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Pantry 2020 Basics

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Pantry 2020 Basics

Check out these basics for our 2020 pantry. (You can also download this list as a handy PDF and save it on your phone!) When you\’re stocking your pantry, take note of storage and best-before dates. Nuts and certain whole grains are higher in fat and are best stored at 50 to 70 F (10 to 20 C) in a clean, dark cupboard. For longer storage, refrigerate or freeze.


  • assorted oils (e.g. extra-virgin olive oil; flaxseed, grapeseed, coconut, camelina, and some flavoured oils; toasted sesame oil)
  • nut/seed butters* (e.g. tahini, peanut, almond, sunflower seed, hazelnut, pumpkin seed)
  • nut/seeds (e.g. almonds, peanuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts, hazelnuts; macadamia nuts, pine nuts)
  • coconut milk/cream


  • lemon juice*
  • lime juice*
  • vinegars (e.g. rice, red wine, white wine, balsamic, sherry, apple cider)


  • dried fruits (e.g. dates, figs, raisins, cranberries, apricots, prunes)
  • candied ginger
  • maple syrup
  • coconut/raw sugar
  • demerara sugar


  • assorted salts (e.g. flaked, Himalayan, Hawaiian black lava salt, Celtic sea salt, kosher salt)
  • dried herbs/spices
  • miso paste*
  • gluten-free low-sodium tamari soy sauce
  • gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
  • coconut aminos
  • nutritional yeast
  • Dijon mustard*
  • jarred olives*

Dried Goods

  • assorted rice (e.g. brown, red, black, jasmine, wild)
  • canned goods (e.g. chickpeas, lentils, black beans, cannellini beans, tomatoes, roasted red peppers)
  • assorted pastas (e.g. semolina, gluten-free)
  • grains (e.g. quinoa, couscous, millet, farro, spelt, sorghum, Kamut, barley)
  • roots (e.g. onions, potatoes, squash, beets, garlic)

*These items may require refrigeration.

This excerpt was originally published as part of the article published in the January 2020 issue of alive Canada with the title “2020 Pantry Essentials.”

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