A Baker’s Stash
With a well-stocked pantry, a baker can make many things.
I keep the basics on hand in easy to reach canisters.
Other players that are not pictured include baking powder, brown sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar.
You’ll also want plenty of eggs, milk, and butter in the wet ingredients category. With regular milk, you can add vinegar to sub for buttermilk. Cream cheese is also handy to keep on hand, but it’s not in the “must haves” category, unless you love carrot and red velvet cake. Flavored extracts like peppermint, maple, almond, and lemon are also handy but not mandatory.
Don’t forget your favorite add ins like chocolate chips, peanut butter, and nuts.
When I started my kitchen from scratch when we first got married, I added something new every time I went to the store. We were newlyweds and on a tight budget, so I couldn’t stock the whole thing at once. Even with spices, I would try out a new recipe and purchase one or two at a time. It takes time and persistence, but building up your pantry arsenal is well worth it. It’s amazing how much you can do with the basics.