The Pantry Primer: Expanding Beyond “Groceries”
By Daisy Luther
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
*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.
*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.
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
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About the Author
Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, voluntaryism, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. She is widely republished across alternative media and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. Daisy is the best-selling author of 4 books and lives in the mountains of Virginia with her two daughters and an ever-growing menagerie. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.