To measure the goodness of life

To measure the goodness of life by its delights and pleasures and safety is to apply a false standard. The abundant life does not consist of a glut of luxury. It does not make itself content with commercially produced pleasure, the nightclub idea of what is a good time, mistaking it for joy and happiness. On the contrary, obedience to law, respect for others, mastery of self, joy in service--these constitute the abundant life.
Thomas S. Monson, "In Quest of the Abundant Life", Ensign, Mar. 1988, 2

Staples and Spices - Priority Buying Guide for Newly Weds and "Just Moved" Families

1. Oil
(our favorites is olive oil) Have you tried cooking without any oil? No bueno. If an apocalyptic food shortage occurs, I bet you could trade on ounce of oil for a whole cow. Most forget to include oil into their food storage--but not you!
2. Spices (see spice page) It makes your meal palatable.
4. Flour Not only do you get your bread from this, but you can also thicken soups and sauces, bake, and batter meat and vegetables. FYI: the typical red wheat you buy by the canister from the bishop's store house is NOT suitable for baking: it's a hearty species best used in meatloaf, casseroles, etc. -- White wheat is the typical source for baking flour.
3. Sugar
(white granulated, brown, honey, powdered) A little sweet does wonders to cure food fatigue. It is also a friendly source to preserve food by turning it into a quick and simple syrup (1 sugar: 2 water) before bottling. We do not advocate bottling without a preservation additive, such as pectin, sugar, brine, etc.
With these four basics, you can do wonders with canned food goods, frozen vegetables and fruit, turn those legumes into something worth eating, and they will last you months without diet fatigue.

The "No-Substitute" List -- Shelf Stable

Below is listed the items with most frequent/diverse use.  They are listed in shelf-stable form, and are preceded by their tier level (1 for first tier, as in what you'd purchase first).

1Onion (flaked, dry)
1Tomatoes (bottled or canned)
2 Jalapeno
2 Green beans
2 Chili (Anaheim)  peppers
3 Beets
3 Carrots
3 Broccoli
3 Cabbage

1Garbanzo, or chick peas
1 Peanut butter
1 Black
2 White Navy/butter beans
2 Peas
3 Black-eyed
3 Pinto
3 Peanuts

1Applesauce/Apple slices
1 Pineapple
2 orange juice
2 cherries
2 peaches
2 pears
2 raisins
3 dates
3 apricots
3 prunes

1White flour
2 Cereals
2 Cornmeal
2  Rolled Oats
3 Canned corn
3 Barley
3 Quinoa
3 Whole Wheat
3  Canned Corn/Dry Kernels
Processed Grains
Granola Bars
Instant Rice
Cream of Wheat
Sandwich Bread
Muffins (mix)
Waffles/pancake (mix)
Biscuit (mix)

1Canola/ Olive oil

1White granulated
3 maple syrup
3 Karol syrup/corn syrup

1 Vinegar
1 Salt
1 Bouillon
1 Baking powder
1 Baking soda
1 Yeast
2 Cornstarch
2 Lemon juice
2 Ranch
2 Ketchup
2 Mustard
2 Cocoa powder
2 Cream of mushroom/chicken/celery
3 Powdered Egg
3 Powdered Milk
3 Powdered potatoes/mashed potatoes mix

4 onion soup mix
5 ranch dip mix (in event of no cream)
5 dry Alfredo mix (in event of no cheese/creme)

1 Garlic
1 Basil
1 Oregano
1 Cinnamon
1 Rosemary
2 Nutmeg
2 Ginger
2 Thyme
2 Cloves
2 Curry
2 Sage
3 Bay Leaf
3 Cumin
3 Dill
4 Taco/fajita mix
4 lemon pepper seasoning
4 herb d' province
Montreal steak