Please add to this list – One Year Stockpile, Non-perishable Food

Well, non-perishable and semi-perishable. Most of these things will have a shelf life of at least a year. My goal is to get you a one-year stockpile using the 12 week sales cycles at the grocery and pharmacy stores to stock up on things you will actually use in your everyday life. To do this, you will buy only stuff that you will eat. And, you will be constantly cycling it in to your everyday cooking, which means you will have to do some replenishing at the end of a year. During the sales cycles while things are at the lowest, you’ll buy extra, so your stockpile will always be growing until you have a year’s worth on hand. Please add to the list by commenting, so that we can develop a master list and chart the lowest stock-up prices. This particular list only deals with food items, dry and canned, that have a shelf life of at least a year.

Should you need to calculate how much of a particular item your family may need over the course of a year, I found an online storage calculator at , click on “basic beliefs”, scroll down to “healthy minds and bodies”, and you’ll see a link for the Food Storage Calculator. I followed the basics of their recommendations with a few exceptions.

I’m going to go out on a limb here, but I’m going to say that most of us don’t know what to do with 600 pounds of wheat. Instead of suggesting a 50 lb bag or giant barrel to keep wheat, which I don’t know enough about to work into my daily eating, I am going to list more common and usable forms of wheat. Same with the other grains – I use rice, but there are lots of grains that are easy to buy in small quantities and easy to work into regular recipes, like quinoa and barley.


  • Wheat cereal
  • Wheat germ
  • Wheat flour – white and whole wheat
  • Cracked wheat
  • White rice, instant or quick cook
  • White rice, slow cook
  • Brown rice
  • Wild rice
  • Other grains – quinoa, pearled barley, amaranth, etc.
  • Other flour – soy, rice, etc.
  • Pasta
  • Oats, old fashioned or steel cut
  • Oats, quick cook or instant, single-serve packets
  • Cornmeal, grits or polenta
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Cooking oils
  • Mayonnaise
  • Peanut butter or soy nut butter
  • Salad dressing
  • Dry beans
  • Canned beans
  • Lentils
  • Split peas
  • Dry soup mix
  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Molasses
  • Corn syrup
  • Jams/jellies
  • Powdered fruit drink mix
  • Flavored gelatin
  • Dry milk
  • Canned evaporated milk
  • Shelf-stable milk substitute – rice, coconut, or soy based
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Yeast
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Bleach
  • Canned soup
  • Stock/bouillon mix, dry
  • Canned/carton vegetable and meat stock/broth
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Liquid flavorings and extracts
  • Dry spices and flavor mixes
  • Tuna fish pouches/cans
  • Other canned meat – chicken, salmon, etc.

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