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I've been getting some good deals lately and I'm going to try to stockpile. But I've decided to aim for 1 week of everything in the pantry (outside of really good deals). I have to day I feel great when looking a few bits put away in the pantry, it feels like money in the bank or am i being weird about it??

So my first priorities will be:
Spelt flour - white x3
Spelt flour - wholemeal x1
Plane flour x2
Baking powder x1 - done
Sugar x1 - done
Tea x1 - done
Coffee x1 - done
Bread x4
Pasta x1 - done
Rice 1kg x1 - done
Butter Real x2 - done
Cheese cheddar x2
Raisins x2 - done
Sultanas x2 - done
Peas x2
Sweetcorn x1 - done
Bacon
Chicken
Sausages
Tinned Sardines x3 - done
Tinned Tomatos x6 - done
Tinned Kidney beans x6 - done


Fruit and veg will be purchased fresh. But if I can all of the above in the pantry I'll be delighted :) There will be more & i have more, spices, pickles, extracts, and others.

Should I have a pantry/stockpile list? How do you keep track of what you have or aim it get?. Once I get a week done I'll aim for 2, then 3 etc. but I want to start small :D

I'm also thinking that it might be sensible to bend the rules a wee bit eg if my flour is on special offer then buy as much as my pantry budget will allow? What are your tips and trick for this? Any help appreciated on this!!
 

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It is literally money in the bank w/ prices rising and good to fall back on if unemployment strikes.
Careful on the non white flours. Some tend to go rancid rather fast and need to be in the freezer.
Most things freeze.
 

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I put alot of my stockpile in food saver bags, where the air cant get to them, I put noodles in air tight bags. I have found that flour goes rancid, even in sealed bags after 9 mo. I also can so alot of my fruit and veggies , so they are in jars. You can't go wrong, you can save alot of money, by getting it on sale.
 
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Piggy-backing on what fw said, I freeze white and dark flours in my chest freezer. My mom used to freeze potato chips---she served them to us and we never knew till she finally told us. You can freeze cookies, most dessert items, even boxed cake mixes.
Somebody here at the Village freezes eggs but I can't remember how it's done. And of course meats.

Yes, buying things when they're on sale and stocking up does save a lot of money.

Do you have a big freezer?
 

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I freeze eggs, mix them up so they are scrambled and freeze them in a ice cube trays. My tray is 2 cubes = 1 egg. Thaw them out for use. It works great, Stock up when they are on sale.
 

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Stock piling is one of those things where something different works for everyone. You kind of learn over time how much and what to bulk up on through trial and error. But best rule of thumb- if you don't use it somewhat regularly, don't bother with it.

I always feel happy looking at my stockpile, too. Living in these harsh New England winters, when a big storm's headed our way, I can sit tight at home when (it seems) most of the world is rushing off to battle the crowds at the store to stock up. I privately chuckle when friends describe the battle scene of a big store a few hours before a big snow flies. I just don't have to bother with that, because we're always well-prepared to hunker down for a bit!

For me, the two 'biggies' that keep me involved in maintaining a moderate stockpile are a) emergency preparedness and b) keeping my budget reasonable. Winter storms aren't the only type of emergency that can make a trip to the store highly unpleasant or completely infeasible, so I feel far better knowing my family will be all set for a bit if something comes up. Sure, we might get tired of canned soups, pasta, rice and oatmeal, but our bellies will be full!

Love the freezing eggs tip!
 
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ILC I have a large freezer. We used to put away 2 pigs a year & must admit it's looking fairly sad at the moment. I never thought of freezing half the stuff everybody mentioned, flour and eggs, what great ideas :)
Khaski I never thought of getting in things for an emergency per say, that sounds like a great idea. I'll have to think on it though, batteries, water, medicine etc. Will focus on building up a weeks worth first & then move onto that.
Pintree, I have my own chickens but if I have a surplus I normally give them to the dogs (gives their coats a lovely shine) but they will be out of luck now, I'm definitely going to freeze them. Sometimes my wee ladies take a break in the winter & to have eggs frozen is just sensible, Thanks a million.
FW, ta for the the flour tip, we were thinking of seeing if buying in bulk would be sensible for us but I was wondering if it would keep, another item for the freezer :)

Lost to think about, will pull together a plan today :)
 

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You can freeze milk too. We get milk in plastic jugs so we pour out just a little before putting the cap back on and freezing. Thaw in the refrigerator.

It's nice to have it on hand during inclement weather.

I've even thought about freezing dry dog food and cat food, but I need to research that.
 
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