One of the blessings of having a full pantry is that I never have to run to the store to make dinner. There is always something on hand. I can buy things when they're on sale, and when I go to
make dinner, I can choose by what I feel like making in the time I have. Variety is truly the spice of life; have a good variety of things on your shelf from which to choose.
You can frugally build up a food storage, saving money while building up a storage at the same time.
The other blessing of storing food is that we have food. Despite 8 months of no income in 2007, we have had food to eat because I filled the pantry.
Want to be prepared against rising prices, job layoffs, etc? Build up a good food storage.
Wondering what you might be missing in your food storage if you found yourself unable to go to the store? I guest posted on that subject over at The Simple Pen.
Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk can save you a lot of money. You can buy bags, buckets, or #10 cans full of bulk items, such as wheat, oats, milk, dried fruits and vegetables, beans, barley, rice, etc.
For some items, I buy in bulk at Sam's Club (50lbs of long-grain rice is under $17 ). For other things, like wheat, barley, oats, milk, etc., I have bought from other places. See the Bulk Foods and Grains page for links to bulk sellers.
Buying herbs and spices in bulk really helps to cut the cost of these items.
These are the items I regularly keep on the shelf, and are the items needed to make the recipes on this site, along with those listed in the Fridge and Freezer sections. Anything else comes from my garden.
Hard Red Wheat
Hard White Wheat
Long Grain White Rice
Whole Wheat Flour (home ground)
Cream of Tartar
Yeast (in bulk from Sam's Club)
Powdered whole eggs
Powdered egg whites
Dark corn syrup
Vegetable or canola oil
Canned tuna fish
Hormel Bacon Bits
Canned Fruits and Vegetables
(including Home Canned)
Cream of mushroom soup
Cream of chicken soup
Spaghetti or angel hair noodles
Dried Fruits and Vegetables
Dried potato slices
Pine Nuts (I keep these in the freezer)
Alfalfa (for sprouting)
Great Northern Beans
Lentils (for sprouting)
Mung Beans (for sprouting)
Apple Cider vinegar
Red Wine vinegar
Sauces, Jams, etc.
Fun things to have on hand
Herbs and Spices
I keep a spice cupboard in my kitchen, with extra spices in my pantry.
Garlic (powdered or granulated)
Red Chile Pepper Flakes
Cinnamon and Sugar
Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix (bought in bulk from Sam's Club)
Knorr Powdered Chicken Bullion
Knorr Powdered Tomato Bullion
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Taco Seasoning (bought in bulk from Sam's Club)
Ascorbic Acid (Powdered Vitamin C)
Rings and lids
Pectin(liquid, low sugar and regular)