It is always a good idea when you are stockpiling food or choosing to live a simpler life to have a well stocked pantry.
Flours and grains – whole wheat, white bread and cake flour, oats, oat bran, rice (brown and basmati), Pearled Barley, Popcorn. High nutritional grains: amaranth, quinoa, spelt. Why? A couple of reasons:
~You do not have to travel to the shop more often
~You save money by buying in season and in bulk on sales or with coupons
~You are able to cook from scratch as you have all the needed items on hand
Remember: your vegetable garden is part of your pantry!
Baking ingredients – sweeteners (brown, white and castor sugar, molasses, xylitol or stevia & honey) bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, powdered milk, cornstarch, cocoa powders, chocolate chips, yeast, vanilla, salt, coconut, shaved almonds, custard powder.
Cans and jars – tomatoes, tomato paste, beans, lentils, chickpeas, tomato sauce, soya sauce, olive oil, vinegar, jam, mayonnaise, chutney, honey, coconut milk, soups (mushroom, chicken, tomato) pie fillings (apple, cherry, berry).
Sugars – Brown, white and castor sugar, xylitol or stevia. Maple and golden syrup.
Dairy – milk powder, condensed milk, evaporated milk, longlife milk, long life cream. In your freezer store whole milk and cheese. Fridge: fresh cream, feta cheese and hard cheeses.
Oils – olive oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, avocado oil and rice bran oil.
Fruits & Vegetables – Home canned or bought vegetables (corn, tomatoes, peas, beans), fresh vegetables in your vegetable garden. Fruits and berries bought in season and canned. Dry fruits like raisins and cranberries are great too.
Pasta – we make our own but also have a stock on hand of noodles (alphabet, risotto, couscous and macaroni). If you don’t make your own add taglietelle, lasagne and spaghetti.
Nuts and Seeds – almonds, cashews, walnuts and pecan nuts. Sunflower, linseed, poppy seed and pinenuts.
Sauces – tomato, chutney, mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, sweet chillie sauce, soya sauce.
Treats – favourite biscuits, picnic foods, chocolates, potato chips, hot chocolate, instant puddings, custard.
Convenience foods – tortillas, nachos, mixes (if you use them) and Mac ‘n Cheese (if you eat it), breakfast cereals.
A stocked freezer is also a bonus when stockpiling food:
Meats – beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, fish.
Dairy – frozen milk and cheese and butter
Waffles – make up a large batch and freeze
Scones – make a batch of scones or muffins and freeze for quick breakfasts.