Our Pantry Essentials

Our Favorite Paleo & Healthy Foods
Our goal as homesteaders is to produce as much as our own food as possible, but there are many things that our cold Wisconsin climate just won’t support, or that we choose not to produce ourselves. Or things we might produce ourselves sometimes, and our favorite brands when we don’t. Here are some of our staples:


Raw Honey: Y.S. Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey
A very smooth and creamy honey- it comes already finely crystalized and is easy to scoop out of the jar with a spoon (it isn’t runny/liquid).

Maple Syrup: Coomb’s Family Organic Maple Syrup
A great alternative if you can’t find local, high-quality maple.

Maple Sugar: Coomb’s Family Organic Maple Sugar
Crystalized maple syrup- possibly the best thing ever made. This is my favorite sugar to bake with, and also what I use in my homemade barbecue rub seasoning.

Spices & Herbs

Garlic Powder: Frontier Organic Garlic Powder
I always buy this one in bulk. We use a lot of it for ourselves and for the chickens. Those little spice jars at the grocery store are expensive! Here you can get one pound of organic garlic powder for $12! Store in a canning jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Chili Powder: Frontier Organic Chili Powder 
We a LOT of chili. I really like this blend from Frontier.

Cinnamon: Frontier Organic Ceylon Cinnamon
With all the apples we have around here, we need a lot of cinnamon!

Baking Essentials

Cocoa Powder: Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder
Cocoa Powder is a glorious product. And I need a lot of it around this household to keep Karl happy!

Vanilla Powder: Terrasoul Organic Vanilla Bean Powder 
Incredible.This is ground vanilla beans, with nothing else in it. I love, love this for baking!

Vanilla Extract: Nielsen-Masey Pure Bourbon Vanilla Extract
This is the vanilla that many professional chefs prefer, and for good reason. Go for the big, big bottle- it is a much better deal and will last for a long time.

Coconut Products

Coconut Milk: Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk

I use this in baking, for ice cream, and in creamy jello (grass-fed gelatin) recipes. Karl hates coconut, and if mixed with enough other ingredients, he can’t detect the coconut taste in this.

Finely Shredded Unsweetened Coconut: Let’s Do Organic Finely Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
I tend to use the finely shredded coconut in baking, especially for making macaroons.

Large Flake Unsweetened Coconut: Let’s Do Organic Large Flake Unsweetened Coconut
Great for eating plain, and in trail mixes.

Coconut Flour: Nutiva Coconut Flour
A staple for a lot of my grain-free adapted homestead baking.

Miscellaneous Pantry
Grass-Fed Gelatin: Great Lakes Bovine Gelatin 
Gelatin, especially healthy gelatin from happy cows is a wonderful source of protein and is great for your joints and intestinal health. I love to make healthy “jell-o” jigglers with this. There are tons of awesome recipes out there! I also add a spoonful to any smoothie that I make.

Jerky and Fruit Bars: Epic Bison Bacon Cranberry Bar
These are a unique bar made with grass-fed bison, pasture bacon and cranberries. It is the perfect “energy” or granola bar- loaded with protein. We pack these when we go foraging, or even for a day out thrift-saling!

Meat Sticks: Grass Run Farms Original Beef Sticks
Another brand I like to keep on hand for tossing in my purse!

Carrot Cake Cookies: GO RAW Carrot Cake Super Cookies
Not really a cookie, per say. More of a crispy seed cracker with a hint of sweetness and a hint of carrot. I like a couple of these with my morning coffee sometimes.

Chocolate Coconut Butter: Artisana Coconut Butter Cacao Bliss 
A very special treat… like fudge in a jar, but actually very healthy.

I love to save money, and I HATE to pay shipping on items I buy online. Many items through Amazon will ship for free if your total purchase is over $35. This is something I take advantage of all the time. I keep a running Amazon Grocery list, and when I know I have reached the free-shipping threshold, that’s when I buy!

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