Over the last few months I have shared our families eating journey, like the one that we finished with Keeper of the Home where we attempted to make most or our meals from our pantry as well as how we eat mainly whole foods and keep the cost down. So I tought over the two or three weeks I would share some of what we try to stock in our pantry and freezer that makes it possible.
The reality is, we as a society are so used to traveling to the local supermarket and knowing that what we wish, whether it be in season or not will be there. We may have to pay a premium to get those grapes shipped in from half-way across the globe but they will be there.
Haev you ever sat back and thought what would happen if you were to go to the store and the shelves be empty? I am by no means a dooms dayer but that has happened to me before. If you leave in an area that has been through a natural disaster, you know exactly what I am talking about. The night my son was born in 2008, a tornado hit our town in Arkansas. Not just our town, but many towns that evening & night. We were without power almost two weeks and many were for weeks beyond that. Even those some supplies were brought in, there were days before that happened. The store shelves were bare.
Or what if you simple did not have the money to go to the store that week or weeks or month? There are many people in that situation and although I have been close, again we could always eat for a good while off what I have on hand. It may not be what we would desire, but none the less we would eat.
I like the peace of mind, knowing that my family can eat and the truth is, so many items are down-right less expensive if you purchase them in bulk! I collect as many 1/2 gallon and 1 gallon glass jars from my local friends and thrift shops to store items in my cupboard. I have only paid retail to purchase two glass containers that were purchased from Azure Standard.
Grains & Legumes
I purchase almost all my beans in bulk from Azure Standard. You can order in 5lb bags or 25lb bags depending on the quantity you wish to purchase. For my grains, I also purchase them in bulk from Azure Standard and usually purchase the Wheat Berry itself and grind our flour (I can’t wait to be able to purchase an automatic grain mill for this). With Austin’s help we manually grind our flour with a Back to Basics grain mill.
- Red Beans
- Great Northern Beans
- Black Beans
- Pinto Beans
- Garbonzo Beans (for humus)
For my grains, I also purchase them in bulk from Azure Standard and usually purchase the Wheat Berry itself and grind our flour (I can’t wait to be able to purchase an automatic grain mill for this). With Austin’s help we manually grind our flour with a Back to Basics grain mill. The Whole Wheat Pasta I order in bulk from Tropical Traditions in 10lb bags. I purchase local Arkansas Organic Basmati Brown Rice direct from the farmer for an excellent price.
- Whole Wheat Pasta
- Hard White Wheat Berry
- Organic Popcorn
- Rolled Oats
- Long Grain Basmati Brown Rice
Spices & Herbs
Some of these I purchase in bulk as it is usually much less expensive! Others that we do not use on a more frequent basis I purchase jars. Depending on what is being ordered, I usually order onions and garlic in bulk and have found the best prices are actually from Mountain Rose Herb. I have also ordered them from Azure Standard and Frontier Co-Op as well (I order with a local Co-op so we receive wholesale prices). My last set of jars I purchased were from Tropical Traditions. They actually have very good prices on their Simply Organic glass jars and I hit a sale.
To be honest, if I had to make due and could only have a few basics I would say salt, onion and garlic are what I would choose to stock up on. I can make almost anything taste good with the combination of the three.
- Ionized Sea Salt
- Garlic Powder
- Minced Garlic
- Minced Onion
- Onion Powder
- Black Pepper
- Chili Powder
- Lemon Pepper
- Italian Seasoning Blend
So that is a start to what I have on hand. Do you try to stock other grain, legumes, and spices that I may have left out?