- First determine what you eat. Make a list of your family's favorite meals and snacks. Some people keep a paper on the refrigerator and write down what they eat. Some people compile a binder of their favorite meals. Others make a list by asking each family member their favorite foods..
- Next, make a list of what ingredients, and quantities, are needed to make these meals and snacks. Since this is to determine what to store, you only need to list what you plan to store. Some people only include canned foods here. Others include frozen or refrigerated food. You may list each teaspoon of salt, or only items that you use most of a container of at once.
Just do what makes sense to you!