Monday, May 3, 2021

Stocking and Restocking My Pantry at a Mennonite Non-Electric Store!

Recently, I had the opportunity to shop at a 'non-electric' Mennonite grocery store.  I knew I was going ahead of time so had my list ready.  Here's what I purchased for my pantry...

... the two large bags in the back are rye flour.  I simply cannot find it in the area where we live so I was delighted to be able to stock up ... I purchased 14 pounds (each bag was 7 lbs).  It will go in the freezer for a few days to make sure that all insect eggs are killed.  After that I'll fill a canister and add it to the baking area in my pantry.  The remaining will stay in the freezer until a refill is needed.

To the left of the rye flour is butter sprinkles.  I've been looking for this item and again, just can't find it in my area.  I'll fill a pint jar to keep in the refrigerator for use and freeze the rest for refills.

Between the two bags of rye flour is a bag of dry hominy.  My husband spotted this and wanted to try it so into the cart it went.

Beside the dry hominy is a bag of unsweetened coconut.  I use this in baking and in granola so was glad to be able to restock it.

All those plastic containers contain various spices, which was the main thing on my shopping list.  I'll refill my spice containers and set the rest of each in the freezer for refill purposes.

In the front are flavorings: hazelnut, banana, butterscotch and butter pecan.  I'll use these in baking and smoothies.

I had such fun shopping at this store, I've already started a list for the next time I get to go!


A Working Pantry

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

Items I use in keeping my pantry well-stocked:


Dehydrator Teflon Sheets

Dehydrator Cookbook

Food Saver Vacuum Sealer

Herb/Coffee Bean Grinder

Manual Food Chopper

Pressure Canner

Canning Supplies

Food Scale

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  1. That sounds like a fun place to go! Glad you could get the needed items for the pantry.

    1. Lana, it is one of my most favorite places to shop, they have so many food and non-food items to browse through!

  2. Aren't those shops the best? They carry all the basic ingredients that I use all the time and very little of the prepackaged, convenience-type foods. And I like supporting the families that own them! I'm curious to know how you use the butter sprinkles? I've seen them but didn't know the purpose.

    1. Amalia, yes, that describes this little store perfectly and I too like supporting the families that own them. The butter sprinkles are great on popcorn and baked potatoes. Really you could use them on anything you wanted to add a butter flavor too.

  3. What a neat place to shop! I don't think that I have ever been in a non electric mennonite store before. You found some cool stuff. I have never used rye flour or butter sprinkles. I think there is an amish store in Mt Airy that I want to stop if we go to the beach this year.

    1. Kathy, this little store is quite unique!

  4. Looks like a good haul. One question please what do you use butter sprinkles in? Thank you

    1. The sprinkles are used on popcorn, baked potatoes, etc.


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