The big pantry staple list

Essential ingredients for the vegan kitchen

To cook with versatility and health, you need a well-stocked pantry. Imagine running out to get missing ingredients only to find the shop too is out of stock, so now you have wasted time and still can’t cook what you had intended. Listen up: If a package is used up, buy two new ones next time. After all, most products can be stored for weeks and months on end. Here we reveal the nine staples every well-stocked pantry must have:

„If a package is used up,
buy two new ones next time!"

1. Cereals/pseudo-cereals
should always be available in different versions - after all, they have a long shelf life and can be used in a variety of ways. Whether it's oatmeal in the form of granola, porridge or overnight oats for breakfast, quinoa and millet for healthy bowls and salads at lunch, or almond and spelt flour for some spur-of-the-moment baking: A variety of grains belongs in every kitchen.

2. Milk (substitutes)
follows right behind. These days, there are an array of plant-based alternatives that are used regularly, especially for smoothies and coffee, and also for baking and cooking. Our personal favorites are oat, almond and coconut milk.

3. Fruits/vegetables
should be bought seasonally and regionally, and here’s the reason why: The shorter the distance from the field to the greengrocer or supermarket, the more nutrients they retain and less pesticide they need. At the same time, there are also dried and frozen fruits available all year round. Ripe bananas, for example, can be frozen wonderfully and are ideal for smoothies, bread dough and homemade ice cream. Strawberries, blueberries and berry mixes can be kept frozen for use whenever we need them. 

4. Nuts and seeds
are must-haves. Cashews, in particular, should be part of every good vegan household since these nuts are ideal as a basis for making cheese alternatives. Walnuts, almonds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, white tahini, from hulled sesame seeds, as well as a selection of different nut butters are indispensable.

5. Sugar substitutes
are essential for breakfast, smoothies as well as baking. Our favorites - coconut blossom sugar, maple syrup and date syrup, may be stored indefinitely and are available in all local organic markets.

6. Legumes
are considered a primary source of iron for those on a vegan or vegetarian diet. They are also rich in magnesium and zinc; legumes contain a lot of fiber and so have positive effects on well-being and satiety. We always have lentils, chickpeas and various types of beans. 

7. Pasta/rice
are probably the most popular staples on our pantry shelf. We especially like to reach for pasta made from rice or chickpeas (they have less gluten and calories!), glass noodle, spelt spaghetti and brown rice. Perfect as a basis for various bowls or as a quick, impromptu lunch.

8. Oils/vinegar
are also essential for cooking as well as for preparing salads. In particular, MCT oil, which has been proven to have a variety of positive effects on human health, is always on hand - it enhances performance, has an antibacterial effect, protects the cardiovascular system and alleviates gastrointestinal complaints. And, of course, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil, olive oil as well as coconut oil are never out of stock in our pantry.

9. Herbs/spices
are essentials as the final items on our list of staples. Even though personal preferences are very individual, there are some herbs and spices that work well in any kitchen. These include: salt, pepper, turmeric, garlic powder, paprika powder, chili, curry powder, oregano, mustard, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla powder as well as cocoa powder. With these staples, you are set regardless of time of day and appetite!