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Life Skills as High School Electives: Essentials for Stocking a Kitchen and Pantry

Teaching our children life skills is a key part of their growing up. It can be easy to take the things we do daily and weekly for granted, forgetting their our children might not have gained these skills. In order for our children to grow up, move out, and become fully functioning adults they need to be taught these life skills. Gathering essentials for stocking a kitchen and pantry are the first step in being able to cook for themselves when they are out on their own.

Life Skills as High School Electives: Home Economics - Essentials for Stocking a Kitchen & Pantry from Starts At Eight. Learning the essentials for stocking a kitchen and pantry are essential life skills which can be covered as a Home Economics topic in high school. Includes a FREE Printable Record Keeping List Printable.

Essentials for Stocking a Kitchen & Pantry

In order to cook meals for themselves, our teens need to know what food items and what cooking tools are essential to have on hand, as well as how to cook with and use these items. Teaching them at home, before they move out and have to do it all, is a great way to help them prepare for life.

Essential Food Items


  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • bouillon cubes (beef, chicken, vegetable)
  • bread
  • canned soups
  • chocolate chips
  • cocoa powder
  • coffee
  • cooking oil
  • cornmeal
  • cornstarch
  • flour
  •  honey
  • hot sauce
  • nuts
  • olive oil
  • past
  • peanut butter
  • rice
  • rolled oats
  • soy sauce
  • spices and dried herbs (salt, pepper, paprika, basil, bay leaves, etc)
  • sugar (white and brown)
  • tomato sauce
  • tuna
  • vanilla extract
  • vinegar


  • butter
  • carrots
  • celery
  • cheese
  • cucumber
  • eggs
  • jelly
  • ketchup
  • lettuce
  • mayonnaise
  • milk
  • mustard
  • sour cream

Fruits & Veggies (outside the refrigerator)

  • apples
  • bananas
  • onions
  • potatoes


  • chicken breast
  • frozen vegetables (carrots, corn, broccoli, spinach, beans)
  • hamburger (we more often have ground turkey instead)
  • ice
  • pork chops

Essential Cooking Tools, Appliances & Utensils

Pots & Pans

  • skillet
  • baking sheets (with and without rims)
  • muffin tin
  • stoneware or glass casserole dish
  • saucepan
  • large kettle
  • bread loaf pan
  • non-stick frying pan

Powered Appliances

  • blender
  • mixer (stand or hand-held)
  • toaster oven (we found this to be a more versatile item than a standard toaster)
  • food processor
  • microwave
  • crock-pot
  • coffee pot

Knives & Utensils

  • a large chef’s knife
  • a serrated bread knife
  • a paring knife
  • steak knives
  • corkscrew
  • peeler
  • whisk
  • can opener
  • pastry brush
  • grater
  • wooden spoons
  • rubber spatula
  • standard flat spatula
  • tongs
  • ladle
  • large serving spoons
  • scissors

Other Misc. Equipment

  • large measuring cup
  • measuring cup set
  • measuring spoon set
  • cutting board
  • colander
  • varied sizes of mixing bowls

The above list is a general overview and starting point for stocking both a pantry as well as a kitchen with cooking supplies. There are things you may add or delete based on your style of cooking and families needs.

Printable List of Essentials for Stocking a Kitchen & Pantry

I have created a printable list of these items for you to use in your home. You could print it and have your child see if they can find each item in your pantry and kitchen. If there are things not on the list you would include, add them and talk about why you think they are important to have.

Another way to use these is to print them out and have your children price out each list. Ask them questions like these:

  • What stores are more cost effective?
  • What features on appliances are more important than others?
  • How can you save money on a particular item or list?

FREE Printable List

Click Essentials for Stocking a Kitchen & Pantry to download the entire list in pdf format!

Essentials for Stocking a Kitchen & Pantry FREE PDF Printable from Starts At Eight

Life Skills as High School Electives: Home Economics & Shop Class Series

Be sure to book mark this page as this is the landing page for all of them!

Life Skills as High School Electives: Home Economics & Shop Class from Starts At Eight. Teaching your kids life skills is a great way to learn and earn high school credit! Includes FREE Printable Record Keeping Sheets!

Welcome to my series Life Skills as High School Electives: Home Economics and Shop Class. Over the coming weeks I will be talking about essential life skills and how to incorporate them into your high school transcript as high school electives. {Each topic will be linked here as they are completed.}

1. Home Economics

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2. Shop Class

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  1. practicalbydefault
    Feb 27, 2017 @ 10:41:32

    Love this list 🙂 Great resources for any teen!

  2. Brenda @ Schooling a Monkey
    Feb 27, 2017 @ 15:25:25

    This is such a great idea!

  3. susanhomeschooling
    Feb 27, 2017 @ 15:59:41

    What a great idea to teach teens! This way you can always whip up a meal, even when you’re tired and don’t want to go to the store. It saves a lot of money from not having to eat out.

  4. Vicki Nichols
    Jun 09, 2017 @ 11:06:25

    Thank you so very much.

  5. Heidi
    Jun 09, 2017 @ 18:36:40

    You’re very welcome! 🙂

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