Top Ten Foods for Stocking Up
- Wheat. Once ground, it’s the building block for varieties of bread, tortillas, flat bread, pizza crust and more. I’ve stocked
up on hard red wheat for hearty breads, general purpose hard white wheat, and soft white wheat for pastries.
- Rice. On its’ own, it’s a side dish. Mixed with herbs and a vegetable or two, it’s a simple main dish. It’s a great meal-stretcher when topped with, or served alongside, main dishes such as a stir fry. Note: brown rice contains oils which will become rancid after six months or so.
- Dried milk. Without electricity, fresh milk will go bad in hours. In an emergency situation, fresh will be difficult to come by unless you own a cow or a goat. Dried milk provides not only milk to drink, but milk to use as an ingredient in other dishes.
- Salt. Stock up on table salt at your local Costco. It’s inexpensive and has multiple uses.
- Beans. Buy canned beans and dry beans in different varieties. Versatile, economical and a good source of fiber.
- Tomatoes. Canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, tomato puree, etc. Watch for them on sale and then grab a few dozen cans. They’re the basis for salsas, soups, stews, and sauces.
- Other canned veggies and fruit. These will help provide important nutrients, variety to your recipes, and have a very long shelf life. If you can’t stomach canned veggies, try dehydrating your own or purchasing freeze-dried.
- Peanut butter. High in protein, yummy on warm, freshly made bread! Add some honey and you have a winner!
- Oil. Without oil, you’re pretty much stuck with boiling your meat and veggies.
- Dried pasta. Another meal stretcher and a kid-pleasing dish any day of the week. My own kids have been known to dip bow-tie pasta in ranch dressing.
- Sugar and honey. Okay, that makes eleven, but I’ve known women who were ready to kill when deprived of sugar for too long!
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