Week 14 Deep Pantry Challenge & MYO Baking Powder

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A deep pantry a good thing to have.

Don’t forget to share what you were able to do this past week to have a deep pantry/food storage. Let’s encourage each other. And if you have a question feel free to ask or if you have the answer to a question feel free to answer. If you have a tip or idea you can share that also. As I said let’s make this a place where we can share and encourage others to get that deep pantry.

Remember having a deep pantry isn’t just about having extra food on hand. It is also about having the means to survive in an emergency situation, having all the extra food isn’t going to do you much good if you can’t cook it when the power is out.
10 pounds Pasta / Baking Soda, Baking Powder

10 Pounds of pasta, Wal-Mart has most of their Pasta for a dollar a pound. You can also make your own noodles, super easy to make, I do store some macaroni and spaghetti noodles just because they are a lot harder to make. I leave mine in the original package and put in to buckets that I put in my outside shed so they can freeze during the winter.

Baking Soda/ Baking powder, as I have said before I get my baking soda at the local feed store ( IFA). It is 13.00 dollars for 50 pounds, at Wal-Mart it is 1.98 for 64 ounces.If you make your own you will need to store cream of tartar ,by doing this you don’t have to worry about the baking powder going flat, and it doesn’t have the extra additives added to it.

How to make your own Baking Powder.

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar

Use right away. If you are not going to use right away add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch.

The extra item this month is to work on alternate cooking sources such as a solar oven, thermal cooker, wonder oven, rocket stove, a bbq grill or even on your wood stove. This way if the power is out you have a way to cook.

The action item this month is to learn to can, if you don’t know anyone that can teach you, there is a ton of info on the internet, and u-tube has a lot also. Start with water bath canning then move up to pressure canning. You can pick up a nice pressure canner for under 150 dollars and you can also use it to water bath can. Wal-Mart has a water bath canner for about 40 dollars.

Add a little more to your money stash. Like I say every little bit helps.

Put back some more water.

So what did I get done this week.

I bought 24 pounds of strawberries that I will put in the freezer. I also bought several pounds of bananas to add to some of the strawberries that I will use make individual packs for smoothies. Bought 4 Apple trees and 3 crab apple trees (you can make pectin with crabapples). We transplanted several tomato plants that we started. (really hope they make it don’t want to have to buy any starts this year), Ordered some herb seeds, sour dough starter, and water Kefir starter. Went to the health fair and had blood work done. (your health is an important part of a deep pantry, If you are sick how are you going to tend to your family).

So what were you able to get done this week? Even if it is something small it all adds up in the end.

Have a great week.

11 Replies to “Week 14 Deep Pantry Challenge & MYO Baking Powder”

  1. Lady Locust

    What a great post! Thanks for the reminder – I need to fill a couple jugs and put them in the freezer. During summer I use them in icechests and if need be have extra water. I do keep a couple jugs in the pantry too.

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      Lady Locust,
      Thanks for stopping by. I love using frozen jugs of water for ice in coolers, there is no mess with water everywhere like you get with bags of ice.
      Have a great day,

  2. Jayne

    That pantry would be heaven! I have no pantry space at all, so storage is a challenge. Crabapples are great trees. I make a crabapple lemonade that is way more delicious that it sounds and super easy to make. The kids love it!

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      I would love to have your lemonade recipe, if you wouldn’t mind sharing 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by
      Have a great day

  3. Jann Olson

    I have canned ever since I first got married. It’s something I look forward to every year. Just something about seeing that beautiful food in those clear glass bottles. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  4. Katy SkipTheBag

    I’ve been curious about solar ovens. I’ve seen a few bloggers cook with them. Here in Florida it would be perfect. I may have to do some more research into it. Thanks for sharing on the #WasteLessWednesday Blog Hop!

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      I got a solar oven a while back and can’t wait to start using it. I will be sharing what I am able to do with it.
      Have a great day,

  5. Debbie Kitterman

    Thanks for sharing how to make your own baking soda – never knew how before reading your post. I am so glad you are linking up with me at #TuneInThursday I am learning so much.. thanks for linking this post last week, I sure hope to see you again this week