Friday, November 30, 2012

Food Storage Shopping List December 2012

December is a busy month for most of us, so my food storage focus includes some inexpensive baking ingredients you can buy in one shopping trip, or a couple each week during your weekly shopping trips. You may already have a 3-month supply of them sitting on your shelf. Except for the mixes, it's inexpensive to stock up on a year's supply of most of these ingredients as well.

My emergency focus is emergency cooking. If the power is out, the roads and stores are closed, and you have to camp out at home, how will you cook? Do you have something to cook on? Do you have propane, charcoal or other fuel for your outdoor cooking needs? How will you make baby food? Ponder these questions, and come up with a plan. You may have several cooking options already at home.

Even though it's winter, now is the best time to practice your emergency cooking skills. Put together a simple recipe book by looking at what's on your shelves. I will share some recipes later this month.

Here is the printable list with food storage and emergency preparation suggestions.

(clink for printable pdf)
oops! I listed salt twice so I updated the list

The chart below breaks down just the food into a 3-month and 12-month supply, and then I included some everyday prices. With current baking sales, you probably can buy items for less. This list gives you a good starting place. I have no idea how much you bake, or if you bake. But if you were unemployed, you will probably need to bake more and eat out less.

Don't get hung up on perfect amounts. If the math for your family of 5 works out to be 20 oz. of baking soda and you only want to store a 16 oz. box, then store that. And you may not have space to store a year's supply of cake mixes. My hope is that you will figure out some amount to store so you become accustomed to keeping extra food on your shelf.

per adult
multiply amounts by family members and adjust
ITEM 3 M 12 M Costco Walmart Shelf Life
Vanilla, real 4 oz.  16 oz.  16 oz. $6.89 ISL
Yeast, instant  4 oz.  16 oz.  2x16 oz. $4.00 1 YSL; 5 YFL
Cooking spray  4 oz.  16 oz.  2x12 oz. $6.89 8 oz. $3.30 16 MSL
Brownie mix  1 box 4 boxes BC $1.50 12-18 MSL
Cake mix  1 box 4 boxes BC $1.35 12-18 MSL
Frosting  1 cntr. 4 cntrs. BC $1.60 1 YSL
Baking mix  1.5 lbs 6 lb. 6 lb. $5.50 1 YSL
Salt  6.5 oz. 26 oz.  26 oz. $.45 ISL
Baking powder  5 oz. 20 oz.  8 oz. $1.25 18 MSL
Baking soda  4 oz. 16 oz.  16 oz.  $.70 2 YSL+
Cornstarch  4 oz. 16 oz.  16 oz. $1.30 ISL
YSL = year shelf life
MSL = month shelf life
YFL = year freezer shelf  life
MFL = month freezer shelf life
ISL = indefinite shelf life

  • Imitation vanilla is much cheaper, but has a 4 year shelf life.
  • Homemade brownies are healthier :-), but mixes are simple to use for emergency outdoor cooking. It's nice to have a few on the shelf
  • Yeast - I keep my opened yeast in a container in the freezer.
Please comment. I would love to hear your thoughts. It's easy to comment if you click on the title of any post and then fill in the comment box.

Best wishes,



  1. thank you so much for all your hard work. I just found you a few weeks ago and I am determined with your help to get our family ready for any disaster. I have a long way to go because I am just starting. It does seem overwhelming and I forget about it. but I am hoping I can get it done. Thanks again.

  2. I have been reading your blog for a month now and want to say thank you. Our family is determined to be prepared for any emergency (financial or environmental) and am happy to see how you have it done it. Keep up the great work!!
    katie z

  3. I have found that mixes make us sick, when ever we use cold cereal, cake mixes, brownie mixes etc.. So I instead make my own mixes, that will be used up in a month, or we just make them quickly from scratch. In an emergency I doubt any of us will be grabbing the betty crocker cake mix. More likely grabbing the camping bucket, the Stove tec rocket stove bucket, the kelly kettle, and out BOBs.
    We lose power here every winter in November, December, January and February. We also flood here. The kids have evac down to 7 minutes!!! That is fantastic for a family with 7 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a farm. We don't worry about the chickens, but the rabbits are caged and loaded up with the pets.
    7 minutes for evac!! I was in shock! That included, BOBs (for 9 people and pets and the rabbits), genealogy, camping gear, toiletries, and food. I didn't give them warning either. I just yelled, we are flooding!! Move it! and they did!
    We didn't actually end up evacuating, but we were ready to.
    BUT your ideas are great! And I love your blog.


Thanks for your comments and suggestions!