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The Pantry Principle – What you’ll need as raw ingredients for real food recipes – Part 3

Shopping to replenish a real food pantry is different and really a whole lot simpler than recipe shopping. Begin by making a list of the raw food items you will need to make the recipes you make very regularly. The idea is that it only contains the most basic ingredients … not anything that you would make and then stock as an ingredient. Guaranteed it’ll be a short one! It should resemble your Great-Grandma’s shopping list at the general store. Below I’ve got mine. I think it will cover our Mrs Dull’s “Southern Cooking” recipe experiments too.

The ingredients you will buy

Bulk Items

  • Whole Wheat
  • White Rice
  • Unbleached White Flour
  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Lentils
  • Dried Beans
  • Dried Peas
  • Peanuts


  • Garlic Granules
  • Onion Granules
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Bay Leaf
  • Chocolate
  • Cocoa
  • Cumin
  • Chili Powder
  • Cloves
  • Peppercorns
  • Allspice
  • Canned Tomatoes

Farm Buys

  • Milk
  • Bones
  • Organ Meats
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Available Produce
  • Hard Cheese
  • Eggs


  • Lard
  • Beef Tallow
  • Olive Oil
  • Superfoods
  • Butter Oil
  • Magnesium Salts
  • Sea Salt
  • Vanilla Beans


The ingredients that you will make

What you’ll notice when you first take a peek at the recipes is that many ingredients listed do not appear in our buying list. These are ingredients that you will want to make and store ahead of time. Things like butter, buttermilk, whey, sour cream, cream, condiments, whole wheat flour and vanilla extract. All of these things are pretty easy to make so don’t worry. Some do require special equipment to make in any volume so you’ll need to work up to replacing buying the finished item with raw ingredients as you can afford it.


Links to this series:

Links to Real Food Ingredients available online


6 thoughts on “The Pantry Principle – What you’ll need as raw ingredients for real food recipes – Part 3

  1. You know, I don’t think my grandmother ever bought camu powder. OK, well she could barely boil water, but I don’t think her mother ever bought it either!

    Pretty sure they got their winter vitamin C from root-cellared cabbages, sauerkraut, and rose hip tea.


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