It can be hard to figure out what you need to have in your ‘stockpile’, especially if you’re starting out from scratch.
The easiest way is start is to think about what you normally need-if you absolutely, insistently, will not eat beans, then don’t put them on your list. Remember, start prepping for mundane reasons like bad weather and economic hardship first, and worry about the zombies and SHTF later. Call me overly optimistic, but I’m fairly certain job loss is much more likely than the grid falling.
If you have as many staples as you can built up, you can supplement with fresh dairy and produce.
Then think about your space, and optimize your list in importance by what you can use and can easily store first.
My list, depending on space and sales, in no particular order:
Black Strap Molasses (both can be used separately, and can be used together to make brown sugar)
Shelf stable soy or almond milks
Shelf stable tofu
Beans-canned and dried
Corn-canned and frozen
Peas-frozen, if I have room
Green beans-frozen and canned
Tuna fish or salmon, canned
Raw sugar, when I can find it under $1.50 a pound
Oats-not in large quantity, they can go rancid, steel cut and instant. I often get these in the bulk bin
Dried fruits-in the bulk bin
Nuts-in the bulk bin
Baking supplies-baking powder, baking soda, chocolate chips, etc. I get these on the Christmas and Thanksgiving baking sales
Unbleached white flour
Wheat flour-in small amounts for bread
Yeast-I try to have some in the house. but I don’t stockpile it
Shelf stable stocks or stock bases
Stocks-frozen or canned
Oils-olive, corn, coconut
Parchment paper (eventually I’ll get some Silpats, but for now, parchment paper)
Plastic wrap (only a box or two, one box lasts me years)
One or two bee’s wax clothes
Paper towels-there are some really nasty tasks I still prefer paper for, like draining bacon
Vinegars-white and apple cider
Citrus cleaner-I normally make my own
Salt-table, and whatever other kinds I can find on sale
Canning supplies-have on hand if you know how to can in case you find awesome produce sales