Building Your Stockpile of Food and Other Necessities

BEGINNING A comprehensive food storage program is a daunting task, to
say the least. For that reason, I recommend you begin stocking your home
grocery store with basics that will enable you to survive during relatively
short-term emergencies, and then gradually expand your inventory until it
includes the full array of food and other items your family uses. This
chapter is intended to familiarize you with the variety of items you might stock in your home store, grouped in several categories. The first two categories are bread and soup.
We’ve all heard the saying, “You can’t live by bread alone.” I have a philosophy that you can live on bread and soup. Soup, with its endless combinations and variations, can be very hearty and nutritious. If you have a variety of dehydrated soup mixes and all the ingredients for baking bread, you can feed your family in a crisis and survive well.
I believe that the ingredients for soups and bread should be high on the priority list of food that you store. For that reason, I recommend you begin your food storage program by collecting and storing the ingredients for these two food types.


If you store the basic ingredients for baking, you will be able to make a wide variety of bread. Quick bread include banana bread, poppy seed bread, applesauce bread, and zucchini bread. Yeast breads include white and whole wheat bread, breadsticks, scones, Native American fry bread, tortillas, rolls, and cinnamon rolls. Dessert breads include cakes, pie crust, and cookies. You can also make pancakes, waffles, biscuits, muffins,
crackers, cornbread, dumplings, and even homemade noodles from flour and other basic ingredients.

Ingredients for Baking

To be ready to make any of the bread types mentioned above, you’ll need a wheat grinder, the necessary equipment for mixing and baking, and the basic ingredients listed here.


  • Wheat for grinding
  • White flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Oatmeal
  • Powdered milk
  • Dried whole eggs
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Yeast

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