Stock up your home kitchen with these budget-friendly restaurant-sized buys.

Keeping pantries stocked is a high priority in many households. It guarantees you can make dinner even when time is short, and it cuts down on your weekly expenses and time spent in the store.

There's no better place to shop for pantry stocking than Restaurant Depot. Now open to the public due to coronavirus, this wholesale grocery store used to only be reserved for food professionals, such as restaurant owners or caterers. Now, all you have to do is ask for a guest pass at the front desk, and you're set to start shopping. That means it's the perfect opportunity to take advantage of this access and stock your pantry with budget-friendly bulk buys. We've rounded up some of our favorite finds.

1. Grains

You can buy large bags of grains that will last your family months. Just be sure to look for a variety in packaging that's resealable, or have a large storage container to keep the grains sealed up and safe.

There is rice of all varieties, like white, brown, basmati, parboiled, and flavored blends. Restaurant Depot also carries quinoa (both white and red), oats, buckwheat, barley, and farro. These products will keep for a long time when properly stored, so you can have whole grain meals ready in a flash.

2. Pasta

Pasta is already cheap at your regular grocery store. At Restaurant Depot, it's just a steal. Not only can you buy them in large increments of 10, 12, or 20 pounds, but you'll also save money while doing it.

Stick with beloved classics like spaghetti, rotini, or macaroni noodles. Or branch out into more specialty pasta like gnocchi and cavatelli for fancy dishes on a dime.

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3. Condiments

If you're notorious for slathering your meal in condiments (we see you, ketchup people), then Restaurant Depot may be the store for you. Buy standard choices like ketchup, barbeque sauce, mayonnaise, ranch, or mustard in either multi-packs or large bulk containers.

There are also more international options like sriracha, curry paste, Scotch bonnet hot pepper sauce, soy sauce, and fish sauce. If you buy the condiments in bulk sizes, just be sure to double check how long the product lasts once opened and ensure you have room in your fridge to store it.

4. Baking Supplies

If baking is your newest hobby, then you'll love spending time in Restaurant Depot's baking supplies aisle. There are bulk bags of a variety of flours, including all-purpose, bread, gluten-free, self-rising, pastry, and whole-wheat.

As with the grains, you'll want to either purchase a resealable bag or have an air-tight container to keep the flour fresh after opening. Only buy leaveners, like baking soda or powder, in bulk if you know you'll use them within a few months of opening; otherwise they'll lose their potency and become useless.

Restaurant Depot offers different types of sugar, too — white, powdered, brown, and more — along with other fun baking mix-ins like chocolate chips, high-quality cocoa powder, and sprinkles.

5. Beans

Beans are already budget-friendly, but you'll have a hard time finding them cheaper than at Restaurant Depot. They offer a few dried varieties — like black beans, chickpeas, and pinto beans — but most other options, such as kidney beans or butter beans, are sold in 10-pound cans. While 10 pounds of beans is a large amount for any household to eat their way through, the good part is that beans freeze extremely well. Because of this, you can buy large cans of beans, open one when you need a few servings, then freeze out portions of the rest for a later date.

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