11 Basic Baking Items You Need In Your Pantry

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If you have these top 11 basic baking items in your pantry you can make so many things. Now we can add more foods to our pantry to make even more meals. But today I am going to just talk about what you can make anytime with these baking items shown above. Yep, you can do it! You do not even need an electric mixer. If you have a large bowl that would really help, depending on what you decide to make. These items are in the pantry, not the freezer.

I want everyone to know what they can make in any emergency when the power is out. Okay, let’s get started.

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Basic Baking Items We All Need:

1. Honey

The great thing about honey is that it lasts forever. It may crystallize but it is still great. You might need a chisel, but it tastes great soft or hard. One thing about honey, you can drizzle it on homemade biscuits, bread or pancakes. Yummy! My baking items have to include honey! Cox’s Honey: Cox’s Honey Website. Be careful with honey and babies. Please do your research.

2. Real Salt

Everyone usually has some salt in the cupboard. Here’s the deal with salt, our bodies need salt to survive. I am not talking excessive, but salt makes some foods taste better as well. Real Salt

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3. Olive Oil

We can use olive oil for so many baking items, which I will list below. Remember olive oil does not have a long shelf life. I never store mine for more than 1 year. Six months is even better. Do I like this shelf life, no I don’t? But I have eaten at homes and the olive oil on side dishes or salads tastes rancid. Some people have it for years. Oh, man is it bad, in my opinion. When in doubt…throw it out.

4. SAF Instant Yeast

I realize you can make a lot of things without this commercial yeast. My very good friend, Melissa Richardson who wrote the book “The Art Of Baking With Natural Yeast” never uses commercial yeast. I am like an old dog and still love my no fail freshly ground whole wheat bread. By the way, Melissa has a new book out. I will be doing a review on it soon.

5. Baking Soda

This is a “must have” for some homemade food items. This is a very important baking item for the pantry.

6. Baking Powder

This is also a “must have” for some homemade items. Yes, I would stock up on all these baking items.

7.  Coconut Oil

Let me count the ways we can use coconut oil! Not just for the pantry…..plus this has a longer shelf life than most oils. The temperature where it is stored is critical. Not in a hot garage.

8. Powdered Butter

Well, we do need this powdered butter in the pantry. Do you remember me telling you I opened a can of powdered butter (not the brand above)? I mixed the portions on the can and started stirring. I start gagging just thinking of the smell. The website said it tasted just like “Land O’Lakes” butter. NO WAY! I still laugh about that.

9. Instant or Powdered Milk

This one is a “must have” baking item, but is also perfect for those days when you are out of milk and the roads are iced over. You can make milk to drink, cook with, on cereal, etc.! Love it!

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10. Powdered Eggs

These are my favorite #10 can eggs (they have packages inside the can). They are 100% eggs. Of course, if you have chickens or quail you are set for any meal.

11. Wheat (I prefer Hard White), White Flour or Your Choice of Gluten-Free Flour

If you have wheat you will need a wheat grinder. You can sprout wheat as well. Be sure and check the shelf life for white flour (6-12 months at the most). Please do not go out and store large bags of flour that will go rancid in a year or two. When in doubt throw it out. I believe in waste not want not too…but I do not want to get the “flu” as in food poisoning.

Meals You Can Make With 11 Basic Baking Items:

Bread, pancakes, muffins, pasta, cracked wheat, sprouted wheat, tortillas. You can also make crackers, mayonnaise, English muffins, Swedish Hotcakes, Popeye Pancakes, cookies, and crepes. You can also make custards, puddings, cakes, waffles, and biscuits. Is your mouth watering now? I want to make some crepes right now! Here’s the deal, look at all these items you can make in a disaster if you have just these 11 items. Now if you have some fruit, vegetables, and cheese……you will rock with meals!

Let’s be ready for those winter storms. Please fill your pantry with these basic baking items. Remember if you can afford to get that $20.00-30.00 butane stove you can cook inside! Stock up on a few cans of butane…be ready when the power goes out. Blessings….

Survival food storage by Linda

10 thoughts on “11 Basic Baking Items You Need In Your Pantry

  • October 9, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Great list. Can you put on the honey the caution that honey should NEVER be given to children under the age of 1 because of the potential for botulism? Even if it is cooked in something it does not change this possibility. Thanks for a great and informative blog.

    • October 9, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Pam, thanks for the information. I do remember that when my kids were little. I am adding that right now. Blessings, Linda

  • October 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks for the list Linda, it’s a good reminder, I never thought of the powdered eggs

    • October 9, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Hi Andi, thanks for stopping by again, You are so amesome! These are the only powdered eggs I could eat…LOL! Linda

  • September 1, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    I buy a few different types of flour. I like to keep them in the deep freezer until I need to put some in my canister in the kitchen. I find this works very well. I never have the bug infestation. If I use it from the freezer I just put the amount I need in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. The cold flour doesn’t work to well if not slightly warmed first.

    • September 2, 2018 at 8:04 am

      Hi Morgan, great comment, we can all use some awesome tips! Thank you, Linda

  • September 19, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    We use an extra chest freezer to store our rice, flour, and other similar items. That way, if the power goes out, there is nothing in there that we need to worry about going bad.

    • September 19, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      Hi Darrell, I never thought about doing that. So the condensation doesn’t affect the food? Or is it never plugged in? Linda

  • July 11, 2020 at 8:37 am


    I really enjoy your informative posts. We have a large propane grill for outside cooking and here in our part of Arizona, where it rarely rains and almost never snows, we can cook outside year round. Of course we can garden outside year round also. Though right now our blistering heat–109-111 F all weekend–has shut down production of everything but tomatoes and squash. Even the cukes shut down. C’est la vie.

    If you ever decide to relocate near here be sure you get a property with a good potable well as the lack of rainfall is our single bane. Solar and wind are definitely the way to go here if you want to go off grid. There are 40 acre parcels with wells and homes 20-30 minutes East of us for less than $200,000. And for your hubby we have nice golf courses as well–or so I’m told as that’s not my game. There are lots of homesteaders around here.

    Yes, the summers are nasty hot, but the rest of the year is very nice, and the skies at night are almost as crystal clear as those in the high mountains of Colorado. Last night was so clear the Milky Way looked like a long, thin cloud. And speaking of skies, we are famous for our colorful sunrises and sunsets. Big bonus–no tornados and very few, almost non-existent, mosquitoes.

    We are 5-6 hours from California beaches, 1 1/2 hour from Las Vegas and the same from the Grand Canyon. Our place is located on the outskirts of Kingman–it’s only two acres–at an elevation of 3750′ so we don’t get the really intense heat (120 F) of the low desert areas like Phoenix. If you’d like I can email you a link to a really good rural property realtor.

    • July 11, 2020 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Ray, wow, that is a good deal! Mark and I may have to go road tripping when or if the COVID blows over. Once I heard that heat would diffuse it, it’s 110 degrees today here and the CV cases are rising. Great comment, Linda


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