Week 43 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.

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.

10 Cans soup / Pet care

10 cans of soup, get what you and your family likes and will eat. Wal-Mart has soup from 1.00 on up. Also Kroger runs soups on sale pretty often. You can also can your own.

Pet Care, If you have pets be sure and stock up on food and the things that they will need such as vaccines and flea control items.

The Action Item for this month is to learn to sew.

If you know the basics then you can make your own clothes and your children’s clothes. There are a lot of easy patterns out there. It is really nice when you can also mend you family’s clothes be it fixing a hole of taking up something. If you know someone who sews they would more than likely love to teach you how. I saved so much money when my kids were smaller by making theirs and my clothes.

The extra item for this month is fuel.

You should have a little extra on hand especially if you have a generator. Be very careful when you store extra fuel. If at all possible you should keep it in an outbuilding, because there will be fumes from it. When you store gas for an extended period of time you need to add a fuel stabilizer to it, and if you can try to rotate it pretty often. Store what you use, if you have diesel vehicles you will also need to store some diesel.

You should never let your fuel levels in your vehicles get below ½ a tank (This is something I so need to work on, I hate putting in fuel so I wait until the last minute) I am thinking of putting a piece of tape on the half way mark so I cannot see under it. Then I will be more likely to get fuel when it is on the half way mark.


What were you able to get done this week?





5 Replies to “Week 43 Deep Pantry/ Food Storage Challenge”

  1. Nina

    We’re putting another beef in our freezer so this week I took some old beef and pressure-canned it up. I didn’t do a bunch but I did get 13 quarts put up along with some pork loin canned as well. I also took the bones and leftover veggie scraps and made beef & veggie broth. This made some really nice tasting broth for soups and also for when and if we get sick this Winter. I love to drink this when I’m feeling like a weakling! I don’t go the full length and make bone broth due to the fact that we didn’t get a totally organic beef put up last year but it makes great regular broth. I only use organic bones for bone broth, which is by far superior; but at least none of my meat and bones went totally to waste!

    I have a bunch of butternut squash and acorn squash in the basement that still needed to be wiped down and coated in a thin layer of oil for storage – so I got that accomplished. I dug some horseradish, cleaned and stored some unprocessed in the frig drawer. I also made a gallon of Fire Cider. It will be finished and ready to use in a few weeks. I don’t use that much fire cider but make extra for my other family members. Other than that, most of my extra time, which has been very limited, was spent getting in the rest of the herbs and drying, saving seeds and storing.

    I did drop by Wal-Mart and picked up more Coleman Propane fuel in those small cylinders. We have little heaters that we use by just screwing in the cylinders. They are so handy when the Winter weathers cuts our heat off. My wish list is a fireplace but our home is not really conducive to building one and since we are a little older we’ve decided to stay away from the whole smoke thing. If we have to we will, but for now we’re opting for lung power! LOL!!

    Thanks for your site. It’s nice to talk about some of this stuff. People aren’t too very aware or proactive in my neck of the woods!

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      Sounds like you are still busy, I love having meat canned up it is so handy for a quick meal. And nothing better then homemade broth.
      Ok I have to admit I have never heard of oiling down the squash for storage but it makes sense.Will have to remember that. One of those little heaters is on my wish list I think they would be so handy.
      And your welcome,I know it is hard to find people that you can talk to about this kind of stuff. When I do I probably run then off because I get so excited that I have someone I can talk to about these kinds of things haha.
      Have a great day

      1. Nina

        Just take your squash and rub it all over with oil of choice. Then take a rag and wipe them down. That leaves a thin coating on them which, supposedly, fills any air holes that might allow bacteria to grow from the outside in. It’s just what I’ve been taught, but I’ve tried NOT putting oil on and have lost some of my squash and with the oil rarely do I lose any. I really don’t know if it’s a correct technique or not but it works for me.

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      Lady Locust,
      I know it always feels good when you know you have some fuel put back before winter hits.