How To Store Basic Food Storage That Will Save You Money

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Do you like to grocery shop or do you dread it like me? I store basic food storage to extend the time between my food shopping excursions. There are several ways to get you started on how to store basic food storage. Some of these ideas will be for the pantry or the freezer. I watch for sales and stock up big time on certain items. I wish I could afford a greenhouse because I would love to garden all year long. Trust me, I’m working on that and I’ll keep you posted on how I hope to achieve this new chapter in my life. Oh yes, it will be cheap or very inexpensive. Remember, I live in an HOA, so you can’t see it from the street, that’s the plan! The less you go to the grocery store the more money you will save because your pantry and freezer will be stocked.


I recently had a young man dig out some palm trees in my back yard. I was so grateful that he could do the work for Mark and me. I paid him more than the bid he gave me because that poor guy was working his guts out. I asked him if I could fix him a sandwich with my fresh tomatoes and the bacon I had just baked. I asked him if he wanted Mayo or Miracle Whip. Yay, he’s a Miracle Whip fan like me! He asked me why my tomatoes tasted better than his mom’s homegrown tomatoes. He said, “don’t tell her I said that.” I laughed and mentioned I would love to grow tomatoes year round.

He said his family gardens year round and he told me how to do it. I’ll keep you posted. This was a cartwheel moment for me. So let’s get started on how to store basic food storage. All you need is a pantry with shelves and a freezer. Please store a hand crank can opener, you will need one, I promise.

Store Basic Food Storage-Pantry:


I usually buy at least four cases of beans, as in ready to eat right out of the can, once or twice a year. Yes, the dried beans are cheaper in a bag, but I no longer have a large family so I find the 15-ounce cans are more doable for Mark and me. Yes, you can buy them in #10 cans as well. I stopped buying them in #10 cans because it donned on me how much fuel they would use to cook. When I was raising my daughters I bought pinto beans in 50-pound bags. I love beans, can you tell? I love them in soups, mashed on a sandwich or spread on a flour tortilla. Pinto, red, black, navy, kidney or garbanzo beans are my favorites to have on my shelves. Oh, and don’t forget that hot bowl of chili in the winter.

Hard White Wheat

This one is a must have for me because I grind wheat to make my whole wheat bread. Please remember that soft wheat does not have a long shelf-life and is designed for pastries. Linda’s Whole Wheat Bread

White Bread Flour

I know white flour isn’t as good for you as whole wheat, but I specialize in cinnamon rolls, French bread, bread sticks and dinner rolls. I only buy enough white bread flour for 9-12 months or it becomes rancid. If you have fresh ingredients YOU CAN make bread and love it!


I store white sugar, powdered sugar, brown sugar, Stevia and lots of Cox’s Honey located in Shelly, Idaho


I store coconut oil, olive oil, and several different bottles of vinegar. Please remember, olive oil has a shelf-life of about 12 months before going rancid.


I store Jazmine rice because I love the texture and it stores longer than brown rice. Brown rice is healthier, but it doesn’t store long enough for me to consider storing it. If I had a large family I would store enough for six months (shelf-life).  I have other white rice stored in #10 cans with a shelf-life of 30 years unopened and 5 years if opened. The manufacturer of the #10 cans of white rice printed the dates on the back. I disagree with the five years, but after an unforeseen emergency, it would be eaten up fairly quickly. I love rice and quinoa hot or cold with fruits and vegetables. Add a little Balsamic vinegar, yummy!

Canned Diced Tomatoes

Here’s the deal with organic diced tomatoes, I can make spaghetti sauce, add a can to my vegetables whether fresh or frozen. I can make soups and all kinds of chili. This is definitely a staple for me.

Canned Meats

I no longer store tuna for several reasons, plus the fact that it goes mushy rather quickly. I do store cans of chicken so I can make a casserole, white chili, chicken tacos or soups. I store cooked ground beef in cans as well. I learned to pressure can meats at my Master Preserver Canning class at the Southern Utah-USU Extension Service,  but we eat so little meat that it’s cheaper for me to buy a few cans.

Canned Vegetables

I love chestnuts, green beans, diced beets. I prefer fresh vegetables, but sometimes I have to throw a dinner together in ten minutes, these work!

Canned Fruits

These are my favorites, pineapple chunks, fruit cocktail, peaches, pears and Mandarin oranges. I wish I could buy them processed with just water, but as of right now I can buy only the light syrup ones.

Odds and Ends

Cream of chicken soup, pancake syrup, green chilies, salsa, chocolate chips, oatmeal and my favorite spices. I’m sure we all store baking powder, baking soda, and vanilla. Don’t forget peanut butter and jam. It’s a staple at my house!

Store Basic Food Storage-Freezer:


Oh yeah, baby, lots of butter is stocked in my freezer. I use it for baking, cooking and eating. I never run out of butter.


Yes, I store chocolate bars in my freezer, yes they turn a little light color but I eat them anyway. Chocolate chips I store in the pantry.


I store all kinds of nuts in FoodSaver bags because they take up less room than quart jars in the freezer. I have pine nuts, pecans, walnuts, and almonds all stored without the shell. They go rancid very quickly on pantry shelves but will store for a few years in the freezer. They are ready for salads, munching, baking and any recipe that calls for them, I have them ready to use.

Baking Supplies

These are the ones I store in the freezer for my bread making, SAF Yeast, Dough Enhancer, Wheat Gluten, Instant Milk and Instant Buttermilk. I have loved teaching people how to make bread in some kitchen stores over the years, so I have learned the right ingredients to buy. I love getting emails from people who use my bread recipes and love them! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Making bread by Linda


I love frozen small petite peas for salads or a side dish. I started to buy vegetables frozen because they are sometimes cheaper than fresh and I have zero waste. Plus, they are washed, sliced and chopped. I have pressure canned so many vegetables over the years but I had a lot of hands to help me back then. I’m now on vacation with just two of us at home. We downsized to a smaller home and we downsized our pantry as well. I still have my All American pressure canner and Ball water bath canner, I will never get rid of those. This is why I keep up on the correct and safe canning issues available from the USDA.


I make a frozen smoothie every morning with frozen or fresh fruit. I always had a sliced frozen banana into the smoothies with just one cup of water. No ice needed. The big box stores have frozen fruit which is organic, in most cases but has zero flavors so I buy frozen fruits from a local store here in Southern Utah. The frozen fruit comes from Oregon. Yummy!

I hope my list of my store basic food storage helps you realize how easy it is to get started with food storage. If you store basic food storage you can cook from scratch and save lots of money.

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7 thoughts on “How To Store Basic Food Storage That Will Save You Money

  • July 14, 2017 at 5:53 am

    I am with you on that. I HATE shopping. I buy enough so I don’t have to go to the store often. I do can chicken in my pressure canner. It is great to use in a chicken pot pie. I have canned hamburger, but it doesn’t taste as good as fresh, so I probably won’t do that again, unless there is an emergency and I have to get it out of my freezer. I wish I had a greenhouse too, but I do grow sprouts in the winter. Isn’t as good as a full garden, but still fresh.

  • July 14, 2017 at 1:40 pm

     I have canned meats and veggies,(except tomatoes,we eat them too fast LOL).I also can beans. I have white chili with chicken canned. I just leave out the sour cream and add fresh or powdered sour cream when I reheat the chili. I so hate shopping. If I need something, most of the time I send my daughter or daughter in law. I bake my own breads. I make egg noodles. I make apple cider vinegar and have ordered vanilla beans to make my own extract. I recently bought a butter churn but have yet to use it. I have tomato plants and jalapeno plants ,the rest of the garden did not produce . My poor radishes were woody for some reason and the garlic hasn’t come up yet so probably won’t this year. My asparagus went straight to seed. I’m guessing too much rain ?? I really want to get a greenhouse built. I do as much as I can on a limited income. We have never gone hungry because I keep stocked up. My grandfather always told me you don’t have to have steak to be well fed. Don’t try to live like a queen on a pauper’s pay. Make due with what you have and be happy with what the Good Lord has given you.

    • July 14, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      Hi, Judy, you had a very wise grandfather, I love hearing comments like this! I really love to hear that you love making bread. I have so much joy when I make bread, I love to make it and eat it! My friend gave me a bottle of vanilla she made!! I have never done that. I had good luck with my radishes this year. My zucchini didn’t produce as much as I would have liked. I have never planted asparagus, I was thinking about trying that and garlic! You rock girl! Linda

  • July 14, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Good Luck with your green house. I have a smaller garden and a few weeks ago I went out to pick
    Green Beans. I only have 2 rows. I ended up canned 21 pints. I also went to the Mennonites and
    they had tomatoes for $1.00 a pounds and I ended up buying some and canned juice and whole tomatoes.
    My tomatoes haven’t kicked in yet so I thought why not, at least I would have the juice and whole ones
    when I need them. I also have wonderful friends who share with me and I turn around and share fruit with others.
    I have to agree with Judy P. my mom always use to say, you will always eat maybe not what you want to eat but you”ll never go hungry. That is why I love having a garden, homemade pickles, relish, tomato juice,
    whole tomatoes, canned fruit all kind of things.
    I also make sure I watch the ad’s and also get coupons and use them a lot. Helps to have them. I

    • July 14, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      Hi June, there is nothing better than home canned food! I wish we had tomatoes here for $1.00 a pound! I have an abundance this year and I’m very grateful for them. I have a bacon, tomato sandwich every day! Oh, man are those tomatoes good! Hugs, Linda

  • January 29, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    What I love about your posts is that you understand and offer practical information for the smaller household. 

    • January 29, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      Oh, ShirlAnn, thank you for your sweet comment. I really appreciate your words, it keeps me going. Hugs! Linda


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