When I started my food storage stockpile ten or so years ago, I made a list of the top ten food items I used almost every day in the kitchen. I was already making most of our food from scratch so I knew what I would need to stock up on.
I would carry this list to the store when I was getting groceries. If I saw a good deal or could afford a little extra, I would stock up on these things. After a while, I had a decent stockpile going that I could rotate through and keep adding to it. Now I have this list memorized and just naturally keep buying these things.
For anyone looking to start their food storage stockpile or to fill in the holes, I highly recommend making a list of what you use almost every day and every week. This might look different for you and that is good. Your food storage should reflect what you use and what you need!
However, I believe these are the basics that everyone should have in their storage:
1. Flour. I buy all-purpose unbleached white flour, whole wheat flour, sprouted wheat flour, almond flour, and oat flour. These are the flours I regularly use in all my baking and daily cooking. I do not have a wheat grinder yet so I do not buy whole wheat for that reason. I do keep raw almonds on hand for making almond meal/flour which I can do in the food processor.
2. Oats. I buy rolled oats, quick-cooking oats, and steel-cut oats. I use oats for everyday baking, granola, oatmeal, and to grind in the food processor as flour when need. I am still getting the hang of using steel-cut oats, but I think they are heartier addition to my food storage.
3. Salt. I usually buy sea salt, kosher salt, and some Real Salt. I also keep table salt on hand for cleaning, but in a pinch can be used for cooking. Salt is essential because our bodies need some sodium every day and food would be bland without it!
4. Sugar and Honey. I use both. I try to stay away from white sugar, but it has its place. I use a lot of whole cane sugar in various forms, stevia, honey, and maple syrup so that is what I stock up on.
5. Yeast. I haven't figured out how to make bread without yeast yet so I consider this an essential item. However, don't buy those little jars. Buy the one pound packages on yeast. You will get a much better bang for your buck!
6. Peanut Butter. I personally do not like peanut butter, but my kids devour it. I use it in granola bars, energy bites, no-bake cookies, and cookies. The kids eat it on sandwiches, waffles, pancakes, crackers, and apples.
7. Seasonings. Yes, you need them. Meat, vegetables, soups, salads, most baked goods, and whatnot need seasonings. I buy a wide variety, but keep cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic salt on hand at all times. I also keep a variety of dried herbs too.
8. Canned Fruits and Vegetables. I do can a lot of my own, but I have never been able to can enough for the next year. I just don't get enough from my garden. If you can produce enough and can it, great. Otherwise, I keep a healthy amount of commercially canned goods in my food storage. You just never know when that can come in handy.
9. Canned Tomatoes. This could go under #8, but I always gave tomatoes its own category. However, the reasons do not change from #8. I buy a lot of crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, salsa, pasta sauce, pizza sauce, and ketchup.
10. Beans. I have dried and canned beans. Beans are a good source of protein when meat is not readily available or needs to be rationed a bit. They are an excellent filler and addition to casseroles, soups, and stews.
Would your list look like this? What would you add to it or change?
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