Week 21 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


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 filling a deep pantry, read my post on having a Deep Pantry on a tight budget.

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.

50 Pound Wheat or Flour / Toilet Tissue

50 Pounds of wheat or flour.

I don’t remember the exact price of flour at Wal-Mart, but I know it was right around 9.00 for 25 pounds. So a little under 20 dollars for 50 pounds.

50 pounds of flour or wheat, if you have a grinder you can get wheat, if not get flour. White flour will last longer than wheat flour in storage. If you live in a place that freezes during the winter get your flour now and you can store it out in a shed or somewhere where it will freeze. Just pour in a bucket, add a couple pieces of spearmint gum, and put the lid on.  If it freezes really good for at least a few days, it will last a very long time (I opened some flour a few months ago from 08 and it was still good). If you don’t live where it freezes you will need to put it in some Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers.  If using Mylar bags you still need to put them in buckets, this will keep varmints from trying to chew through.

Toilet Tissue, This is definitely something you want to have on hand and not run out of. Even if you store a cheaper brand then what you normally use. I also store bags of rags that I get for a dollar at the second-hand store ( just a bunch of t-shirts, I wash in bleach when I get them home), these can be cut and used as family cloths if needed. You can read about the Family Cloth Here

How is the cooking from scratch coming along?   Start with small things and work your way up to larger things such as making your own mixes, then working up to from scratch cakes and other not real detailed things and just keep working up, till everything you cook is from scratch. (you will save so much money and be eating so much more healthy).

Are you finding any alternative lighting?

If you putting back candles don’t forget matches and lighters, It would be very frustrating to have a bunch of candles but no way to light them. Also if using candles, you can put them in front of a mirror to get a little extra light in the room from them.

Put back some more water. Store bought or containers that you fill yourself. If you get store bought try to get the pba free bottles, they are better for you, and these you will be able to reuse.

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

What did I get done this week?

About all I got done was canned 20 pints of pineapple juice that I made from the cores and peels and put 18 pounds of strawberries in the freezer. Also got a part of the garden planted.

What were you able to get done this week?

2 Replies to “Week 21 Deep Pantry / Food Storage Challenge”

  1. NRP

    Hi All;

    I’ve given my spiel on Wheat Flour and the needs to Freeze it and having a GREAT Grinder, so no need to repeat that. Just get some and get one GOOD Grinder.

    Now; Toilet Tissue, aka Toilet Paper, aka TP;
    This is one of those things I harp on a LOT on a few other BLOGS.
    Here is a scenario for y-all. A household with a Wife and a few dozen kids running around, a small SHTF hits and suddenly the availability of TP is cut short or non-existent. Can anyone imagine this poor “Man of the House” and the beating he is in for? I mean really, A house without 2-3 months of TP is absolutely nuts to me.
    Do the Math, one roll per person per week….. A household with 6 people = 150ish rolls for 6 MONTHS @ $18 per 32 rolls at Sam’s Club, ok, with me so far? That’s 4.78 bricks of TP or $86 plus or minus.
    Someone please tell me they can’t afford a hundred bucks for TP for 6 months of Preparedness……

    Alternate Lighting; I got some Solar Rechargeable lanterns, for around $9.oo each in Amazon, plus a ton of Strike Anywhere Matches, VERY cheap. Hit the Thrift Shops for Candles, BUT please know the number one source of accidental home fires is a lite candle that’s left to burn the house down. Happens almost every day.
    Add a few Kerosene Lanterns and you’re good to go.

    Add more money to your money stash;
    Here is an Idea I have adapted, first and foremost never us CC’s to buy ANYTHING, Next always put your ‘change’ into a change jar, next I only use $5 bills or larger to make purchases. Put the $1’s in a nice stack with a Binder Clip on them, once you reach $100 Vacuum Seal them in a Bag and drop them in the bottom of the Chest Freezer. You’ll be surprised how fast it adds up. Another thing, don’t keep your money in a Bank, Cash your checks for “real” currency and put in a very safe place, like a safe maybe?
    Tis amazing when you actually start pealing out real $ bills it seems harder to spend and you end up spending less and less.

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      A very good idea about CC debt, A couple years ago I racked up some CC debt ( Still trying to get it paid off). They will be paid off and not used anymore. I have gotten where I just use cash, it does make a huge difference in what you buy.

      You are so right about collecting change it adds up fast. Years ago when I was waitressing I put all my change in a coffee can and I used that to pay my rent with every month. I need to start doing the ones that way.

      Have a great day