Pantry staples checklist

What you need to restock and replace in your cottage kitchen each season

By Emma WoolleyEmma Woolley


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Opening weekend is quickly approaching and, along with everything else on your growing list of to-dos, it’s time to restock the cottage. Over the winter months some items may have passed their best-before dates and others will have to be replaced, date or not, including stale herbs and spices and canned food that froze over winter. Have unseen snackers (mice and bugs) secretly enjoyed your dry goods? Be sure to check for droppings in the cupboard and holes in packaging.

So what should you bring on opening weekend? Here’s a checklist of food items to help you prepare for cottage season and avoid those dreaded repeat visits to the grocery store.

  • beans
  • soups and stews
  • rice, grains, pasta
  • pancake mix
  • tomato paste and sauce
  • salsa
  • jams
  • peanut butter
  • dried fruit
  • nuts
  • crackers
  • popcorn
  • potato chips
  • pickles
  • vinegars
  • oils
  • spice rubs
  • sauces (Worcestershire, barbecue)
  • salt, pepper
  • spices
  • chicken or vegetable broth (cans or Tetra Paks)
  • drinking water
  • juice and soft drinks
  • alcohol and mix
  • coffee, tea, cocoa
  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • relish
  • mayonnaise
  • salad dressings
  • honey
  • maple syrup

This article was originally published on June 15, 2009

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