“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.
50 pounds Wheat / Cocoa powder, chocolate chips, chocolate milk mix ect.
Wheat will store longer then flour, but if you don’t use wheat or don’t have a grinder there is no point in storing wheat so get 50 pounds of flour. If you live in a cold climate you can store the wheat or flour in buckets out in a shed where they will stay frozen all winter this will kill all the little critters that are in them. I also like to add some spearmint gum with the flour (someone told me years ago that that will help keep out the bugs). If you live in a warmer climate you will need to store in airtight containers and use oxygen absorbers in them to kill all the critters, or put in the freezer for 48 hours. I like to buy my flour and wheat in the fall so that it will sit in the cold all winter long. I have flour from 08 that is still good.
Cocoa Powder, Chocolate chips, Chocolate Milk Mix.
It is nice to have a little chocolate when things are bad. If you can find cocoa powder in bulk it is a little cheaper.
You can make your own chocolate chips if you have cocoa powder I will try to show how soon. If you do store chocolate chips you need to make sure you store them with no oxygen. I have an attachment with my seal a meal to get the air out of jars for dry packing. I have some from 5 years ago that are still good You could put them in your seal a meal bags. Or you could also store them with oxygen absorbers ( I haven’t used these yet but have heard they are easy and really work).
Same thing for chocolate milk mix if you have cocoa powder you can make your own.
Add a little more to our money stash remember it all adds up and every little bit helps.
Put back a little more water.
Have you thought about or got a wheat grinder? You can find some smaller hand grinders for under 100 dollars.
Are you getting information on medicinal herbs found? Be sure to learn what is in your area first then if need be you can harvest at home and in your area.
What I was able to get done this week.
I bought 2 cases of peaches, 7 watermelons ( for the juice), 2 cases of apples, picked 2 five gallon buckets of cucumbers ( still a lot to come), 2 five gallon buckets of bell peppers, 1/2 a bushel of tomatoes, several large zucchinis, 50 pounds of sugar, stuff to get my cough syrup started, and stuff for fire cider, and several pounds of grapes ( I got a few off my vines but not enough)Pretty sure you can tell what I am going to be doing this next week haha.