Where to Buy Pantry Staples Instead of the Grocery Store

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May 19, 2020
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Grocery shopping is looking a little bit different these days. As we continue to stock up on pantry staples, those tried and true products like beans, rice and baking essentials can sometimes be hard to find. Instead of leaving your cabinets bare, this is a good time to look into alternative grocery providers and build up a roster of retailers you can turn to when your local shop doesn’t have what you’re looking for. We’ve rounded the best online retailers for top pantry staples to simplify your search.

Baking

For a delightful array of baking mixes, look no further than Stonewall Kitchen. This trusty gourmet foods supplier has an exceptional roster of baking mixes for everything from breakfast to dessert. They’re shelf stable and a perfect product to have on hand for a rainy day. With everything from pancake mix to Chocolate Whoopie Pie Mix, they make gourmet baking as easy as can be.

For everything you need to become an expert home baker in a one-stop-shop, check out the Bob’s Red Mill online store. From flours and meals to nutritional boosters and baking aids, don’t start a baking project without stocking your pantry full of essentials first.

BakersAuthority.com caters to both commercial and at home bakeries and is a hub for all things baking. It’s a great resource for staples like yeast, sugars, vanilla extract and chocolate mix-ins. Even better? They’ve got decorating tools and fun paper and packaging to make your at-home baked goods look totally professional.

For baking essentials like gluten-free flour or flavored fillings and pastes, try Nuts.com. They’ve got a vast variety of flours that satisfy every dietary restriction and is a go-to source for alternative baking ingredients.

Oils and Vinegar

Flavorful and high-quality oil and vinegar can be particularly hard to find in some grocery stores. If you’re looking for an organic, premium olive oil from a family run farm, turn to California’s very own Enzo Olive Oil. Harvested in the San Joaquin valley and shipped nationally, Enzo boasts everything from premium-flavored oils like Enzo Organic Clementine Crush and Eureka Lemon Crush to apple and fig balsamic vinegars.

Buon Italia is a haven for Italian-food-loving patrons, and their online store is an exceptional resource for gourmet pantry essentials. With everything from Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Summer Truffle Slices to Rosemary Balsamic Glaze, these oils and vinegars will keep you stocked with an exciting variety of necessities.

For even more oils and vinegars shipped directly to your door, try Di Bruno Bros. They’re a family-owned business located in Philadelphia, and have been slinging gourmet food items since 1939. Try their Omed Yuzu Olive Oil or St. Lucifer Habanero Balsamic Vinegar.

Grains

4 Sisters Organic Rice is a woman-owned, family-run brand of rice that brings organic, sustainable, farm-to-table rice products grown in the USA straight to your door. They produce organic brown and organic white rice varieties with no chemicals or fertilizers utilized in the farming process. They truly are the perfect alternative for the health-oriented, environmentally conscious rice fan. The best part? You can stock up in bulk through their website, and they’ll ship anywhere in the continental U.S.

Don’t let the name fool you; Nuts.com is actually a fantastic source for grains like rice, quinoa and farro. Looking for something a bit more unusual for your next gluten-free baking project? Or just trying to add some variety to your grain game? Nuts.com has an exciting variety of grains that are tough to find in most grocery stores. Try their freekeh, millet or spelt. They can be purchased in bulk and ship nationwide.

Although most widely known for baking products, Bob’s Red Mill is also an ample source for rice and grains. They ship nationally and their products accommodate a wide variety of dietary restrictions, which make them a solid provider to keep on hand.

Pasta

Pasta is the ultimate pantry staple and the perfect comfort food. When it comes to buying pasta online, you can’t beat Eataly. This giant Italian foods retailer sells tons of different pasta shapes made with whole wheat or semolina flour. They’ve even got you covered with the sauces to match. Shop online for delivery across the continental U.S.

Buon Italia, an imported foods store, is another go-to spot for all of your favorite Italian goodies, but is particularly notable for their selection of dried pastas and Italian grains. With everything from risotto to rigatoni, stock your pantry with some traditional pastas and transport yourself to a dreamy ristorante in Roma. They ship nationally and, for those who are New York City-based, they even offer same day delivery.

Spices

Thanks to Burlap and Barrel, you can get single origin spices sourced directly from small farms around the world sent directly to your door. Typically harvested by hand, they’re dried naturally, grown organically whenever possible and transported directly to preserve freshness. These spices are so fresh and flavorful, they will surely put that old jar of dried thyme in the very back of your pantry to shame. For an aromatic spin on an old classic, we recommend their Purple Stripe Garlic on your next homemade pizza.

For even more spices, blends and dry rubs, try SpiceWalla. SpiceWalla’s online shop is a jackpot for superb spices, herbs and salts. These spices are chef-driven, small batch, affordable and packed and processed by hand. Their Buxton Hall Barbecue Chicken Rub will make you feel like you’re chowing down on a flavorful, smoky dinner at your favorite BBQ spot.

Condiments

For delightful sauces and spreads, look no further than Enzo’s Table. The brand known nationally for their superior olive oil also serves up sweet and savory spreads that can be enjoyed over pasta, on a sandwich or as a cheese board accompaniment. Try their Fresno Chili Jam, Sweet Pepper Pesto or their estate grown almond butter.

For jams, jellies, marmalades, relishes and everything in between, look to Stonewall Kitchen. This legendary institution has been around for decades and is a shining example of shippable specialty foods. Try their Lemon Herb Aioli or Cranberry Horseradish Sauce on your next panini, or spread some Truffle Ketchup on your next burger. All condiments are shipped nationally.

If you’re looking to satisfy a spicy craving, check out Heatonist. Aptly described as “purveyors of fine hot sauces,” Heatonist boasts an impressive list of mild to not-so-mild hot sauces in flavors you’ve probably never even heard of. Looking to stay stocked while in quarantine? Try one of their hot sauce subscriptions or gift sets.

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Take a peek at Mouth.com’s selection of gourmet condiments. From bacon jam to Black Truffle Mustard this virtual gourmet foods shop has an impressive variety of sauces that are sure to take your sandwiches to the next level.

Nuts and Seeds

You guessed it: Nuts.com is the comprehensive marketplace for all things nuts and seeds. Sold both in bulk and by-the-pound, Nuts.com has an impressive variety of not only types of nuts but also styles of nuts (like roasted, raw, gluten free, Kosher and more). Heck, they’ve even got chocolate covered nuts when you need an extra sugar boost.

If your local store is running low, look to Mouth.com for their selection of small-batch nuts, dried fruits and roasted seeds. This online retailer serves up a wide variety of sweet, spicy, salty and smoky pantry snacks like Everything Bagel Nut Mix and Maple Pumpkin Seeds.

Bread Products

Have you ever woken up longing for fresh baked bread, croissants or bagels? Yeah, us too. Thankfully, BreadBasketNYC is here to deliver fresh, artisanal baked goods directly to your home. The baskets are expertly curated each week with goods from bakeries like Orwasher’s, Amy’s Bread, Pain d’Avignon, safely packaged and thoughtfully delivered to your door. You can order weekly, subscribe for multiple weeks or a gift a basket to a friend. The best part? They’re now serving 48 states with overnight delivery.

Wherever you are in the country, you can still enjoy the legendary goods from a New York institution: Zabars. Their fresh bagels and artisanal breads ship nationwide, and make for the perfect gift basket for your loved ones.

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