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8 Must-Have Pantry Staples

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Have you ever looked in your pantry and found that you don’t have a particular item you need to make dinner? Having to run to the grocery store in the middle of Philadelphia rush hour is the last thing you want to do. We don’t want your pantry to let you down, so our experts at Closet & Storage Concepts of West Berlin have made a list of the most important items to keep on hand at all times.

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Rice is an essential pantry staple that can be both a side dish and a main! Choose from bulk types including long-grain, short-grain, basmati, Arborio, and jasmine, all of which come in both white and brown varieties. From fried rice to risotto, you’ll have countless dinner options on hand.


Having three or four dried pasta options on hand will make for an easy last minute dinner. From spaghetti, linguine and lasagna, to rigatoni, macaroni, and bowties, having a nice selection of dried pasta is a cheap and smart way to have dinner in your back pocket.

Dried Beans

Lentils, pinto beans, black beans, and cannellini beans are important legume staples that belong in every pantry. A pound can feed a small army and can be used in a variety of dishes from soups, chili, and even in salads.


You’ll never have to think about breakfast again if you always have oatmeal on hand. Buying it in bulk is a much cheaper option than the traditional spherical canisters found in the cereal aisle. Whether it’s steel-cut, Scottish, whole rolled, or minute oats, choose your favorite and buy a lot of it!

Essential Baking Supplies

Our essential baking ingredients include flour, baking soda, sugar, baking powder, and yeast. We are also partial to always having chocolate chips on hand, so that chocolate chip cookies are never far away.


Clear, flavorless cooking oils like vegetable oil, canola oil, coconut oil, or corn oil are a must for frying and baking. Olive oil is a must have for roasting, cooking, and for making dressings.

Basic Canned Goods

Canned items like chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, marinara, and soup are important kitchen basics that can add flavor to a variety of dishes. Having go-to canned goods that you actually use, are critical to a functional pantry. If you don’t use an item a lot, don’t buy another one. This will keep your pantry free of clutter and canned food you never open.

Essential Condiments

Items like ketchup, mustard, pickles, relish, and mayonnaise should always be on hand in your Philadelphia pantry. Having a summer picnic or barbeque will be less of a hassle if you always have these condiments ready to go.


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