Neatly ordered and organized for your viewing pleasure!

What do I need to keep in my cabinets and drawers to be “safe” for most situations when I have to feed some people or scratch up something for two “out of nothing”? This is what I always have in stock and refill reliably, just to have it available without having to think about it.

This is my personal roundup, it may lack a lot of stuff that other people deem indispensable, but it’s a list of staples that I think mostly anyone can get along with fairly well. If you like, you can also have a look on what I deem essential kitchen equipment. Read on…


Sauces & Condiments:

  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon Mustard
  • My Favourite BBQ-Sauce and Glaze
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Honey
  • Soy Sauce
  • Tomato Paste
  • [A] Hoisin Sauce
  • [A] Fish Sauce
  • [A] Oyster Sauce

Dried Goods:

  • Loads of Pasta
  • Flour (Type 405 and 550)
  • Corn Stach
  • Polenta
  • Dried Rice, Beans, Chickpeas, Couscous
  • Bread Crubs / Panko
  • Yeast
  • Baking Powder
  • Dried Mushrooms
  • [A] Various Noodles (Ramen, Somen, Udon, Egg Noodles, Shrimp Noodles, etc.) 
  • [A] Dashi Stock Powder
  • [A] Wakame / Nori Seaweed

Canned Goods:

  • Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Chicken- / Beef- / Fish-Stock


  • Salt & Pepper (both ground and whole)
  • White Sugar
  • Dried Thyme, Rosemary, Oregano, Basil
  • Onion- / Garlic- / Paprika Powder
  • Nutmeg
  • Bayleaves
  • Chili Flakes, Cayenne Pepper
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • [A] 5-Spice-Powder
  • [A] Shichimi Togarashi

Liquids, Oils, etc.:

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • BUTTER (Butter just makes everything better 🙂 )
  • Some sort of cooking oil (Canola, Sunflower, etc.)
  • Sherry, White wine
  • Chicken stock
  • Lemon Juice
  • [A] Chili Oil
  • [A] Toasted Sesame Oil
  • [A] Rice Vinegar
  • [A] Shiaoxing Cooking Wine / Sake

→ This list contains a lot of asian- / asian-cuisine products (marked “[A]“), that not everyone might need as often as I do. I just like asian cuisine so much… 🙂  Leave this out and you should be perfectly done. ←

Aaaand here’s a download for easy reference.