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“Essentials” are necessities other than OIL, SUGAR, MILK, GRAINS, and LEGUMES.  There are no rules or limits to “essentials.”

Here’s my unfinished list:

YEAST       Salt       Pepper         Seasoning Salt          Specialty peppers             Garlic and onion salt         Chili powder, regular and chipolte

Spices:     Ground and stick cinnamon        Nutmeg           Cloves           Coriander           Cardamom:

Herbs:      Italian Seasoning              Poultry Seasoning           Thyme            Oregano            Celery seed             Oregano         Dill weed         Basil        Cumin, seed and ground

Other seasonings & condiments:       Liquid smoke       Vanilla            Almond extract         Worcestershire Sauce        Ketsup               Mustard          Horshradish           Tartar Sauce

Seasoning packets: Ranch dressing          Cheese sauces                 Taco seasonings

Love these: Torani’s flavored syrups – Huckleberry, Peach, etc. You get the picture 🙂

My food essentials also include comfort items:

Chocolate chips; marshmallows and Keebler Fudge Stripes for quick s’mores; popcorn; pudding mixes. I know a family that stores many boxes of Brownie Mix. What’s your family’s favorite comfort snack?

Non-food essentials

  • Multi Vitamins or other supplements regularly taken
  • First Aid items; medications
  • Aluminum foil
  • Zip-Loc bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Toiletries: tooth paste, etc
  • Over-the-counter cold and flu meds
  • Laundry and hand soap




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