Week 20 Deep Pantry / Food Storage Challenge

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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. 


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


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.


20 Cans of Soup / 20 Pounds Rice

20 cans of soup, get what your family will eat. ( there is no point in having something that no one likes)  Wal-Mart has soup for 1.00 to 1.68 a can, depending on what you get. You can also can your own.

20 Pounds of Rice. Wal-Mart has 20 pounds of rice for 8.13. You can store in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers in buckets. Or in buckets, I put a couple bay leaves in my buckets of rice to help keep out unwanted critters. I am able to store a lot of things in just buckets because they are stored where they stay frozen all winter, if you don’t get a good freeze then it is best to store things in mylar bags inside buckets.

How is the cooking from scratch coming along?  Always be on the lookout for older cookbooks, they have a lot of really good from scratch recipes.

Are you finding any alternative lighting?  Remember our ancestors went to bed when the sun went down and got up when the sun came up. If you are doing this you won’t have to use as much extra lighting. If you are putting back oil lamps be sure and have extra lamp oil or kerosene. You can also make candles from tallow, lard and vegetable oils, with all cotton mop strings for wicks.

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 I was able to get done.

I bought 8 cases of pineapples and I have 20 pints canned so far. I cooked a large ham which I will get canned up next week. That was about all I got done on my pantry.

What were you able to get done?


5 Replies to “Week 20 Deep Pantry / Food Storage Challenge”

  1. NRP

    20 Cans of Soup ;
    I will admit I’m a Soup-Alcoholic. Soup is one of the easiest ways to build the Deep-Pantry.
    Hit up Wally World and stock up, especially in the beginning stages of building that Pantry. The varity and avalibility is outstanding and CHEAP!!!!

    20 Pounds of Rice;
    I always suggest when someone buys Rice, freeze if for at least 2 weeks. Bugs and Larva are everywhere, the freezing will kill them off.
    Lastly, for this long winded old fart, I store Beans and Rice in 5 gallon food-grade buckets with only a stick of Wriggles Spearmint Gum in the bucket. It helps keep the Bugs at bay. I have heard of folks also using a Bay Leaf in the Bucket also.

    PS; How do you van the Pineapple without it turning nasty?

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      I love soups to they are so quick and easy and good when in a hurry. I use the gum in my flour ( you really want to make sure it isn’t still in the flour when you make bread, especially if you plan on giving some of the bread away, Don’t ask how I know haha.).
      I have always put bay leaves in my rice. Never a problem with bugs in flour or rice when doing this ( I do freeze both first though).
      I just posted how I can my pineapple I think it comes out good ( I really think the raw pack makes a difference).
      Have a great day
      Connie ( AKA) Ranchers Wife

  2. Debbie Kitterman

    You have an amazing pantry – and it’s large too! Wow, my isn’t very big, but I did spend last weekend cleaning and organizing it. I am your neighbor over at #FridaysAtTheFirestation … But I also am stopping by from my own #TuneInThursday linkup- thanks for linking up with me and have a blessed holiday weekend.

  3. Jann Olson

    I made a batch of strawberry jam this morning. that about all I’ve found time to do as far as food preserving this ‘s week. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with SYC.