While I sit and watch the wind blow, my mind wanders to winter preparations. I had posted about what we need to do to be ready for cold weather here, but I didn't talk about food storage. I would feel much more comfortable with a well stocked pantry. After tracking what we have been eating and how fast we go through certain items I have a pretty good idea of what we still need to stock up on to get us through winter (about 4 months).
Baking/ Pantry ItemsBaking Soda (10 lbs) - we need a lot because we use it for cleaning also
Hard White Wheat Berries (100 lbs)
Milo flour (25 lbs)
Chocolate Chips (3 bags)
Whole vanilla beans - for making vanilla extract
Oatmeal (25 lbs)
Barley flakes (5 lbs)
Dried Garlic granules (1 lb)
Dried minced onion (1 lb)
Pasta (at least 10 lbs)
Brown Sugar (5 lbs)
Meat / DairyWhole Chickens ( 5 )
Tuna (10 cans)
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast ( 25 lbs)
One Large Turkey
Assorted cheeses (20 lbs)
Fruit / Veggiesfreeze dried - celery, mushrooms, carrots, spinach, apple chips
Misc. frozen fruit (10 lbs.)
Misc. frozen veggies ( 40 lbs)
Potatoes (as much as we can get)
As I go through my list I am all the more motivated to make sure that next years garden is even more productive. This year I had enough tomatoes to hopefully get us through the winter with salsa, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and spaghetti sauce. Next year the plan is to raise some meat chickens.
Most of the items in my list I will purchase through Azure Standard. My freeze dried items I get from Thrive and have been very happy. I always hold off buying until what I want is on sale. The frozen fruits and vegetables I buy from Sam's Club simply because it is so much cheaper than anywhere else. I wish I could buy everything organic, but money (or lack of) keeps getting in the way. Again, all the more motivation to have a productive garden.
Notice that I didn't add milk, butter, etc. Maybe this is just really wishful thinking that Pearl and I will get our act together. However, she is letting me milk her a little while she eats, she just doesn't like being restrained at all. We will definitely need to work on that. Once I have trained her to stand nicely until I'm done milking her, I will have to wean the calf. That should be fun.