A Year’s Worth Of Food & Supplies

My Pantry & Household Supplies List For 2013 -2014

Empty Mason Jars Ready To Begin A New Caning Season

Empty Mason Jars Ready To Begin A New Caning Season

Every June I start anew the annual cycle of putting aside a year’s worth of food and supplies.
The goal is to have all the food and supplies I need in my pantry, cupboards, closets and cellar by Halloween.

My practical food storage education first began in the mid 1980’s when I attempted to store a winter’s worth of food and household sundries. I live in the snow belt on a rural back road and in those days it was not at all unusual for us to be literally snowed in and house bound for a week at a time; a few times every winter.
(Things have change since then – we’re almost the suburbs now)
My winter pantry proved to be such a wonderful convenience, and time and money saver, that by 1990 I extended my pantry and household stores to last 1 year. I took a lesson from my husband’s Appalachian grandmother and coincided the beginning of my food storage efforts with each year’s new gardening and growing season. For my household, the food year begins with planting the garden in spring and ends with the final harvest in the fall.

Basement Pantry

Basement Pantry

What follows below is this year’s pantry & supplies list.
It’s the master supply list that I will carry in my purse and use for the next 5 months to help me store or buy about a year’s worth of food and supplies for 2 older adults.
In practice the food and supplies last longer than a year and I almost never completely run out of anything and always end the year with a surplus of goods to be rolled over into the following year.

In theory, by comparing this year’s 2013 household & pantry inventory, the list that follows below, and my future 2014 household & pantry inventory that I’ll take at the end of next spring, those interested in such things will be able to determine quantities of food and supplies that I use in my home.
From all 3 lists you’ll have a good idea of what my husband and I eat and consume in 1 years’ time.

Such lists are fun to look at but probably won’t benefit anyone except me and my husband.
That’s because no two households have the same food ways, food preferences, living arrangements or dietary needs or restrictions.
If you study the list below, you’ll notice that there are no tree nuts or chocolate listed. That’s because chocolate provokes migraine headaches in me and my husband, and tree nuts are a migraine trigger for me. Chocolate chip cookies, hot chocolate, chocolate cake, brownies and chocolate pudding don’t happen at my house anymore and you should keep that in mind as you peruse the list.
You also won’t find any margarine, orange juice, turkey, ready-to-eat breakfast cereals; sweeten drinks, spaghetti or pasta because we don’t eat those things.
You won’t find eggs, fresh fluid milk or beer. We keep chickens, get milk from where we keep our dairy cows and buy beer by the case when we run out.
You won’t find dog or cat food.
What you will find is lots of canned pink salmon, tomato juice and white vinegar. That’s because I eat lots of salmon, like tomato juice for breakfast and clean my house with white vinegar.
You may not clean house or guzzle tomato juice at breakfast the way I do.
That’s why it’s important to understand what is happening in your own home and what you actually eat and use. Because every household is unique, I recommend that anyone who’s serious about the storage of food and supplies do a yearly inventory.
The items listed below that are marked with an asterisk * are items that I will buy at the grocery store or elsewhere because they are things that either I can’t produce myself or don’t care to.
Don’t forget when you read through my list that I have quite a bit of food and some supplies leftover from last year. You are not looking at a complete food or supply list for one year. You must add what I already have in my pantry and cupboards to get a better idea of what 1 year’s worth of food and supplies looks like for 2 older adults.

So without further delay here’s my 2013 -2014 Pantry & Supplies List.

*After Note*
My home garden and orchard is the mechanism by which all food storage and production in my home depends upon. Without a garden I don’t know how to economically run my kitchen or pantry nor where to get food or how to pay for it.
The list below does not take into account the fresh fruits and vegetables that are consumed from my home garden and orchard. In my location most of the fresh food production and utilization is between the months of May – October. The “fresh food year” starts with asparagus and lettuce in May, ending with apples in October and Brussels sprouts sometime around the beginning of December. Literally hundreds of pounds of food is consumed and processed for storage during those 6 months.



6 whole chickens, *# 25 chicken thighs,* # 10 chicken breasts,  ½ pig, # 20 fresh sausage, *#20 bacon, #*10 kielbasa sausage, *5 pkgs. hot dogs, *60 cans of pink salmon, *10 cans smoked kippers,
# 10 beef suet,# 10 leaf lard, (1 Dexter steer to be processed in December- approx. # 250 beef)

 Vegetables from Garden:

56 quarts tomato juice, 63 quarts tomatoes, 18 pints red beets, 9 pints carrots, 8 quarts frozen tomatoes, 20 quarts frozen broccoli, 5 quarts frozen zucchini, 5 quarts yellow summer squash, 8 quarts chopped frozen green peppers, 8 quarts chopped frozen onions, 10 quarts frozen sweet corn, 10 quarts frozen acorn squash, 5 quarts mashed frozen pumpkin, 6 quarts frozen cabbage, 5 quarts frozen Brussels sprouts


63 pints apple sauce, 21 quarts of peaches, 14 quarts of pears, 42 quarts grape juice, 6 pints cranberry juice, 25 pints frozen blueberries;  black berries & raspberries as God provides to go to freezer, *4 cans sliced pineapple, *# 8 box of raisins, *5 boxes prunes,* 2 bags of cranberries to freezer

 Fresh Fruits & Vegetables to Cellar:

potatoes, apples, pears, onions, garlic, 2 pumpkins, carrots, cabbages, squash, tomatoes (?) apple cider

Frozen Food from Grocery Store:

*10 boxes frozen spinach,*6 bags frozen peas, *5 bags lima beans, *4 bags mixed vegetables, *6 boxes breaded fish, *6 boxes Pirogies, *10 frozen pizzas


*# 30 butter, *15 pkgs. cream cheese, *30 cans evaporated milk

Condiments, Sauces & Jellies:

24 -36 ½ pints of jam & jelly, 14 quarts apple butter, 12 pints salsa, * 3 jars sweet relish,* 1 bottle ketchup, * 2 squeeze bottles yellow mustard, * 3 bottles barbecue sauce

Canned Soups & Stews:

14 quarts lentil soup, 14 quarts canned beef chili, 14 quarts lamb stew, 14 quarts beef stew, 14 quarts beef vegetable soup, 7 quarts split pea soup, 18 pints chicken cubes

Pantry Backbone:

*3 quarts red wine vinegar,* 2 gallons olive oil,* # 2 canning salt, *4 jars Miracle Whip, *8 # 4 peanut butter, *3 jars tahini, *6 pkgs. Jell-O, *5 pkgs., liquid pectin,* 5 boxes powdered pectin, *10 boxes lemon herb tea, * 12 large cans coffee,* 3 large chili powder, * 3 large paprika, * 2 large black pepper, * #.50 ground red pepper, * 1 bottle hot sauce, * 2 large ground cumin, * 2 large minced onions, *#1 ground ginger, * 3 -1 oz. bottles almond extract,* 1 bottle Marsala wine, *1 bottle good whiskey,

Flour Grains & Beans:

*#50 lbs. all-purpose flour,*#20 bread flour, *1 box cake flour, *5 large boxes oatmeal,* 1 box Cream of Wheat,*# 3 barley pearls,* #10 black beans, * #6 red kidney beans, * #5 chick peas,* #3 lentils, #50 wheat berries, * # 1 sesame seeds

Baking Supplies & Sugars:

*# 85 lbs. cane sugar, 3 quarts maple syrup, * 3 cans cooking spray,* 2 large bags of instant yeast,* #6 confectioner’s sugar, * 1 can vegetable shortening, * # 8 brown sugar, * # 3 shredded coconut, * # 3 chopped dates,* #2 dried apricots, * # 2 butterscotch chips


*6 boxes large kitchen matches,* 10 gallons bleach,* 5 gallons white vinegar, * 1 box borax,* 1 gallon ammonia, * 30 vacuum bags, * 8 large boxes Tide, * 6 large bottles Downy fabric softener, * 1 box dryer sheets,* 14 large bottles Dawn dish soap, * 9 large boxes dishwasher detergent, * 3 bottles toilet cleaner, * 12 cans Bar Keeper Friend, * 5 bottles tub & tile cleaner, * 50 rolls toilet paper, * 24 rolls paper towels,* 4 boxes Kleenex,* 6 large pkgs. paper napkins,* 80 tall white kitchen garbage bags,* 1 box -30 gallon size garbage bags, * 1 box wax paper,* 2 boxes aluminum foil, *mouse traps, * rat poison,


*4 large bags disposable razors, *4 cans shaving cream, * 4 large boxes Q-Tips, * 8 tubes toothpaste, * 6 boxes dental floss,* 8 large Listerine, *4 roll-on deodorant, * 4 mascara, * 1 brown eye pencil, * 3 jars old lady eye cream,* 2 large Tylenol, * 2 large aspirin, * 2 tubes hydrocoritison cream, *2 large Vaseline, * 3 large cold cream, *5 hand cream, * 3 cans hair spray, * 3 large shampoo, * 4 bags cough drops ( maybe make horehound drops too)* 2 bottles cough expectorant, *2 bottles cough suppressant,* 2 bottles Pepto Bismol, bar soap, bath oil, * essential oils for soap & bath



Katherine Grossman

Katherine Grossman was born and raised in the greater Washington, D.C area. But for the last 30 years Mrs. Grossman has lived a life of deliberate self-reliance in rural western Pennsylvania. She loves to garden, knit mittens; makes a killer meatloaf and has been known to deliver triplet lambs with her eyes closed. 


  15 comments for “A Year’s Worth Of Food & Supplies

  1. Methane Creator
    May 29, 2013 at 9:21 am

    What a wonderful list to start from. Not sure what leaf lard is, but we do use lard. Found some items in your list that i will add to mine this year. The drought this past year really hurt our gardens and orchards.

    • KMG
      May 29, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Leaf lard is the fat that surrounds the kidneys of a pig. It’s very white and is layered in thin sheets. Read more about it at the link below

      • Shannon
        May 1, 2015 at 9:23 pm

        It makes great crétons which is a cooked spiced pork ‘spread’ that we French Canadians like to spread on toast. Yum. :)

  2. LindaG
    May 29, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Thanks for sharing this. Wow. That’s a lot. No wonder I have trouble trying to visualize how to do that for us.
    Would love to have access to fresh milk, but alas there are almost no dairies left locally any more.
    Have a wonderful day!

  3. Carol Urban
    May 29, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I can’t remember if you’ve done this but would you mind taking a few photos to show us what the extent of your pantry looks like? I remember my Granny in WV keeping all her “put up” canned goods kept in the below ground cellar out in back of the house. I loved making jelly and preserves with her after we picked berries.

    • KMG
      May 29, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Carol –
      Click the links in the post :-)

  4. Momma
    May 30, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Your list says 3 large shampoo. How do you only use 3lg shampoo a year? Are they 5 gallon buckets or something? We use at least a 16oz bottle a week for 3 of us. Now, if our daughter moved out on her own, that would probably drop by half, but we still use a lot more shampoo than just 3 bottles a year. I’m curious.
    And I love to see the mascara on the list. Some things in life are important enough to stock up.
    I love your blog. You are so “down to earth” and real. And you give lots of wonderful common sense information. Thank you.

    • KMG
      May 31, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Momma –
      Thanks for the kind words. Mascara & lipstick are necessary to my happiness and well being :-)
      I use the really giant bottle of Paul Michell shampoo and still have most of a bottle left.
      My hair is shoulder length and I wash it every other day.
      It is also fine and thin so it only takes less than a nickel size squirt for me. My husband uses a different type of shampoo and we have enough stockpiled to go another year or so.
      Don’t forget you are only seeing products and OTC meds that I need to get for the coming year. I still have quite a bit of stuff left over from previous years and didn’t publish my “Personal Care & Medicine” inventory when I published the other list because it wasn’t completed.

  5. Glenda
    June 2, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing your lists. You inspired me to put together my own list for 2013-1014. I had already done an inventory of what we had on hand (which was ALOT) in order to make my monthly menu plans for the year. I dislike shopping intensely, so having alot on hand makes my life easier. We do not have a year’s worth, but will attempt to reach that goal going forward.

    Thank you, too, for such a wonderful blog. It is informative and full of useful and applicable information. My husband recently saw your pantry photo and is now hooked on reading your blog daily, also.

    • KMG
      June 3, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Thanks :-)

  6. Valerie
    June 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I like that you’re not to proud to “put by” 10 frozen pizzas.
    Sometimes you get one of those days and don’t have time or energy to do it from scratch.
    Thanks for this nicely comprehensive list.
    There are lots of things here I would not have thought of,
    and it helps as I compose my own list.

  7. Valerie
    June 2, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Last July I made a 5 gallon bucket of laundry detergent using a recipe from
    the Duggar Family website. As of today I’ve only used half of it.
    Best pantry idea I’ve ever had.

    • KMG
      June 3, 2013 at 8:11 am

      Thank you Valerie – I just might check out their laundry detergent recipe :-)

  8. Karen
    June 5, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Thank you for sharing your list. It will help me with making an assessment of what we currently store and allow for adjustments based on our eating habits.

  9. Kristin Jamison
    June 29, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    This is amazing! I want to get organized and have a system just like this! GREAT JOB!

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