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What would consider essential shelf stable foods?

We're finally moving into our own place and we have some extra on our SNAP this month so I'm trying to buy essentials. We had been sharing a lot with my in-laws so for starters I went and got flour,sugar,baking soda,salt and pepper and a few other things I've wondering if I'm forgetting something.

What are your shelf stable essentials for your family?

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Asked by lizziebreath at 11:07 PM on Dec. 28, 2013 in General Parenting

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  • Oatmeal, yeast for bread making, pasta, tuna, peanut butter, coffee, dried herbs (including garlic), extracts (vanilla, almond, etc), cooking oils

    Answer by Brawn at 11:12 PM on Dec. 28, 2013

  • pasta, rice, canned tomatoes, canned corn, tuna, oil, and chicken broth


    Answer by musicmaker at 11:12 PM on Dec. 28, 2013

  • don't forget spices- some season all, garlic...

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 11:16 PM on Dec. 28, 2013

  • Cream of soups, Peanut Butter, crackers, chicken broth, rice, pasta, powdered milk or other boxed soy milk, etc...

    Answer by m-avi at 11:17 PM on Dec. 28, 2013

  • Tuna, cream soups, ready-to-eat cereals, cereal bars, rice, instant potatoes, garlic powder, dried onion flakes, instant chicken bouillon crystals, raisins, canned fruit, crackers, pasta and jarred sauce, instant oatmeal.

    Answer by Ballad at 11:37 PM on Dec. 28, 2013

  • Rice, barley, dried beans, pasta, stock, soup, oats, basically any grains you like and canned goods.

    Answer by staciandababy at 2:01 AM on Dec. 29, 2013

  • The only thing I have not seen listed is dry milk. It is good to cook with when you are running short on cash and need the actual milk for cereal. Also coffee, it is totally essential at my house! lol. But it is expensive so I would stock up on a can or two and some dry creamer.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:37 AM on Dec. 29, 2013

  • pasta, sauce, soup, canned vegetables, rice, canned meat- ham, chicken, tuna, crackers, cereal, mac & cheese, boxed potatoes, boxed stuffing, dry seasoning mixes -- like for tacos, gravy and such, baking items, coffee, oatmeal or hot cereals (malt o meal, cream o wheat).....

    Answer by MizLee at 3:09 PM on Dec. 29, 2013

  • I always make sure we have flour, baking soda, yeast, salt, sugar, pasta, canned tomatoes (whole or diced), I usually buy frozen veggies but canned veggies are good to have on hand too as well as canned beans. Rice is also good to have one hand. I make homemade hot pockets a lot so I always have cream soups in the pantry. Grits and cornmeal are good to have for breakfast food

    Answer by Owl_Feather at 10:22 PM on Dec. 29, 2013

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