Let me start by saying... I don't have a pantry.
...I know, right?
When we bought our house I didn't even think about it until we moved in and I was like, "hmm... where am I going to put all of this food??"
I have moved it around a few times until I found what worked.
So, what are my pantry staples?
ie: the things I put on my list automatically if we are running low...
Boxed Pasta (I currently have over ten boxes that I have paid very little for at Target)
Rice (I really like Uncle Ben's quinoa and brown rice)
Corn Bread (Jiffy, duh)
Mac & Cheese boxes
Bread and tortillas (we eat a lot of tacos)
Breakfast bars, we have a huge amount of breakfast bars right now...
Ritz crackers (my husband is obsessed)
cereals (our favs are Raisin Bran and Special K, Rhett eats the store
brand Cheerios dry, cheaper than the baby flavored snacks)
Cookie mixes or Cake mixes (if I can buy on sale)
Goldfish and Pretzels for Hudson
Canned fruit in 100% juice (for the boys)
Canned Black beans
Canned Green beans
Cream of... whatever soups
5 lb bag of potatoes
Misc (usually extras or backup)
All of the baking supplies (flour, sugar...)
As you can see, I don't keep a lot of sweets around because if I do then I will want to eat them non-stop. And I didn't want my boys growing up thinking that they get sweet treats all the time. Cookies are a special occasion at our house (or every time we go by the Wal-Mart bakery). I like to keep a stock of basic ingredients for recipes so I can always whip something up if I need to but can't get to the store (which is a mile from my house... ha). We don't eat a lot of pasta but I have a lot of pasta. I use it for taking meals to friends after having a baby or surgery... I have a yummy recipe for Spaghetti Casserole!
I'll be back tomorrow with a terrifying look at our refrigerator and deep freeze. I have to go clean them first, ha!
What are your pantry staples that I don't know about? Maybe they need to be my staples too!