I get asked often how you go about creating and building a first time stockpile. Obviously most of us can't afford to do it all at once and even if you could would you know where to start? Here's a list of basic things that I think should be in every self-sufficient families stockpile.Try and set aside a small amount of money each week (even $5 to $10) to work on your stockpile. How much you stock up on depends on the size of your family and how much you feel like you need to stock. I wouldn't recommend buying more than you can use in a year unless you plan on further preserving these goods in some kind of mylar bag storage.
The Very Basics
Lids and Rims for Canning
Water Storage Containers
Self Sufficiency Books
Natural Healing Books
Other Good Items to Work On
Like I stated above, these are the very basics to first work on stockpiling. I'm not much for stockpiling because I think it's more important to be more prepared and to be self sufficient. (Know how to garden, save seeds, canning and preserving, ect)
A few notes on what I listed above....even if you don't eat sugar in a crystal form you can use it for canning so it's a good item to have on hand. Also, don't stockpile flour, it goes rancid too fast, focus on getting wheat berries and purchasing a good grinder instead. Make sure you get the yeast in the vacuum sealed packages, not the little packets. It will last much longer. Don't feel like you have to get every essential oil in the book, get a few of the good basics instead. I also listed citric acid because of it's uses in canning and making fresh cheeses.
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