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5 Top Ingredients To Always Have In Your Kitchen


Every person has different staple ingredients based on the type of cuisine they like to cook, but there are a few ingredients that everyone should have in their kitchen. Whether you like Italian, Mexican, Indian food, and more, here are a few ingredients that you should always have on hand!


Garlic is so cheap at the grocery store that it’s worth it to pick some up every time you shop to ensure you’ll never run out. While you can also use garlic powder, it just isn’t the same! Store your garlic in a cool, dark place, and it’s best to keep it in a well-ventilated container or mesh bag.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is very important to have at all times, as it is so versatile that you probably find yourself using it almost every day. If you really love oil, you can even buy different types for different uses; an everyday olive oil, a finishing olive oil for drizzling, and a light or pure olive oil for frying and baking.

Salt and Pepper

This may seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning that you should always have salt and pepper in your kitchen. Salt may actually be the most essential ingredient in all cooking and baking, as you will find it difficult to make anything without it! It’s best to have both Kosher and sea salt in your pantry, but as for black pepper, only one type is necessary.


Similar to garlic, you should stock up on your favorite types of beans every time you go shopping to ensure you never run out. Beans are very affordable and a great addition to a variety of meals. Whether you prefer black beans, garbanzo beans, or white beans, you can buy them canned, dried, or even pre-cooked, for those nights when you have very limited time to make dinner.


There are so many different kinds of rice, but basic white jasmine rice and basmati rice will give you the most options for a delicious meal. If you also purchase brown rice and Arborio rice for risotto, you’ll always have a great dinner even when your fridge is almost empty.

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