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Stocking Your Paleo Pantry

Paleo Pantry Staples

Ready to start cooking Paleo meals at home?

Don’t let your time get sucked up by constant trips to the grocery store for just one more thing – it’s so much more convenient to stock up on pantry staples right away. Here’s a starter list to get you going:

Spices (and spice blends)

The Basics:

* (If you’re strapped for cash, buy these first; they’re the most essential.)

You’ll Probably want…

* Once you have the essentials, you can buy these one or two at a time to spread out the cost.

If you like ethnic foods…


  • Dried seaweed
  • Five-spice powder
  • Star anise
  • Dried mushrooms
  • Szechuan peppercorns

Middle Eastern/ North African

  • Za’atar
  • Ras El Hanout
  • Harissa
  • Mint


  • Turmeric
  • Garam masala
  • Cardamom (pods and dried)
  • Coriander
  • Fenugreek


  • Kaffir lime leaves
  • Thai basil
  • Tamarind

Tip: Online spice stores are almost always cheaper Than anything you can get in a grocery, and the spices are fresher, too. That goes double for The less common ethnic spices.

Other Staples

The Basics

You May Want…

Tip: Many of These items may be cheaper (or only available) online. Check prices before you buy, and try a small container first To make sure you like and will use it.

Make it Yourself

Anything marked with a * can be made in a huge batch and then frozen in an ice cube tray to pop out single servings when you want them.

The Basics

You’ll Probably Want…

Tip: “Can’t I just buy These at the store?” Yes, nowadays there are Paleo-friendly staples found in most grocery stores, but not all, and they can also come with a higher price tag. If you do go the store-bought route, read the labels carefully, and watch out for sugar and soy!

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