My grandmother taught my mom, as a new wife, how to stockpile. It is a lesson that mom has since passed down to me. In my pantry there are things I like to have on hand and then there are those things that are absolute musts.
There are a few simple things you should keep in mind when you begin to create your to create your own stockpile. Think of them as your stockpiling rules.
Only buy stockpile items on sale, preferably with coupons.
Buy items that can make several different recipes.
Don’t bust your budget to stockpile.
Stock up on items your family enjoys.
Consider the shelf life of items you purchase. Always rotate your stockpile, rotating older items to the front so they can be used.
My Stockpile Must Haves
Pasta Noodles. Pasta noodles can be made part of a number of different recipes. As long as they are stored properly they have an indefinite shelf life. It takes only a small handful of noodles to make enough to feed your entire family. An added bonus is that they are very inexpensive.
Rice. Like pasta, rice is easy to store for longer period of times. It is easy to prepare, and they are fairly inexpensive. It is also a versatile ingredient that can make several different dishes or can be eaten alone.
Spaghetti Sauce. When spaghetti sauce is on sale I make sure to stock up on a few jars. Spaghetti sauce can be the basis for several dishes including: spaghetti, pasta bake, goulash, and baked ziti. You’ll be surprised how a good sauce can transform a ho hum Tuesday night dinner.
Canned Veggies. I stockpile a variety of both store bought and home canned vegetables. Both can keep vegetables on your shelf for a very long time. When a recipe calls for the addition of a vegetable or if I just need a side dish to go with dinner I always have it on hand.
Canned Tuna. Tuna packs a punch when it comes to providing your family with protein. When I think of tuna several easy to make dishes from tuna salad, to tuna noodle casserole. I also like tuna because it is a budget friendly item, and very easily takes on the flavors from the dish you are preparing.
Hamburger. I try to keep at least one pound of hamburger in my freezer at all times. I will rotate it and replace it with a new every couple of months that way I know it is always fresh. Hamburger can be used in so many dishes that the possibilities of dinner recipes in a pinch are almost endless.
Condensed Tomato Soup. I keep this on hand as it is a base for several dishes that my family enjoys. While tomato soup by itself is not my favorite thing, it can also be eaten as a meal by itself if need be.
Condensed Cream Of Mushroom Soup. Like the tomato soup, the condensed cream of mushroom soup is a base for other dishes my family enjoys. It can also be eaten as a meal itself, and like many of the other items I stockpile is inexpensive.
Peanut Butter. With two growing and hungry boys I always keep peanut butter on hand. It’s great when you need to make a quick lunch, it lasts forever and it is satisfying. It also happens to be the star ingredient in our favorite cookie, peanut butter no bake cookies.
Boxed Potatoes. While my family prefers freshly made mashed potatoes, I keep a couple boxes of powdered mashed potatoes on hand for emergencies. I also have frozen hash browns, and boxed augront potatoes.
From these ten items I can create several different meals without having to worry about running to the store on a stormy night.
Do you stockpile pantry items? What are your must have items that you can’t live without?
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