Many people ask me how I got started…. what did I buy? How did I know WHAT to buy? Easy. I had one of my very closest sister-friends, Naida, help me. Without her, I wouldn’t have known where or how to get started on my journey to cooking from scratch. How do you thank someone for doing that for you? Simple. You pay it forward….. in hopes that the help continues to grow and spread. So remember, what you learn, pass it on. You would be surprised how many people are in the same boat, and just don’t know how or where to get started.
So….. here is my shopping list. My very FIRST shopping list. To buying all of my “cook from scratch” ingredients. I kept it. As a reminder of where and how I got started. I keep it under protection in my homesteading binder. And now, I share it with YOU!
Now, I buy these items in BULK when I can. These are items that i ALWAYS have in my pantry. These are items that you can make just about ANYTHING with, from scratch…. including making homemade brown sugar and bread crumbs! These are staples. As you begin to learn how to cook, without buying pre-packaged items like gravy, BBQ sauce, cream soups, ect….. your pantry list will grow and continue to grow. But for me, these are the BASICS! With these items, you can pretty much make anything!!!! Buy them in bulk if you can and store the rest. Trust me, you will use it!
*yeast (I buy SAF instant)
*all purpose flour (the cheapest and easiest way to learn. if you screw up, you aren’t wasting expensive flour)
*dry milk powder
*instant potato flakes
*oatmeal (old fashioned….. NOT instant)
*apple cider vinegar
*lemon juice (bottled)
*tomato sauce and paste (i buy #10 cans of sauce and paste in bulk)
*assorted spices (salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, cinnamon, nutmeg, sage, chives, parsley, paprika, granulated garlic and onion, and anything else you love and enjoy cooking with. Add to your spice collection buy buying at least one spice you don’t have every time you go out shopping!)
*vanilla (i now make my own homemade vanilla)
*assorted nuts and seeds
*assorted blocks of cheese for shredding
*assorted dried beans (cheaper, you can soak them yourself OR learn to pressure can them)
*assorted basic veggies (basics for me include onions, green pepper, celery, carrots, potatoes)
Items that are extremely helpful:
*stand mixer and food processor
*plastic squeeze bottles (I buy mine for $1 at Walmart in the kitchen section)
*parchment paper NOT waxed paper
*canning jars (to store dried foods)