Stocking Your Homestead Kitchen

If you’re like us, running to the store is probably not convenient (especially when we’re snowed in). Making sure our food supply stays stocked is important. Once a month, I take inventory of my fridge, freezer, and pantry (and bulk storage) and then I make a trip to the grocery store and either the bulk foods store or place my order with Azure Standard. I make a lot of baking mixes and spice mixes to be used in cooking as well as dressings and dips. Canning and making many of my own things helps us to save money. Here’s a list of items I keep on hand, as well as baking and spice mixes.


Canned items: pickles, tomatoes, tomato sauce, pickled peppers, salsa, tomato paste
Black Beans (canned and dried)
Garbanzo Beans (canned)
Kidney Beans (canned)
Black Eyed Peas (dried)
Pinto Beans (dried)
Refried Beans (canned)
Diced chilis (toss in soups, casseroles, enchiladas, etc.)
Enchilada sauce (you can also make your own)
Tostada and Taco Shells
Tortilla Chips
Pancake Syrup
Jams (what I make and can myself)
Peanut Butter
Curry Paste
Soy Sauce
Sriracha Sauce
Pickled Ginger
Coconut Milk
Other items: water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, rice noodles, etc.
Panko breadcrumbs (you can also make your own from stale bread, but I love these)
Millet (I love putting it in breads and suet cakes for the chickens)
Oats (for making oatmeal, granola, granola bars)
Masa Flour
Baking Ingredients: bulk flour (all-purpose, whole wheat), sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, chocolate chips, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, vanilla extract and other flavored extracts, etc.
Evaporated and Sweetened Condensed Milks

Seasonings, herbs, and spices for cooking/baking: sea salt, table salt, seasoned salt, black pepper, oregano, parsley, basil, thyme, paprika, turmeric, Tabasco sauce, etc.

Oils and Vinegars: olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, vegetable oil, apple cider vinegar, distilled vinegar, white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar, rice vinegar

Ketchup, Mustard, and barbecue sauce (this is one of my favorites)
Stocks and broths: chicken, vegetable, beef
Potatoes, onions, and garlic (be sure to store them in a basket so that air can circulate)

Cream Cheese
Veggies and Fruit
Wheat Germ (I put it in my granola)
Salad Dressings (homemade and store bought)
Lard (that I rendered)


Meats: pork, venison, beef, chicken, bacon, sausage, ham hocks (great for soups and pots of beans)
Frozen Vegetables: peas, corn, broccoli, stir fry mix, greens (from the garden)
Pie Crusts
Yeast (for baking)
Frozen Fruits
Pasta Sauce (homemade and then frozen)
Other items: shredded zucchini, pureed pumpkin (harvested from the garden and used throughout the year in breads), frozen distillers mash (which I thaw, cook, dry and use to make dog treats and bread; it’s also great to feed chickens), and, at the moment, lots of bananas (of course, used for banana bread)

Happy Stocking!


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