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?
Building a Whole Foods Basics Stockpile
Below is a list of basic things that I think should be in every self-sufficient family’s stockpile.Try and set aside a small amount of money each week (even $5 to $10) to work on your stockpile. (More in this in my article on How to Build a Stockpile for $5 a Week)
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. (Which we personally do not.)
The Very Basics
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder
- Unsweetened Cocoa
- Dried Onion
- Dried Garlic
- Lids and Rims for Canning
- Essential Oils
- Water Storage Containers
- Self Sufficiency Books
- Natural Healing Books
- Citric Acid
Other Good Items to Work On
- Buttermilk Powder
- Milk Powder
- Wheat Berries (or flour)
- Dried Herbs
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)
Important Notes on Stockpiling
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 even just in a small amount. If you don’t eat any sugar at all, make sure honey or maple syrup is a part of your stockpile instead.
- Also, don’t stockpile much flour, it goes rancid too fast. If your family eats a lot of flour-based products, 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 and store it in the freezer. 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.
Here’s how we store our larger amount of pantry goods. I talk more about this method and where I actually get these tips of stockpiled foods from in my post on What to Order from a Bulk Coop.
- Here’s how to organize your home canned goods along with a free printable.
- Here are some tips on how I’ve organized my pantry in the past.
- More tips on pantry organization.
- More thoughts on pantry needs along with another printable.
That’s all for now!
I’m a wife and mom of 3, trying to make the most with what we have! You can read more about our family here.
This blog post about stockpiling basics was originally posted on Little House Living in January 2012 but I’ve updated it as of January 2020.