Week 39 Deep Pantry / Food Storage Challenge

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“A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 27:12

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.


50 pounds wheat / Beef, Chicken, Vegetable, Bouillon Cubes, Base.

50 pounds wheat / flour

If you don’t have a grinder there is no point in getting wheat so get flour. Flour at Wal-Mart is 8.44 for 25 pounds. Whichever you get, flour or wheat, if any way possible freeze it for at least 48 hours this will kill all the little pest in the flour.  I store mine outside in a shed we have very cold winters and it stays frozen all winter. I have some from 08 that is still good. If storing in the summer, put in the freezer for 48 hours before storing.  If you live in a warmer climate you will need to use oxygen absorbers, and put in Mylar bags.( Unless you get flour or wheat that is already in long term storage containers).

If you store wheat put it in an air tight container with some dry ice. My dad stored some wheat this way about 20 years ago he opened one the other day and it was still good and bug free. Or you can store in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers

Bouillon cubes or bases in chicken, vegetable and beef

These are handy to have you can make a hot cup of broth or add to noodles or rice for a little flavor. You can also use these instead of broth.

The extra item this month is to try and find alternate heating sources.

 With winter on it’s way and  all the disasters  going on in the world right now, fires, hurricanes, terror attacks and not to mention the threat of N. Korea right now. you might want to look for alternate heat sources. 

There are many places that are without power right now. How would you heat your house without power? A wood stove is ideal but some people are unable to have a wood stove so they will have to find alternatives.If you do have  wood stove be sure to have enough wood to last all winter.  There are some real good propane heaters out there but you will have to have propane stored also. Be careful about ventilation when considering your heat sources. Endless people have been asphyxiated due to carbon monoxide poisoning because they chose the wrong option to heat their living space. Some buildings have windows which will not open, and this must be considered when thinking of your  heat sources. Be sure and have carbon monoxide detectors.   

Also it would  be wise to have some extra warm clothing and blankets on hand. Long underwear, thick socks, gloves, hats (something comfortable enough to sleep in), warm outer clothing, and good sleeping bags and/or blankets for every member of the family are a must. I’d consider co-sleeping as a family during the coldest of nights as well. Nothing like body heat to warm you up!


The action item this month is a grab and go binder,

This will have copies of all your important papers, insurance papers copies of credit cards, social security card, licenses, bank account information, marriage and divorce papers. In addition to phone numbers, addresses. You could even add a flash drive with some important pictures and pictures of the contents in your home. This way you only have minutes to leave your house you can grab it and have a copies of the important papers in case something happens to your home. Be sure to store somewhere safe but also easy to grab in a hurry.

Add more to your money stash and put back a little more water.


2 Replies to “Week 39 Deep Pantry / Food Storage Challenge”

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      Lady Locust,
      I also need to work on mine some more I started one some time back and just never got it finished so it is also on my winter list to do.
      Have a great day,