The Pantry Primer: Expanding Beyond “Groceries”

August 22, 2013

This week, I’ve expanded beyond “groceries” – the week to week purchases that are made with meals in mind – and made some bulk purchases that have substantially added to my food supply.  Because the last week’s shopping left some food for this week’s eating, I was able to focus more on storage food and basics than on items for immediate consumption. 65 pounds of fruit purchased from a local orchard have provided a great bounty for canning and some sale meat purchases have filled my freezer.

When I received an unexpected $50 this week, I was delighted to put it right into building my food pantry.  This little windfall allowed me to make some purchases that would not have been in the budget otherwise. I was also able to supplement my grocery budget by attending a garden swap and exchanging some home canned goods for lovely excess produce grown by local vegetable gardeners.

This week’s purchases:

  • 50 pounds of local pears $13
  • 15 pounds of local peaches $8
  • zucchini, jalapenos, tomatoes and cucumbers (barter)
  • 20 pounds of sugar $11.98
  • baking soda $0.54 (2 boxes)
  • Annie’s Organic canned ravioli $1 (5 cans)
  • White vinegar $2.59
  • Soy sauce $1.97
  • Balsamic vinegar $1.99
  • 10 pounds of potatoes $1.99
  • Organic animal crackers $1.99 (2 bags)
  • Bananas $1.99
  • 9 pounds of pinto beans $3.27
  • 4 gallons of spring water $3.56
  • Whole wheat pasta $0.99 (3 bags)
  • Cabbage $1.29
  • 4 pounds of cheddar cheese $8.98
  • Pasta $0.69 (2 bags)
  • 1 lb bags of brown rice $0.69  (3 bags)
  • 2 lb of split peas $0.79 (2 bags)
  • 3 lb bag of frozen organic mixed veggies $3.48
  • 3 lbs of hormone free medium ground beef $7.99
  • Bell pepper $0.99
  • 3 heads of garlic $0.99
  • 6 pounds of bone-in chicken breasts (natural fed) $14.47
  • Baking powder $0.99
  • Assorted spices $7
  • 10 lbs of yellow onions $1.99
  • 1 gallon of organic milk $7.99

This week’s total: $127.57

Shopping notes:

*The ability to barter and attend the garden swap greatly enhanced my shopping this week.  I swapped 4 jars of home canned goodies and $11 and got tomatoes, cucumbers, peaches, jalapenos, squash, and eggplant.

garden exchange

*Because I got a little extra money, I was able to take advantage of canning specials at the local orchard, netting me 75 pounds of fruit for less than $20.

*I did a great deal of canning this week, which netted me numerous meals in jars, loads of jam, and some lovely condiments – I now have 43 jars of food put up.

*I now have plenty of carbohydrate bases that stretch meals: potatoes, rice, couscous, and pasta.


Stockpile Summary

At the end of our second week, we now have just over a 1 month food supply, including (approximately)

  • 20 pounds of meat in the freezer or jars
  • 8 packages of pasta
  • 10 pounds of brown rice
  • 30 pounds of dried beans (some have been canned already)
  • 20 pounds of sugar
  • 11 pints of homemade jam
  • 10 pounds of flour
  • 50 pounds of fruit

GRAND TOTAL:  $263.55



In case you missed them, here are the other articles in this series:

The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months

The Pantry Primer: Grocery Outlet Victory

The Pantry Primer: Meal Planning While You’re Building Your Stockpile

The Pantry Primer: Getting Started

The Pantry Primer: Building Your Pantry on a Budget with Home Canning

Daisy Luther

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Daisy Luther

Please feel free to share any information from this site in part or in full, leaving all links intact, giving credit to the author and including a link to this website and the following bio. Daisy Luther is a single mom who lives in a small village in the mountains of Northern California, where she homeschools her youngest daughter and raises veggies, chickens, and a motley assortment of dogs and cats.   She is a best-selling author who has written several books, including The Organic Canner,  The Pantry Primer: A Prepper's Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget, and The Prepper's Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource.  Daisy is a prolific blogger who has been widely republished throughout alternative media. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy uses her background in alternative journalism to provide a unique perspective on health, self-reliance, personal liberty, and preparedness. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter,.

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