Guest Post: Tips For A Well Stocked Pantry

Today I have a guest post from my friend Jessica. Jessica and I started our blogs at about the same time. I instantly loved her site, and have been reading it ever since. She amazes me with all she does in caring for six kids, homeschooling, freezer cooking, blogging, and more. When we were able to meet in person a few months ago, we realized that we have so much in common, including a love of food and cooking. When Jessica realized that I have had a very busy couple of weeks, she offered to guest post for me. Thank you Jessica!

My mom always called me her gourmet” since I was willing to try new foods and I loved to eat. When I went to college, my love of good food exploded as I discovered all sorts of new ingredients like Parmesan cheese that didn’t come from a green can and garlic that wasn’t in powder form. Who knew the world was full of such great things? I was ready to explore!

What I also learned at that time was that to explore the culinary world the way I wanted and to have a well-stocked pantry, I was going to need a well-stocked wallet. For years I dreamt of having an unlimited grocery budget.

Hmm…. yeah. Well, that hasn’t happened. I’ve got six children to feed and one income to do it on.

But I have learned how to keep on hand a wide range of ingredients, even specialty items, at lower than average costs.

Here’s how you, too, can create a well-stocked pantry without the well-stocked wallet:

  1. Keep track of prices. Whether it’s spices or a bag of flour, keep track of prices so that you’ll know a good deal when you see one. When you find something at a rock bottom price, buy as many of that item as the budget will allow and that you’ll use within a reasonable amount of time.
  2. Find the best sources of the products you use most often or which are regularly the most expensive. In my area, spices are a great deal at Costco or the health food store, while I get my best prices on meats at the standard grocery store. Consider alternate sources such as Amazon and online stores which also offer good prices and sales from time to time.
  3. Stock up wisely. If it’s a product you know you will use, buy a lot of it. Just be sure to check expiration dates. Don’t buy something that will go stale before you’ve had a chance to use it up. If you see a good deal on something you may or may not like, avoid buying a truckload until you’ve had a chance to test it. It’s not a deal if you won’t use it.

While stocking a pantry on a limited budget is a challenge, it is definitely doable, even without an unlimited grocery budget.

– Jessica Fisher, also known as FishMama, is a happy wife and the mother of six young children. She regularly shares parenting tips and tricks at Life as MOM and delicious ways to act your wage at Good Cheap Eats.

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Comments

  1. If you buy spices in large packages, sometimes it can take years to use and they’re no longer fresh. I’ve started buying just what I need at health food stores where you can pay per ounce.
    .-= FoodontheTable´s last blog ..Meal Planning: How it can decrease your average cost of food per month =-.

  2. I like the idea of tracking prices on the pantry and other grocery items that you buy. I don’t currently do this, but think it would be worth the effort to be able to recognize a good price when you see one. Thanks for the tip!

  3. It’s doable–and a great blessing when your income stops or is cut drastically. Having a well-stocked pantry helps us go months without shopping when our income stops.

  4. Great post. I buy a lot of my spices, flours, rice, beans, etc…in bulk, and always try to find the best deals.

  5. Great post. I have been typing my Mom’s collection of recipes on my blog for family and friends. I have told them that most of the recipes can be made from the pantry but didn’t tell them how to start one. This post will help them out a lot. I linked to it for them hope you don’t mind. If there is a problem let me know and I will remedy it. Here is the link if you would like to check it out…
    http://grandmomsrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/07/chow-chow-relish.html

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  2. [...] Tips for a Well Stocked Pantry – Since I talked about stockpiling last week, I thought you might be interested to read a bit more about the subject over at Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures.  Interestingly enough, this is actually a guest post by Jessica, the writer of Life as Mom, who is also bringing us the series on being Joyful mentioned above (her blog is definitely worth checking out). [...]

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