i guess i am "off the chart" when it comes to stocking up on foods. My home canned goods do not come with a "use by" date
. I do label the year they are canned.
I don't stock up to save money. I produce as much of my own foods because I want to know how those foods were produced. And I refuse to go to the store to buy one item needed for a recipe.
okay, i'll be honest, I hate to go shopping, I hate to leave the homestead for food purchases. So I keep on hand ingredients so I can cook\bake at my whim. I keep any items in the freezer that may go bad, such as whole wheat flour, bulk baking yeast, nuts, meats, brown rice, granola ingredients (except oats), herbs, spices. I buy herbs and spices by the pound. I buy organic oats by the 50 pound bag and store it in the cool basement. That bag of oats lasts about 6 months to 8 months. I probably do save money doing this, but that is not my motivation. I could not guess how long we could eat on our stores, but it would be months. Flour would be the first item I would run out of. I don't have the room to store much flour.