Trying to keep my pantry stocked can be tricky. I hate going into the pantry to get a can of tomato sauce or tuna or peanut butter and finding I don't have any. So, I have devised an inventory system that works for me and maybe it will work for you as well. I touched on my method on a recent Friday Faves, and you can read about that here. People have asked me to expound a bit, so here goes!
Powdered Sugar Brown Sugar Canned Vegetables Canned Fruits Jams
Diced Green Chilies Canned Chili Ready to Eat Soups Condensed Soups
Flour Corn Meal Vegetable Oil Ketchup Mustard Mayonnaise
Canned Meats Pancake Syrup Corn Syrup Canned Milk
Next, decide how many of each item you will use in the amount of time that you are doing your inventory for. I figured mine for roughly a year, but some of the items have more or less that that depending on my budget and their shelf life compared to how quickly we will use them. The inventory is always in flux.
I guess that you could keep a way of tracking your inventory on your phone or something, but to me this is much easier than getting onto my phone to do it all of the time and when I want to go shopping or make a recipe I can see what I have and what I need very quickly.
So, this is my method of keeping track of my pantry inventory. I hope it helps you. Let us know ways that you like to use!