What is in a Scratch Cooks Kitchen


Are you wanting to know what is in a scratch cooks kitchen? If you’re wanting to start cooking from scratch, these are the things you will need to have on hand.

You don’t have to switch things overnight and cooking from scratch can be something you gradually ease into. Truth be told I’m “normally” a from-scratch cook but I’ve been known to use boxed rice or a can of soup from time to time.

Are you wanting to know what is in a scratch cooks kitchen? This picture of my pantry is just some of my staples

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Pantry Items

There are many things that are in my pantry that you can buy that are full of bad stuff. This is where label reading comes into play. You can get most things that are made without harmful ingredients.

  • Spices
  • Oils & Vinegars
  • Canned & Jar Items
  • Flours & Grains
  • Pasta & Rice
  • Nuts & Snacks
  • Condiments
  • Root Vegetables

Continue reading to find out how to get my complete checklist for stocking your kitchen.

You can stock your pantry differently if you are gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian. You might need to eliminate items if you don’t want sugar or dairy in your diet. Friends and family members who I serve occasionally are gluten-free so I keep some of those staples on hand always. Gluten-free crackers are delicious and even if you aren’t gluten-free you will be none the wiser. They are always on my charcuterie boards.

I keep the basics for a charcuterie board in my scratch cook kitchen

Preserving foods from your garden or the farmer’s market is a really great way to stock your pantry and freezer. You can read about preserving foods HERE.

canned tomatoes on the counter of the outdoor kitchen. a necessary staple in a scratch cooks pantry

Fresh Items

Obviously, your fresh foods will be determined by your planned meals. If you are a meal planner like me, this will help you make your weekly shopping list accordingly. However, these are things you might always want to have on hand.

  • Eggs
  • Lemon
  • Limes
  • Milk
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Fresh Veggies
Cut up carrots, broccoli, leeks, celery and potatoes to put into a homemade soup

If you want to learn more about meal planning, you can find it HERE

Frozen Items

There are plenty of things that you can keep in your freezer so that you can use them when they aren’t in season. Freezing your own produce is a great way to preserve food.

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Meat
  • Seafood
  • Potatoes

Scratch Cooking

Scratch cooking is real food with real ingredients. Using the least processed ingredients is the healthiest and tastiest way to fuel our bodies.

What Ingredients to Avoid

What is in A Scratch Cooks Kitchen

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Best Places to Shop for Clean Foods

It is easier than ever to find organic, clean pantry items. But remember that no matter where you shop, you need to read the labels.

These shopping options have many items that fit the bill for scratch cooks.

  • Trader Joes
  • Whole Foods
  • Aldi
  • Amazon
  • CostCo
  • Local Grocery Stores
a cast-iron pan on the stove with butter, green onions and mushrooms sautéing

Cooking Healthy Cookery Items

If you’re cooking healthy, then you should also consider what you use to cook and store your food items. Spending time making healthy meals is shot if you use toxic cookware to prepare them.

When you are choosing what you cook with try to avoid, plastic and non-stick products. Switching over my kitchen to mostly glass, stainless steel, cast iron, and wood has taken some time but I’m pretty close to being a toxic-free kitchen. You need to do your research as there are pots, pans, and more that seem safe but have hidden metals.

The Food Network has a great article about the best products to purchase. You can find it HERE

When you have the things you need to prepare a from-scratch meal, it makes it easier to prepare. The recipes that are on Living Large in A Small House are prepared without processed foods. You can find all of my recipes HERE.


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    1. Thank you Renae! You are so sweet to always comment on my posts

  1. I already subscribe- is that the same as VIP? Didn’t see a separate sign-up link. Thanks

    1. It is Susan – Thank for being a part of my blog family. Are you having any issues accessing anything?

  2. Love this post! I have an auto-immune disorder and can’t eat gluten or dairy. I switched to whole foods in 2019 and my pantry has not looked the same since! Thanks, Donna

    1. We have two kids and a few friends who are GF so I always keep my pantry stocked with what I need to make GF meals.

    1. Thank you Michele for taking the time to read my post. I’m glad my list was helpful.