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Stocking Your New Kitchen: Grocery List

August 15, 2020, Author: Karen Stanley

Moving into a new home means enjoying a beautiful new kitchen! You’ve had the chance to pick everything from the kitchen counters to the sink and faucet, and you’re now getting to enjoy it! To help you get started on stocking your new kitchen, we’ve put together a list of the main pantry and refrigerated essentials. Depending on the size of your family, and your lifestyle, you can adjust the items you purchase from this master list. There’s no use wasting space and money on foods you’ll never eat.

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Stock up on your family’s favorites so you can start enjoying your new gourmet kitchen to the fullest

As a note, one way to approach stocking your new kitchen is to gradually build up these items over the next month or two or longer. (That is opposed to doing one extra-large grocery run.) However it works best for you and family, here’s a great list to get you well-stocked in your new kitchen: 

Pantry Items: 

  • Bread
  • Rice 
  • Pasta 
  • Flour 
  • Sugar (white and brown) 
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Vanilla
  • Corn Starch
  • Coffee
  • Salt 
  • Starter snacks your family loves (pretzels, popcorn, nuts, dried fruit etc.) 
  • Cooking oil (canola and olive oil are great to have on hand) 
  • Soy Sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Cereals, Muesli, Oats
  • Lentils
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate chips (if you want to enjoy a fresh batch of cookies in your new kitchen)
  • Honey

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    Pick up everything to bake an inaugural batch of chocolate chip cookies as you celebrate moving into your new gourmet kitchen

Canned food: 

  • Corn 
  • Beans (or you can purchase dry beans) 
  • Green Beans 
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Pineapple 
  • Peaches
  • Chicken Broth 
  • Tuna 
  • Olives
  • Coconut Milk
  • Soups 
  • Tomato sauce
  • Spaghetti sauce 

Herbs, spices, and condiments: 

  • Salt 
  • Pepper 
  • Cinnamon
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Garlic Powder 
  • Cumin
  • Nutmeg
  • Bay Leaves
  • Ketchup 
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard 
  • Hot Sauce

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    Perishable foods are good to get on about a two-week interval so they can be used up. Don’t worry about stocking up too heavily on fresh foods right when you move in


  • Potatoes 
  • Onions 
  • Garlic
  • A few fruits your family loves
  • Basic Salad mix 
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes



  • Fruit
  • Berries
  • Veggies 
  • Meats that can be bought refrigerated, but put in smaller servings and frozen

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    When you’re stocking up, it’s also a great time to look at how you want to store items and organize your pantry

A few tips for your trip:

  1. MAKE A LIST. No matter what, make a list before you go out to the store to ensure you remember the essentials your family will appreciate.
  2. This is a large list to kick off with, so focus on the basics to start stocking your new kitchen. Be sure to purchase the things your family will actually use.
  3. Stocking your entire kitchen in one trip is extremely ambitious, so plan on making a few foundational grocery runs or placing a few grocery orders as you’re getting settled in.

Settling into your new home takes time, but there is nothing like the fresh start that comes with a new kitchen! Are you ready to design your kitchen? We’d love to show you our model homes to get you started. Visit us in person, or take a virtual tour, here. 



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