Kitchen essentials include everything from sugar, salt, baking soda, seasoning, and pancake mixes. All of your basic cooking necessities can be found here. Some of the most important items in your food storage are often overlooked. Having a lot of wheat doesn't get you very far if you don't have any yeast. Some items that can make things easier in an emergency situation are the premixed items, i.e. pancake mix and bread & roll mix, however, both require the use of a leavening agent.