Pantry 2009: Stockpile Misconceptions

A lot of people scoff at the notion of stockpiling food.  That’s fine.  There are many misconceptions and prejudices attached to the word “stockpile”.  I happen to love the word stockpile.   When I hear the word “stockpile”, I think of a nice stock of valuable items. 


There are many reasons why a homemaker should stockpile food.  I will mention a few reasons why I am building my own family store.  You may have entirely different reasons. 

A pantry or a family store use to be common practice.  It was just a wise thing to do.  Many grandmother’s had more of a pantry than the modern homemaker of today.  Grandmother knew the value of investing in food.  I remember being a little girl looking the cabinets and pantry at my grandmother’s house.  They were always full.

As my family has grown, having a family store has just become a necessary part of life.  I remember the days of running to the store for this and that.  I was always running out of stuff.  I still run out of things, however, it isn’t near as frequent or frustrating now that I know what I should be doing.  I lived completely dependent on that grocery store being opened when ever I needed something. 

Move a bit farther out in the country, life changes a bit.  No more running up the street a block to the store.  Add the food bill for a family of 10… and buying on impulse is devastating to the budget. 

I stockpile for many reasons: 

  • It’s cheaper to buy food on sale than waiting until I “need” it. 
  • It’s cheaper keeping a family store than running up to the grocery store every other day.   
  • It helps us avoid eating out.
  • It reduces our extreme dependency.
  • It is security and peace of mind knowing there is at least some food in the house. 

I am far from being an expert pantry builder.  I have so many things I am working on in this regard.  This year, however, I am making myself learn the ins and outs of building a well-rounded, functioning pantry. 


  • jtesh says:

    I also feel that with the economy in the state that it is, having a stockpile of food and supplies is a wise choice. The LDS church recommends having a 3-month supply on hand. I’m not LDS, but I think they are spot on in this case. Since December I have been slowly building my stockpile using coupons and sales. The most important thing I learned was to stockpile only what you really use. Duh, you’d think that would be obvious. Apparently not for some people (me). Having a store of supplies is such a weight off my shoulders. No more running to the store for one item and spending $50 on stuff. My next step is planting my first full-fledged garden. I’m a bit nervous about this, so I am very interested to know what you are doing with yours. We live in town on a small lot, so I’ll be digging up part of our front yard and planting vegetables. Please post more about your garden and greenhouse, I need inspiration!

  • BethTN says:

    Will do— our first year of marriage..we had a very nice garden and we lived in town— amazing what you can do with flower beds 😉

  • Chaliegmom says:

    Wow… that was the inspiration I needed. I’m always wanting a stockpile in my pantry but never made the time. I have money saved up for emergencies,but After reading your post, I though this is crazy! What if the prices go through the roof, or the banking collapses… the money was just a tool for getting emergency food later… but you can’t eat it. So off tto the store I went… 3 buggy fulls of deals later, my cupboards are stocked, my pantry crowded, my freezer full, and it feels wonderful! I’m also starting seeds this year to get my hands back into gardening again(i don’t have much of a yard) Thanks so much for your posts! And with the stockpiling…do you have any suggestions for freezing things like milk and eggs or such? I too am eager to hear about your greenhouses!

  • BethTN says:

    good for you…exactly — you can’t eat money– Food can be a type of investing for sure!
    Freezing milk– well, our milk doesn’t freeze well. You can freeze jugs of milk from the store. You will need to pour some out(or use a bit of it) first though, because when it freezes it expands and can break the jug.
    Freezing eggs…sure! I have cracked them and whipped them up for quiche or a casserole before…frozen in plastic bags laid flat in the freezer— it has worked well for me. I haven’t tried just whipping eggs up and freezing them—it is usually quiche ingredients with it that i have frozen together before.
    The once a month cooking cookbook has a recipe for Baked Eggs that you freeze before cooking….

  • Miss Mary says:

    I have never done this before, until recently I have started , for 1 the economy 2 my sight is going & 3 I don’t do winter (driving) We do live in the country and this is ever so wise for us country folk.
    My grandmothers and mother always had a full pantry plus either a celler or a food storage outside in the side of the hill (sorry forget what they’re called) Always canned food as well (which I wish I knew how) I have started making more & more of my own food (homemade) not packaged. Everything is from scratch, & really does seem to go further.
    Well Still I’ve got lots more reading to do and hope you won’t get annoyed with all my writings to you.
    Have a blessed day.