- Canned beans. All kinds such as pinto beans, black beans, chickpeas, white beans, etc. I like canned beans because they are ready to eat immediately and if water or fuel is limited it would be a problem to cook dried beans (although having bags of dried beans on hand is also a good idea).
- Canned tomatoes. I use these for all kinds of things including making spaghetti sauce, as a base for soup, to make salsa, etc.
- Canned spaghetti sauce. Again, this has multiple uses including making spaghetti, making pizza, making lasagna, as well as a range of Italian foods. Plus this is a quick way to make a big dinner to feed a crowd in a hurry.
- Old fashioned oats. I buy the big boxes of old fashioned oats at Costco and go through this stuff pretty quick. In addition to regular oatmeal for breakfast, I use oats to make granola, oat flour, oatmeal cookies/granola bars, etc.
- Rice. We used to buy 50 pound bags of white rice but with the new healthy diet, I lean more towards brown and wild rice now. Whichever kind of rice you choose, you can easily stockpile pounds of the stuff and use it for making all sorts of meals.
- Spices. I like the basic spices instead of the spice mixtures (which usually feature salt and more salt). Salt, pepper, garlic powder, dill, paprika, oregano, chili powder, curry powder, etc. All of these will give an extra zing to whatever food you are cooking.
- Canned soup and chili. These tend to sit in the stockpile until I donate them to the food bank but in a crisis (illness, disaster where you are living out of your tent, etc), it's a good idea to have these already prepared, quick energy foods on hand.
- Peanut butter. Instant protein, easy to eat (no cooking involved), and goes well on all sorts of things, having jars of peanut butter on hand is a very simple prep.
- Jars of honey. I tend to use raw honey a lot more often than sugar. It has a very long shelf life, doesn't need to be refrigerated, and is good to use for all kinds of purposes (it is healing for a sore throat, can be used in place of sugar in many recipes, etc).
- Baking items: flour, yeast, baking soda, baking powder...you can make all kinds of baked good such as bread, pizza dough, biscuits, etc. with a handful of simple baking ingredients.
Other items to have on hand: canned fish, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned/dried milk, nuts and seeds, vinegar, and oil/shortening.
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