12 Essential Pantry Ingredients Slideshow

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1. Sugar

Unless you bake often, sometimes it's easy to forget to stock up on this pantry staple. Besides its obvious uses in cakes, pies, jams, cookies, and ice cream, sugar is also an important component in non-dessert recipes. It finds its way into marinades, sauces, and stir-fries, and is a central component in Southeast Asian, Indian, and Latin American cuisines.

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