Week 24 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

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.

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.


20 pounds Pasta / Dried Potatoes

20 Pounds of pasta, I usually get macaroni and spaghetti noodles since it is pretty easy to make your own noodles. Wal-Mart has these for 1.00, and City Market will sometimes put them on sale for 50 cents.

Dried Potatoes, You can dry your own or buy boxes of instant potatoes, if you dry your own you can get large bags of potatoes from the farmer, or get them when on sale. ( here is how) Another easy way to dehydrate potatoes if you don’t have a cheap and easy way to get fresh is to buy frozen and dehydrate them. ( here is how)


Are you finding your shut off valves and breakers, and learning how to close and shut off them? You never know when you may need to do this, like a huge water leak, being able to shut off the water at the main could save a lot of water damage and a large water bill.


Are you finding any games, puzzles, or books? When getting books also try to get history books, the older the better. With things the way they are in the world, they are rewriting history. So have the older books so you can pass on the real histories. Here is a list of a few of the books that I have that I think are important to have.

What was I able to get done this week?

I canned 40 pints of Strawberry Lemonade concentrate, 20 pints of bacon, 17 pints of BBQ pulled pork. Got more of the garden planted and finally got set up on a weekly milk delivery.


Have been working on the backyard and getting ready for a birthday, and Fathers day party. Of course, instead of just getting what I have ready I decided I needed to redo half of the backyard. I am hoping Andy will bring me the small tractor from out at the old homestead it would sure help me be able to get things done a lot quicker.


What were you able to get done?

3 Replies to “Week 24 Deep Pantry / Food Storage Challenge”

  1. NRP

    As far as shut-off valves;

    If you’re on “City or Municipal” Water systems, you probably have a 3 foot deep “Can” buried in the yard somewhere, probably near the road. Shutting this off will either involve your crawling on your belly with a pair of plies or a wrench sticking your hand/arm through 10,000 spiders, May I suggest you purchase a “Key” for doing this, they are VERY cheap and are universal to 99.99999% of all water meters.

    Same with the Gas shutoff, of you’re on Nat Gat. You’ll need a wrench to shut it off at the Meter, if on Propane (normally a tank) there “should” be a simple round handle to turn it off. DO NOT attempt to shut it off if there is a fire close by, just get the heck away from the area….. One other thing, I have found that Wasp LOVE to build nest under the lid of a Propane Tank, be careful when you open the tank cover lid.

    Electrical Breakers, if you need to turn off the “Power”, there is (99.99% of the time) a Main Breaker or Handle that will shut off the entire panel, will save you time to get that one first.

    I agree with Rancher’s Wife, Learn where and how to turn these off BEFORE the need arises.
    Question, do you KNOW how to use a Fire Extinguisher and ‘when to’ or ‘when to just get the heck OUT!!!!’?
    What do you do when/if you smell Gas? Fire? Smoke? Lightening hits the House?

    Please do NOT become a victim, become an asset to Safety.

  2. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

    Do you mind if I put some of your comment into the article? And you are so right about the 10,000 spiders haha and I HATE spiders.