goods and canned goods that have a long shelf-life, you can easily stock-up to make your favorite meals with this list of shelf stable ingredients.

A pantry, refrigerator, and freezer stock-up list in case of an emergency.

Whether you’re hunkering down for a hurricane, or quarantining as COVID-19 strikes, making sure your kitchen and pantry are fully stocked with staples is essential.

There are so many other shelf-stable ingredients you can stock up on beyond your typical rice, dried beans, canned goods, and potatoes.

Below you will find dry goods and other items that store well in the pantry, fresh produce with a long shelf-life, and ingredients that last a long time in the refrigerator and freezer.

You will also find a plethora of recipes you can make with these shelf-stable ingredients!

Pantry Staples

Canned beans, corn, tomatoes, coconut milk, corn, spaghetti sauce that pantry staples when stocking up.

Canned Goods

Canned goods can last for up to 1 to 4 years if stored in a cool dry place.

A few canned goods you can stock up on:

Dried grains and beans to keep as pantry staples in an emergency.

Beans and Grains

Dried beans can last almost indefinitely if stored in a cool, dry place.

However, it’s best to cook and eat them within 2-3 years for the best taste and nutritional value.

If stored in a cool pantry, dried grains (such as rice, quinoa, grits) will last for up to 1 year in the pantry.

Grains will last for much longer if stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

Processed flour, cornmeal, sugars, and oats that are dry goods to store in pantry.

Processed Flours and Sugars

White flour will last for up to a year in the pantry.  More sensitive whole wheat flour only last for 3 to 6 months unless stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

Granulated white, brown, or coconut sugar will last up to 2 years after opening when stored in the pantry.

Whole, rolled, and quick cooking oats have a long shelf-life extending up to 2 years.

Almonds, pecans, dried fruit, nut butter, pumpkin seeds that are good pantry staples.

Nuts, Seeds and Dried Fruit

Whole nuts last at room temperature for up to 3 to 6 months, and in the freezer for up to 1 year.

Unopened commercial brand nut butters will last for up to 2 years at room temperature.  Once opened, peanut and almond butters should be consumed within 2 to 3 months.

Dried fruits will last for about 1 year if stored properly and they have no moisture contamination.

Oils, vinegars, soy sauce that are dry goods to stock up on in an emergency.

Oils and Vinegars

Oils last for up to 2 years when stored in a cool, dry place.

Vinegar will last indefinitely but may begin to lose its flavor if not stored properly.

Butter will keep in the refrigerator for 6-9 months and in the freezer for over a year in the freezer.

Chicken broth, pasta, coffee, tea, honey, seasonings, that are used to stock-up.

Other Pantry Items

In addition to your typical pantry staples, here are a few others to keep on hand:

Milk, eggs, cheese, butter, and condiments for refrigerator staples.

Refrigerator Ingredients

Eggs, Milk and Cheese

Eggs typically have a sell-by date at least 1 month out from purchase and will be safe to eat for another 1-2 weeks after.

Regular milk lasts for a few months if unopened in the refrigerator and 5-7 days once opened.

Nut-based milks that are properly sealed can be stored in the pantry for up to 3-4 weeks.

Parmesan cheese will last up to 9 months while softer, shredded cheeses have a shelf life of 5-7 days once opened.

Fresh fruits and vegetables that are good to stock up on and keep in the refrigerator.

Produce

Frozen meat (bacon, beef, salmon, sausage, chicken) to keep in freezer.

Freezer Items

Frozen Meats will last in the freezer for up to a year.  Ground meat will last for 4 months when frozen.  Chicken breasts, bacon, beef, steak, fish, shrimp, and pork will last up to 1 year if stored properly.

Frozen veggies are a great staple to have on hand when stocking your pantry and will last for up to a year.  Add mixed veggies to your favorite Chicken Pot Pie recipe or snap peas to a Teriyaki Shrimp Stir Fry.

Frozen Fruits will also last for up to a year in the freezer.  Use frozen fruits in your favorite Strawberry Overnight Oats or in a Tropical Fruit Green Smoothie.

Frozen pizza, taquitos, ice cream, tamales.

And of course – a few ready-made meals and treats are essential to keep in the freezer:

  • Frozen pizzas and crust.
  • Bread and baguettes.
  • Taquitos, bagel bites, burritos.
  • Tamales.
  • Ice cream.
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Pantry, Refrigerator, and Freezer Staples List

The Complete Pantry Staples List that will have you ready in any emergency with a fully stocked pantry, refrigerator, and freezer.  From frozen fruits and veggies to dry goods and canned goods that have a long shelf-life, you can easily stock-up to make your favorite meals with this list of shelf stable ingredients.
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Ingredients

CANNED GOODS

  • Tomatoes
  • Whole Beans
  • Refried Beans
  • Corn
  • Coconut Milk
  • Pumpkin
  • Pineapple
  • Salsa
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Carrots
  • Green Beans

BEANS AND GRAINS

  • Black Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Lentils
  • White or Brown Rice
  • Quinoa

PROCESSED FLOURS AND SUGARS

  • Flour
  • Sugar White, brown, coconut
  • Oats Quick, rolled, instant

NUTS, SEEDS AND DRIED FRUIT

  • Pecans
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Nut Butters Peanut, almond, and cashew butter
  • Dried Fruit Cranberries, cherries, blueberries, banana chips
  • Seeds Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds

OILS AND VINEGARS

  • Olive Avocado, Grapeseed, Coconut oil
  • Butter or Vegan butter alternative
  • Salad Dressings
  • Vinegars Balsamic, rice, apple cider, white wine
  • Soy Sauce

OTHER PANTRY ITEMS

  • Corn Tortillas
  • Pasta
  • Rice Noodles
  • Liquid Sweeteners
  • Broth Chicken, vegetable, or beef broth
  • Seasonings and Spices
  • Coffee and Tea

EGGS, MILK AND CHEESE

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cheese Shredded, Parmesan, Mozzarella, Cheddar
  • Condiments Ketchup, Mayo, Mustard
  • Hummus

PRODUCE

  • White Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Winter Squash Butternut Squash, Acorn Squash
  • Summer squash Zucchini and yellow squash
  • Bell Peppers
  • Herbs
  • Citrus Lemons, limes, oranges

FROZEN FOODS

  • Chicken
  • Ground Meat Beef, turkey, pork, chicken
  • Bacon
  • Steak or Beef
  • Fish Salmon, tilapia, cod
  • Shrimp
  • Pork
  • Frozen veggies
  • Frozen fruits
  • Frozen pizzas and crust
  • Bread and baguettes
  • Taquitos bagel bites, burritos
  • Tamales
  • Ice cream
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