A reader asked what it was we planned to purchase to add to our stored food. I thought this was an excellent question, so here's a list. Please understand that what you're NOT seeing is stuff we already have in sufficient amounts.
• Rice. We're BIG rice-eaters in our family; and unlike wheat, rice is something we can't grow here in north Idaho. I actually looked into it - there are some cold-climate rice strains grown in the Himalayas - but getting those strains as well as the logistics of setting up growing spaces is beyond our capacities. So we want lots of rice stored away. Properly stored, white rice will keep for years, if not decades.
• Sugar. Ditto - we can't grow sugar (though we may experiment with sugar beets and see what happens).
• Brown sugar
• Flour. We have 300 lbs of wheat stored away and we also have a wheat field growing (with no idea what it will yield, of course), and we also have a grain grinder; but the convenience of flour is hard to beat. It will store for a couple of years so I like having lots on hand.
• Peanut butter
• Bacon (if the price isn't too high) - I'd like to have more canned up.
• Black-eyed peas
• Chocolate chips (there is unrest in the Ivory Coast, where a lot of chocolate comes from)
• Cocoa powder (ditto)
• Soy sauce
• Chicken breasts (for canning)
Items to get at the Mormon cannery through the kindness of our Mormon neighbors
• Wheat (we'd like another 300 lbs just to be safe, and it's fairly cheap)
• Powdered milk (we already have 50 lbs but it's not a bad item to have) to supplement times when our cows are dry
As I said, this supplements the food stores we already have. Frankly it's the rice I'm feeling most panicky about since the thought of going without rice is sorrowful indeed.
But I should emphasize this isn't "panic buying." Panic buying is when I rush to the store behind everyone else and help strip the shelves bare. Instead I will calmly walk into the wholesale grocers and load up on things no one else has thought to buy in advance, while prices are cheap and availability is high.