Week 47 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.

5 Pounds Shortening, lard, or oils / Foil. wrap, and baggies

Shortening, lard and oils,I use my own rendered lard to cook with since it is better for you then the hydrogenated shortenings.  I do keep a little shortening and oil on hand. I use the oil in a spray bottle to spray the bottom of pans. The shortening I use in soap. As with everything be sure to rotate. If you plan to make your own soaps you might want to try and get a little extra. Shortening will last longer then oils if kept in a cool place. I keep lard and just rotate it, same as shortening if keep in a cool, place it will keep longer. I also have some tallow and lard canned which helps to keep it longer. Wal-Mart has 8 LBS lard for 9.78, 2 LBS 10 OZ shortening for 3.98, and 1 gallon Vegetable oil for 5.96, Get what you use so you will be able to rotate.

Foil, plastic wrap, wax paper ,and baggies They are handy to have. I am trying to get away from using any of these. But I do like to have the wax paper and baggies for freezing. The foil and plastic wrap I have cut way back on and hope to completely stop using these. I hope to do a post soon on some of the alternates to these things. Remember you can wash out the baggies and reuse, unless you have stored meat in them.

The action item this month is to learn to crochet or knit. This way you can make your blankets, socks, scarves, hats and a gifts. If you don’t have anyone to teach you u-tube has a lot of how to videos. Just start simple then work your way up. I taught myself when I was in my twenty’s, in fact I started on string making dollies, it was several years before I started on yarn. Now my goal is to spin my own yarn to use.  I love being able to crochet while watching T.V. I don’t feel like I am just wasting time while watching T.V.. 

The extra item this month is, Do It Your Self Books . It is handy to have books on things you are wanting to learn or even what you all ready know so that you have a reference if you need. These make great Christmas gifts to give and to ask for. 

Add some more to your water supply.

Try to put back some more in your money stash I know December is hard to put back money, but even if it is a small amount. As I have said every little bit helps and adds up.

With getting ready for the party I didn’t get much done. I did get 250 pounds of pinto beans.

What were you able to get done this week ?