Pantry Essentials

by Maggie on November 18, 2009

Thank you Stephanie for the idea.  This one is for you – and for anyone else who is so kind as to read my bloggie!!

This is a list of my pantry essentials, and you’ll notice I’ve gone beyond GF flours. Please let me know if I’ve missed anything, or if you have any questions.  This list will evolve so do check back when you think of it.


Brown Rice Flour – you will NEVER need white rice flour so don’t even bother.

Sorghum Flour – I’m new to this one and so far so good.  It’s a good sub for brown rice flour.

Millet Flour

Quinoa Flour – high protein flour, but only use small amounts – it’s not a stand alone.

Garfava Flour – you need this if you plan on baking from the Babycakes cookbook!

Chick Pea Flour – also known as garbanzo bean flour.

An All-Purpose GF Mix for emergencies, or for getting started in the GF world.

GF Oats (we use Lara’s Oats) – these can be used as oat flour too if you have a food processor to grind them down.


Xanthum Gum (the clerks at your health food store or bulk store will know what this is, trust!)

Arrowroot Powder

Tapioca Starch

Potato Starch

Chia or Flax Seed

Egg Replacer


Cane Sugar

Sucanat – I often use this in place of brown sugar.  It has a strong molasses flavour.

Agave  – light, dark, I haven’t noticed a difference other than lightening or darkening a baked good).


Try to find these items in bulk if you can.  It will be cheaper (holy moly, have you noticed the price of GF products?) and you can control the quantity that you buy.

If you don’t bake very often you might consider storing your flours in the freezer.  I store mine in air-tight containers in an air-tight container.  Yes, you read that right.

Here’s a great link that will answer most of your questions about gluten-free flours. It’s one of my most-used bookmarks, and one of those things that I wish I had written!

These two didn't do much baking

These two didn't do much baking

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Stephanie November 20, 2009 at 7:01 am

Thanks sistah! You rock my gluten-free world. Please note that I fully intend on wearing my sparkly blue gown during the gluten-free baking experiments. The fan, however, must be saved for performance only. Sisters….sisters…..


Christa November 20, 2009 at 10:06 am

Very helpful Maggie, thanks!
By the way, I’ve been using the Enjoy life products for my chocolate needs but recently found out Terra Nostra is soy lecithin free, at least their rice milk bars are. Gluten free, organic and Canadian too!
What do you use?


MaggieSavage November 20, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Thanks Christa – I haven’t found a chocolate that I love. I usually use a dark chocolate since most of them are dairy-free. I think I have used Enjoy Life – are those the chipit ones? I’ve used Endangered Species dark chocolate and it’s pretty yummy. But not everyone likes dark chocolate. I want to find out what Sweets From the Earth use – the people who make desserts for Fresh. Let me know if you find anything.


Jenny the Girlie.... November 21, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I will have you know that I own AND rock that blue number….AND….I bake!!! so Pffffffttttt on you! I think you are just jealous because feathers are not gluten free.


MaggieSavage November 21, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Why am I not surprised that you own a number like that? HA. Can you and Kel wear them next time I’m in please? You can borrow my nail polish – it will so match.


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