The Mess Hall

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28 Aug

Mess Hall Must-Haves: Top 25 Kitchen Staples

Posted in Makin' Food, Mess Hall Must Haves on 28.08.10 by Octopi

Since A and I have lived together, we’ve slowly been identifying our Must-Haves.  As long as we have these items in our kitchen inventory, it’s pretty easy to roll in and cook up some Tasty Goodness. Basically it’s a guarantee for no excuses: if you have these there is no way you can ever say “I have nothing to eat” when you get home.

This list may be a bit like a “top 10 favorite songs of all-time” list. There are several songs that will be on there for life but the rest may switch up a bit depending on your mood. I mean, just because I loved Ice Ice Baby back in middle school doesn’t mean that I love it now. OK, maybe I do but it’s most def not in the present-day Top 10.

Same goes for these items. We’ll revisit this list every once in a while and let you know what we’ve crossed off the list, what we’ve added, etc. Wherever our whims lead us, we intend to keep this list to 25 items. 

Mess Hallers: What would you add to this list and why? 

Cupboard Staples

  1. Olive oil
  2. Flour (Regular All-Purpose Flour)
  3. Baking Soda
  4. Baking Powder
  5. Yeast
  6. Sugar
  7. Beans (dry or canned)
  8. Pasta
  9. Rice
  10. Balsamic or other kind of flavorful vinegar
  11. Onions
  12. Garlic
  13. Honey
  14. Salt
  15. Pepper


Fridge Staples

  1. Milk (soy or regular)
  2. Mustard
  3. Butter
  4. Cheese
  5. Eggs
  6. Soy Sauce
  7. Hot Sauce



  1. Lemons
  2. Tomatoes
  3. Other random veggies


For a printable list click Mess Hall Must Haves Top 25 Staples. Keep it in your reusable grocery bag, purse/wallet or share it with a friend or frenemy.

Looking ahead:

  • We’ll start posting some “Top 25” Recipes in the near future.  That is, recipes that only use ingredients from this All-Star list. 
  • We’ll also start introducing some substitution examples (like Whole Wheat Pastry Flour for regular flour, etc.) for those who want to move to Stage 2 of Mess Hall Madness and get into healthifying options.

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