A kitchen that's well stocked with dry goods, canned goods, and condiments can often make the difference between cooking a leisurely meal at home and making a mad dash to the grocery store. This list shows basic ingredients to keep on hand. Select those ingredients that you use on a regular basis, and round it out with others that you love. Take special note of where to store each item and the recommended storage time. You'll be surprised how easy it will be to cook a meal when you stock the right ingredients.
Adopt these organizational strategies so your pantry is always stocked with the foods you use most often.