Today I want to talk about 7 basic food items to stock now! You know, I really have to think about listening to the news. It doesn’t matter which channel, it’s just not uplifting, right? Yes, I want to know what’s going on in our country and the world.
It’s very concerning to me about our food chain. Now, I’m not talking about hoarding food, I’m talking about stocking your pantry with the food you will eat. You’ve heard the slogan, “store what you eat and eat what you store.”
If there was ever a time I have suggested you should stock up, it’s more important now than ever before. We saw what has happened last few years, it was not fun for us based on the level of challenges brought on by bad weather, sickness, unemployment, and more. If we needed toilet paper, paper towels, bottled water, over-the-counter meds, and more, the shelves were empty in many places. That doesn’t count the issues with the empty food shelves, and that’s why I’m suggesting you evaluate your storage inventory and consider stocking up on critical items NOW.
7 Basic Food Items to Stock Now
We have talked about rice before, but I feel strongly you need to stock up even more unless you have what will last you for an extended period. I have about 100 pounds in 5-gallon buckets, plus some small containers like shown below. If I see rice on sale for a good price, I buy it. Mark and I both love white sticky rice.
My favorite rice is Jasmine rice. I don’t store brown rice, it goes rancid too quickly for me.
If you need help with how to cook rice, please check out this post, How to Cook Rice. I tried cooking my rice in an Instapot, but it made a mess. I went back to using my rice cooker. I need a quick clean-up after making rice. This is the one I have, Rice Cooker.
You can make so many meals with rice, and stretch a meal by adding more rice. Rice will fill the belly and that’s the reason we need to stock up. Here are some of my favorite rice recipes, 7 Easy Rice Recipes For Every Day Of The Week and don’t forget Fried Rice.
By now you know you can eat rice and beans and beans and rice and be okay for a few days. We can add other things, but let’s be real here. We need to fill the bellies of our family and possibly some neighbors who have not planned for any disasters.
If you can make Tortillas you can make bean burritos. If you don’t have a tortilla maker, I recommend this one. Tortilla Maker If you have a cast-iron pan, you can make so many things.
I highly recommend this set, Cast Iron Pans. In case you missed this post on how to make tortillas, How To Make Flour Tortillas From Scratch. If you have crackers, or know how to make your own crackers, you can make chicken salad dip with mayonnaise just like Costco serves.
If you can make biscuits, you can make Cream Chip Beef and scoop it over those biscuits. Homemade Biscuits are easy to make. Please practice making items from scratch and teach your kids and grandkids these great skills.
I confess, Mark and I eat peanut butter and jelly/jam sandwiches at least once a week, maybe twice a week. We started buying smaller jars of both peanut butter and jam since there’s just the two of us most of the time. Peanut butter doesn’t stay fresh for very long, so smaller jars work for us.
It’s certainly different than when we had our four girls at home. We bought peanut butter in #10 cans! Things have changed for sure! We’ve been known to have peanut butter and honey sandwiches as well.
Right now, you may have trouble getting hard white wheat, or any wheat for that matter. Unless you have a wheat grinder, I would not stock it. Some people will tell you that you can barter with it, okay, if that works for you.
I’m not going to have 500 pounds of hard white wheat stored just to barter, but that’s me. I would stock white flour because we can always make cookies, cakes, white bread, tortillas, crackers, and biscuits.
Just giving you the heads up about a hand crank grinder, it is not easy to use. I have an awesome one and it’s still hard to hand crank. I use my electric one weekly to make my whole wheat bread.
My hand crank unit is from Montana, I saved for 5 years to buy it. It’s called the GrainMaker, and now they make a smaller one. I have a few electric wheat grinders, but my favorite is the KoMo Classic Wheat Grinder. I will use my solar-powered battery unit to power this one if we lose power for extended periods of time.
We will be so glad if we have learned to garden, but if we have a drought and need fruits and vegetables, we can eat these and use them to make so many meals. Be sure and save the liquid so you have extra “water” when needed.
Take your family to the store when they have case lot sales and stock up on the ones your family will eat. Be sure to get input from each family member when deciding what to buy. If you can fruit and pressure can your vegetables, you are a rock star! It’s all about being prepared with food your family will eat.
When I was raising my family we had spaghetti once a week, tacos once a week, and homemade pizza once a week. So, it’s only natural for me to stock up on spaghetti sauce, enchilada sauce, pizza sauce, and salsa. Lots of salsa, just so you know!
Mark loves tacos with ground beef, spaghetti with meatballs, and pizza with pepperoni. I could easily skip the meat! Just think of all the meals we can fix with spaghetti sauce. Of course, spaghetti, but also lasagne and manicotti! With enchilada sauce, we can make enchiladas super fast!
This is why I store flour tortillas in the freezer. I buy the huge packs from Costco and separate them into 6 tortillas per freezer bag.
Then in the freezer they go, I will thaw a package in the refrigerator when I need them, which is almost every day, just saying!
Here are a few boxes of pasta I store. I also store them in Rubbermaid 8-quart containers. The boxes of pasta shown below will be used for my series, “Soup In a Jar” that I will be starting again very soon.
All other pasta is removed from boxes and placed in 8-quart Rubbermaid Containers with Lids.
These are the 8-Rubbermaid Containers and Lids that I buy. I give these as wedding gifts too!
7 Basic Food Items to Stock Now
My hope is that you have stocked up with those items your family will eat. The price of food is going to continue to rise so, therefore, it will cost us more to feed our families.
So many of us are on a fixed income, whether our budget is $10,000.00 or $1,500.00 a month, we have to live within our means.
And it is hard, really hard. For those who were raised to cook from scratch, we are lucky, or blessed, you could even say. We’ve learned to cook using basic items that are good for you and can easily be used to make all kinds of meals without having to run to the store or fast food outlet to feed our family.
I’m so glad my mother taught me to make bread, biscuits, and crackers. Oh, and pizza! Keep prepping, we must. May God Bless this world, Linda
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