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This is part 2 of our 3 part REAL FOOD STORAGE series. You may also enjoy:
A Genuine Article
This is a completely up-front and honest view into our food budget. I feel like it’s worth sharing how using alternatives to the health food store can save a significant amount of money when sourcing high quality REAL FOOD. There’s always room for improvement and I’ll update this list as I find better sources.
What-cha Got In There?
Friends often ask me what food and other items we stock in our pantry. The simple answer is that we buy the basics and cook from scratch. Most of the time, the simplest forms of food store the best, and have the least amount of preservatives. For example whole grains will hold more nutrients and resist rancidity much better than flour. Wheat flour is usually laced with thyroid messing bromides. So keeping it simple is the key for storage and health.
We also purchase the basic grains and seeds in whole form for most of our animals and mix them in different ratios for different species. This makes it possible to stock up a little more and have it not go rancid by the time it gets used up. Contrary to popular belief, chickens don’t need you do crack their peas or other whole grains for them. That’s what their gizzard is for. That’s great for those of us who are concerned about shelf stability! We soak their feed 24 hours with a splash of apple cider vinegar to increase digestibility and reduce the amount of food needed by quite a lot. Mixing my own allows me to avoid soy, which keeps the fatty acids in my eggs balanced in a healthy ratio. Just be careful. Mixing your own: 1. requires a dust mask, and 2. can be way more expensive than premixed!
The Big List
Here is a list of the items I buy on a regular basis. I wanted to make it super simple to find anything in my pantry by using the search box above the table! Woohoo, feeling smart today…except it doesn’t seem to work on smaller devices yet. Wah-wah. Sorry, working on that.
|What||Purpose||Amount||Brand||Where||Approx. Cost (6/17)|
|Alfalfa Pellets, Organic||Animal Feed||40 lbs.||Azure Market||Azure Standard||t24|
|Aloe Vera Juice (great to have on hand during tummy bugs or during/after antibiotic use- shown to increase white blood cells to conquer yeast etc.)||Medicine||32 oz. (lasts us years)||George’s||Azure Standard||t9|
|Amaranth, Whole, Organic||High Protein Grain||25 lbs.||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t33|
|Arnica 30x (under the tongue tabs for bumps and bruises)||Medicine||50 tablets||Hyland’s||Azure Standard||t5|
|Barley, ANIMAL, Whole, Organic||Animal Feed||45 lbs.||Azure Market||Azure Standard||t30|
|Beans, Adzuki, Organic||Protein/Sprouting||25 lbs.||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t46|
|Beans, Black, Organic||Protein||25 lbs.||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t38|
|Beans, Lima, Organic||Protein||25 lbs.||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t45|
|Beans, Mung, Organic||Protein/Sprouting||25 lbs.||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t54|
|Beans, Navy, Organic||Protein||25 lbs.||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t47|
|Beans, Pinto, Organic||Refried Beans||25 lbs.||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t38|
|Beef Hot Dogs, Grass-Fed, Organic||Meat||12 oz.||Organic Prairie||Azure Standard||t9|
|Beef Tallow, Grass-Fed||Fat||5 gallon bucket-36 lbs.||US Wellness Meats||https://grasslandbeef.com||t116|
|Beef, ground, Grass-Fed, Organic||Meat||Winco||t5|
|Beeswax Candles||Preparedness||6||McLaury Apiaries||Azure Standard||t10|
|Bentonite Clay, Powder||Toothpaste, face mask, bite/sting, etc.||6 lb. bucket||Redmond||Azure Standard||t32|
|Blueberries, Frozen, Organic||Fruit||10 lbs.||Sunset Valley Organics||Azure Standard||t49|
|Buckwheat, Hulled, Organic||Homemade Sprouted Cereal||25 lbs.||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t51|
|Butter, Grass-Fed, Organic||Fat||12 x 8 oz.||Organic Valley||Azure Standard||t48|
|Cacao Powder, Raw Balinese Organic||Flavor||1 lb.||Earth Circle Organics||Azure Standard||t14|
|Calendula Tea Tree Topical Salve (alternative to neosporin)||Medicine||2 oz. (lasts us years)||Oregon’s Wild Harvest||Azure Standard||t8|
|Carob Powder Organic||Flavor||1 lb.||Earth Circle Organics||Azure Standard||t7|
|Cashews, Raw, Large White Pieces, Organic||Protein/Fat||2 lbs.||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t18|
|Cherries, Frozen Organic||Fruit||5 lbs.||Azure Husbandry||Azure Standard||t29|
|Chia Seeds, Organic||Chia Gel/Pudding/Cookies||32 oz.||Native||Azure Standard||t23|
|Chicken -Home Grown Organic||Meat||Home||2/lb|
|Chicken (When I don’t have time to make the Trader Joe’s trip) Organic||Meat||Costco||5-6/lb|
|Chicken Breast Meat, Canned (back up emergency protein in case of no cooking heat source)||Meat||12 x 5 oz.||Shelton||Azure Standard||t36|
|Chicken Legs Organic||Meat||Trader Joe’s||2.99/lb|
|Chlorella/Spirulina Tablets||Cleansing/Nutrition Support||1000 tablets||Raw Power||Azure Standard||t26|
|Coconut Milk, Organic||Milk Substitute||12 x 13.5 oz.||Natural Value||Azure Standard||t31|
|Coconut Sugar Crystals Organic||Lower Glycemic Index/Inulin to Help Good Bacteria||44.1 lbs. (2-4 year supply)||Azure Market||Azure Standard||t113|
|Dishwasher Detergent||Cleaning||50 lbs, (1-3 year supply?)||Biokleen||Azure Standard||t105|
|Einkorn, Whole, Organic||Bread||25 lbs. (1-3 year month supply)||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t65|
|Field Peas, ANIMAL, Whole, Organic||Animal Feed||50 lbs.||Azure Market||Azure Standard||t45|
|Ginger Chunks (candy-yes but with benefits! aids in digestion for one) Organic||Food/Digestive Aid||11 lbs (1 year supply)||Ginger People||Azure Standard||t66|
|Hand Washing Dish Soap||Cleaning||5 gallon, (1-3 year supply?)||Biokleen||Azure Standard||t65|
|Hazelnuts, Raw||Protein/Fat||2 lbs.||Azure Market||Azure Standard||t16|
|Kamut, Whole, Organic||Bread||25 lbs.||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t39|
|Kidney & Bladder D Mannose (great for most bladder infections. Some don’t respond to this though so consult your doctor)||Medicine||1 oz.||Health Line||Azure Standard||t15|
|Laundry Liquid, Free and Clear||Cleaning||5 gallon, (1-3 year supply?)||Biokleen||Azure Standard||t74|
|Lentils, Green, Organic||Protein||25 lbs.||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t39|
|Manuka Honey 10+ Raw||Medicine||1 lb.||Pacific Resources International||Azure Standard||t30|
|Maple Syrup Organic||Sweetener||64 oz.||Maple Valley Coop||Azure Standard||t48|
|Natural Cooking Twine||Food Prep||200’||If You Care||Azure Standard||t3|
|Natural Lice Eliminator (never had to use it but wanted to have a safe alternative on hand just in case the dreaded day ever comes…)||Medicine||1 kit||Hyland's||Azure Standard||t17|
|Oats Groats, Organic (save $$$ and freshness-roll your own!)||Porridge||50 lbs, (1 year supply)||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t50|
|Oats, ANIMAL, Whole With Hulls, Organic||Animal Feed||30 lbs.||Azure Market||Azure Standard||t23|
|Olive Oil, Extra Virgin, Organic||Fat||1 gallon||Napa Valley||Azure Standard||t40|
|Peaches, Frozen, Organic||Fruit||5 lbs.||Azure Husbandry||Azure Standard||t17|
|Peanuts, Raw Valencia, Domestic, Organic||Protein/Fat||2 lbs.||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t7|
|Peas, Frozen, Organic||Fruit||5 lbs.||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t12|
|Pecans, Fancy, Raw, Pieces||Protein/Fat||2 lbs.||Missouri Northern Pecan Grower||Azure Standard||t21|
|Pomegranate Concentrate (for making beef gelatin gummies) Organic||Gummies||12.5 fluid oz.||Kamut||Azure Standard||t10|
|Popcorn, Multicolored, Organic||Snack||25 lbs. (1-3 year supply)||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t36|
|Pumpkin Seeds, Raw, Hull-Less Organic||Seeds||1 lb.||CB’s Nuts||Azure Standard||t10|
|Quinoa, White, Organic||High Protein Grain||25 lbs.||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t57|
|Raspberry Spread Organic||Condiment||16.5 oz.||Crofter’s||Azure Standard||t5|
|REAL Soy Sauce, Yamaki Nama Shoyu Organic||Condiment||10 oz.||Gold Mine||Azure Standard||t9|
|Rice, Sprouted, Organic||Grain||25 lbs.||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t52|
|Salsa Verde, Fermented||Food/Probiotic/Enzymes||18 oz.||Wildbrine||Azure Standard||t5|
|Salt||Food/Medicine||25 lbs.||Redmond||Azure Standard||t63|
|Scouring Pads||Cleaning||24 x 2||Natural Value||Azure Standard||t22|
|Spaghetti, Brown Rice, Organic||Gluten Free Pasta||10 lbs.||Tinkyada||Azure Standard||t34|
|Split Peas, Green, Organic||Protein||25 lbs.||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t31|
|Stevia, Liquid, Vanilla Cream||Sweetener||2 oz. (lasts us 6 months to a year)||Sweet Leaf||Azure Standard||t10|
|Sunflower Seeds, Black Oil, ANIMAL, Whole, Organic||Animal Feed||25 lbs.||Modesto Milling||Azure Standard||t35|
|Teff, Brown, Whole||Injera Bread||25 lbs.||Azure Market||Azure Standard||t48|
|Tomato Past in Glass (this year our garden looks to be producing a year’s supply!) Organic||Sauce||12 x 7 oz.||Bionaturae||Azure Standard||t25|
|Tomatoes Strained, in Glass Organic||Sauce||6 x 24 oz.||Bionaturae||Azure Standard||t19|
|Tongol Tuna, Salted||Fish||24 x 5 oz.||Natural Value||Azure Standard||t49|
|Tortilla Chips, Sprouted||Snack||12 x 5.5 oz.||Way Better Snacks||Azure Standard||t29|
|Walnuts, Raw, Baker’s Pieces, Organic||Protein/Fat||2 lbs.||Azure Market Organics||Azure Standard||t26|
|Whey Protein Powder||Husband’s Protein||6 x 21 oz.||Vital Whey||Azure Standard||t188|
|Yellow Mustard Organic||Condiment||12 x 9 oz. (2-3 year supply)||Eden Foods||Azure Standard||t29|
Until I can figure out how to get the links in the table to work, I’ll post them below for you.
Where I buy:
Local grass-fed beef (Arizona): Chiricahua Pasture Raised Meats.
Five gallon bucket of grass-fed beef tallow for cooking and baking: grasslandbeef.com. Makes incredible pie crust and GUILT FREE FRYING, while costing less than rendering it yourself!!!!! Grass-fed beef tallow has also been found to have much higher CLA levels than grain/corn-fed counterparts, which has been shown to fight cancer among many other things. Want to know more? Check out one of my favorite bloggers, Kellythekitchenkop for more in-depth information.
The co-op where I buy most of our family’s food that we haven’t found locally: Azure Standard .
I’d love to hear from you! What are your favorite sources for food?