This 52-week pantry stock up information will be coming to your inbox if you have signed up for my weekly emails, but I also wanted to get a post up with all the weeks in one place, with a little more info to each week. You will have all 52 weeks, in one location here. I will update this week each list as it is posted on my emails! So…let’s go!
Week 1– Salt and Honey. This week I am buying 3 boxes kosher salt. Which is about what I go through in a 3-4 month period. If you prefer a different salt, buy that. Salt is easy to store, and I leave it in the containers I buy it in. Next is honey. I used to have a local source for honey, but I haven’t found a good one here in Idaho yet. So, Costco is my supplier, and this is what I have been buying. I only buy 2-3 quarts of honey at a time. Again, this is stored in the container I buy it in!
Week 2– Granulated Sugar and Yeast. I go through about 10 pounds of sugar in 3 months. So, I bought 10 pounds of granulated sugar. If you go through more or less of this, buy accordingly. I like to store this much sugar in an airtight container. Bugs love sugar. Next up is yeast. I buy the 2-pack bricks from Sam’s club or Costco. I use active dry yeast and instant in my baking, so I buy both. I always, always store my yeast in the freezer. I know you can store it in the fridge, but I prefer the freezer for freshness.
Week 3– All-purpose flour and salsa. I like to buy 10- 20 pounds of flour at a time. I got through it pretty quickly, but like to store it in an airtight container. I love 5-gallon buckets for this and love these gamma lids. They are so simple to get into! I would love to say I make all my own salsa, but I don’t. I buy a lot of salsa because we love it and go through a lot. So, buy your favorite brand and at least 2-5 jars- again, depending on how much you use.
Week 4– Bread flour or other flours you use. I buy 10 pounds of bread flour at a time, if you don’t use much bread flour, buy less, or even skip this one. If there are other flours you use, buy them here. This is also the week I stock up on cornmeal. I buy 3 pounds and store in the freezer. Bugs really like flour, but they love cornmeal!
Week 5– Baking powder and baking soda. These are great to keep in stock and hold for at least 6 months. I buy 2 small containers of baking powder and about 10 of the small baking soda. Or 3 large baking soda. Why so much baking soda? I use it as a deodorizer for the wash. With 2 teenagers in the house, you can bet we have some really stinky laundry!!
Week 6– This month is Cornstarch and 2 spices. I generally buy 2 containers of cornstarch, as I don’t go through it very much. Then, I bought 2 spices I used frequently. You choose your 2 favorites. We will have several weeks where we buy 1 or 2 spices, so don’t worry, we will get stocked on them as well. Just make sure whatever spices you choose, they are ones you will go through within 3-4 months. Spices will go bad and lose much of their flavor if they are left for too long.
Week 7– Canned tomato products. I use a ton of different tomato products, and especially during the soup season. My stock is looking like this- 12 cans of crushed tomatoes, 4 cans tomato paste, 6 cans Rotel, and 2 cans of tomato sauce.
Week 8– Brown Sugar and Powdered Sugar. This time of year I am a baking fool, so I stock on both of these! I buy 6 bags of powdered sugar and 4 bags of brown sugar. I go through these within 3 months, so I store them in the bags they came in.