Week 18 Deep Pantry/ Food Storage Challenge

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A deep pantry a good thing to have.


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. If you are having a hard time trying to afford filling a deep pantry read my post on Having a Deep Pantry on a tight budget.

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.

50 Pounds Wheat or Flour/ Canned Vegetables

Wal-Mart has 26 pound buckets of wheat for 15.28. If you have a flour mill you might check and see if they sale wheat. You can also use seed wheat just make sure it isn’t treated and clean. If possible freeze it before you store it. I like to get mine in the fall then store it in buckets in the shed in the winter, I have never had a problem with it getting bugs doing it this way. If that isn’t possible and you don’t buy it already sealed be sure to store in airtight containers with oxygen absorbers.
If you don’t have a grinder then get flour, store the same as you would wheat.

Canned vegetables, again get what you family will eat. Wal-Mart has cans for 68 cents a can. If you watch for sales you can find them for 50 cents a can.  Can or freeze your own if at all possible.

How is the cooking from scratch coming along? If you already cook from scratch you might look into making your own mixes and spice blends if you don’t already do this.

Are you finding any alternative lighting? Remember solar lighting is a great and inexpensive lighting alternative. Put the solar lights out during the day, then you can bring in at night. I have put a couple in a vase and used in various rooms at night.

Put back some more water. Store bought or containers that you fill yourself.

Add more money to your money stash. Even if a small amount it all adds up.

What did I get done this week?

I bought 64 pounds of strawberry to put in the freezer, My patterns and books came in that I had ordered last week, got a few dandelions picked for jelly and soap ( I waited a little too long they are about all gone),and filled the propane tank. I think that is about all I got done this last week.

What were you able to get done this week?

4 Replies to “Week 18 Deep Pantry/ Food Storage Challenge”

  1. Nina

    Am busy picking our strawberries, slicing and freezing. I’m taking the strawberry pieces and caps and dehydrating them for tea this Winter. I also went out and picked a bunch of wild roses and made 4 quarts of rosewater. I use rosewater in teas and lemonade, for candy and as a face toner.

    I had to replant a bunch of tomatoes due to the incredible rainfall we’ve had here and ended up with 32 tomato plants in the ground. I love tomatoes but that’s way too many. LOL!!

    I’m cutting nettle and white yarrow for drying as well.

    My goal is to pick a bunch of honeysuckle for drying and a bunch more for making jelly.

    It’s a crazy, busy time of the year for me!!

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      Nina ,
      It is a busy time of year :). You must be a little warmer than we are . My strawberries and wild roses haven’t even hardly started. I hadn’t every thought of using rosewater in tea will defiantly have to try this year. We can’t even think about planting our tomato’s until the first of June. I wish I could fine some nettle here I have to order it, we do have a lot of yarrow though. Good luck with getting it all done :).
      Have a great day

  2. Debbie Kitterman

    Thanks for sharing this! I remember making and freezing giant batches of strawberry jam every year! Thanks for linking up with #TuneInThursday this week. See you next time!